Nashville, Tenn., (February 14, 2012) - TriStar Centennial Medical Center announced that the future of heart is here during a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. The new center will officially open in March.

TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center is Middle Tennessee's newest, largest, most technologically advanced, and complete heart program and facility. TriStar Centennial's heart care team includes leading cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and other specialists that are committed to quality outcomes for their patients.

'We are excited to offer Middle Tennessee communities access to the region's most advanced heart care program led by a team of renowned heart and vascular specialists,' said Thomas Herron, CEO, TriStar Centennial Medical Center. 'Our vision was to create a heart and vascular center developed with our patients in mind. This new state-of-the-art facility, combined with the network of physicians at our TriStar Family of Hospitals, will greatly expand the quality and trusted care for our current and potential patients for decades to come.'

The new TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center is designed to connect specialists, technology and patient care in a single, integrated location. The innovative layout allows patients to undergo testing, diagnostics and procedures all in one place and fosters an environment for leading heart specialists to share best practices. This environment allows multi-specialty heart teams to consult on patient care.

The 200,000 square-foot facility includes a dedicated entrance, 2,000 square-foot family waiting area, a hybrid operating room, electrophysiology labs, catheterization labs, an endovascular lab, cardiovascular operating rooms with streaming video integration for real-time consultation and education, private recovery rooms, cardiovascular intensive care unit, cardiovascular care unit, stress echocardiogram (ECHO) rooms, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) rooms, and a central pharmacy.

'Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Tennessee,' said Christopher Jones, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine Chair at TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. 'The new heart center provides the perfect platform for a world-class heart program right here in Middle Tennessee, providing  prevention, screening, and treatment all in one place. With the completion of this dedicated heart hospital, cardiac patients now have a place where they can find healing and hope in their battle against heart disease.'

To learn more about the heart and vascular services at TriStar Centennial, visit

Centennial Heart & Vascular Grand Opening
Thomas Herron, CEO, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, (left-center) and Thomas McRae, III, M.D., representing the multi-specialty team of TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center heart care specialists, (right-center) prepare to mark the facility grand opening with a ceremonial ribbon cutting February 14, 2012.

Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA/TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). One of Tennessee's most complete medical facilities, the hospital campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, Women's & Children's Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. To learn more, visit and click on Centennial Medical Center or call 800-242-5662.

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