Turner Construction Company Recognized For Work on Saint Thomas Health Joint Replacement Center

March 01, 2016


Middle Tennessee’s branch of Associated General Contractors (AGC) honors Turner Construction Company with Award of Excellence in 2016 Build Tennessee Awards

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) has awarded to Turner Construction Company's Nashville office its prestigious Build Tennessee Awards for the company’s work on the Saint Thomas Health Joint Replacement Center project.

The annual Build Tennessee Awards program recognizes construction excellence across the state. Turner’s work at Saint Thomas Health received AGC’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor available within the Build Tennessee Awards. Turner was honored in the $16-18 million renovation category.

Completed in August 2015, the $16.7 million, 67,200-square-foot Joint Replacement Center is located on the eighth floor of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. The cutting-edge facility for surgeons and supporting staff members allows them to provide the highest quality experience to their orthopedic patients.

To create the Joint Replacement Center, Turner converted three patient wings and a medical imaging department into a pre-operative medicine clinic, a sterile processing department, prep and recovery bays and eight surgery suites. Two ancillary patient floors were also renovated to relocate three patient floors/departments before construction could begin on the surgery suites and supporting areas.

To meet an aggressive 12-month schedule, Turner was part of an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach, a method in which the builder collaborates closely with the owner (Saint Thomas Health), architect (Freeman White) and engineer (TME, Inc.). Open and regular communication among the team ensured that the highest quality facility was built – and was done so with zero interruption to patient care throughout the project’s duration.

“We are honored to win this AGC Award of Excellence on behalf of Saint Thomas, our partner in creating outstanding health care facilities in Nashville for nearly 30 years,” said Kevin Williams, Special Project Division Manager at Turner. “The completion of the Joint Replacement Center has positioned Saint Thomas Health as an elite orthopedic provider and further solidified its role as market leader for total joint replacement. It’s a privilege to have helped its team achieve this goal.”

“The Joint Replacement Center at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is a key element of the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute,” said John Michael Eargle, Saint Thomas Health vice president for the orthopedic service line. “The Institute model focuses on creating a superior experience for both the patient and the physician in the joint replacement space. These patients have unique needs and their physicians are highly skilled surgeons committed to the highest quality results. We are so pleased that our focus on consistent, effective processes is supported and enhanced by our physical environment.”

Winners of the 2016 Build Tennessee Awards were recognized at the ACG awards dinner and presentation on Feb. 18 at the Loveless Barn.

Turner also received Build Tennessee Awards for the following projects:

  • Boeing 48-20 Testing Lab Addition (Huntsville) – Award of Merit in the “renovation projects under $5 million” category.
  • State of TN Attorney General and Department of Child Services Renovation (Nashville) – Award of Excellence in the “renovation projects under $10 million” category.
  • Schwan Cosmetics USA Corporate and Production Headquarters (Murfreesboro) – Award of Excellence in the “new construction over $25 million” category.

About Saint Thomas Health
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services and covers a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com.

About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering personalized, compassionate care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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