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TriStar Summit breaks ground on $64 million hospital expansion

The project is part of a nearly $100 million growth initiative that will significantly expand access to top-quality healthcare in Davidson and Wilson counties.

December 16, 2022
Hospital staff in business attire and helmets shovel dirt at groundbreaking ceremony.

TriStar Summit Medical Center broke ground on a $64 million three-story tower project that will add 119,504 square feet to expand critical care capacity and enhance the existing visitors lobby and cafeteria space. The project will also include infrastructure that allows for future growth. The tower expansion marks the latest milestone of an extensive, nearly $100 million growth initiative that will increase access to top-quality healthcare services in Davidson and Wilson counties.

“Patients are our highest priority and are at the center of everything we do,” said Daphne David, chief executive officer of TriStar Summit. “The tower expansion will provide additional access to high-acuity services for the communities we serve and prepare us for continued growth in the future.”

The tower expansion will transform the ground floor visitors lobby, completely renovating and expanding the existing kitchen and dining area. A new outdoor seating area will enhance the dining experience for patients, visitors and staff.

The first-floor balcony will connect the new tower to the existing hospital. The expansion will add 16 beds to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), increasing the current number to 40 ICU beds. The second floor will be developed to support future inpatient capacity needs.

Construction of the tower is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Growing to meet the needs of the community

As TriStar Summit Medical Center approaches 30 years of providing top-quality healthcare services to Hermitage and its surrounding areas, the hospital’s commitment to growing with the communities it serves has only grown stronger. By the end of 2022, TriStar Summit will have completed or broken ground on projects totaling nearly $100 million. In addition to the $64 million tower expansion, significant investments include:


  • 25-bed Observation Unit - $20 million. The Observation Unit opened in December 2022 and serves as an extension of the hospital. Patients whose condition may potentially require hospital admission are now able to remain in the Observation Unit for 24-48 hours for assessment. The unit frees up space in the emergency room so patients can be seen quickly and efficiently.
  • 5th Floor renovation - $4 million. The 5th Floor renovation project includes new flooring throughout the unit and patient room enhancements, including new furniture and renovated bathrooms. A new nurses unit is also being completed.
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) expansion - $3.6 million. The GME expansion project created new classroom space, as well as a lounge and sleep space for students who are on call. Residents from sister facilities TriStar Centennial and TriStar Skyline will rotate through the program, gaining critical insight into services provided by TriStar Summit. The project was completed in July.
  • Mt. Juliet Freestanding ER expansion - $1 million. The phased expansion project to increase access to emergency medical services along the I-40 East corridor kicked off June 15. The project will add three exam rooms to the facility and a storage building on the campus.

“This tremendous investment in services and facilities underscores our commitment to elevating the level of healthcare available in the Hermitage, Mount Juliet and Lebanon communities,” said Daphne David, CEO of TriStar Summit. “Since the hospital opened its doors in 1994, we have remained committed to improving lives and ensuring patients receive compassionate care at our hospital. We will continue to invest in key medical services our neighbors need.”

Fiscal Responsibility

Among the area’s largest healthcare providers, TriStar Summit employs more than 1,000 colleagues who serve the more than 13,000 patients who are admitted and nearly 60,400 patients who visit its ERs each year. The hospital is a major taxpayer, contributing nearly $1.5 million to the local and state economies through taxes paid.

Learn about the full breadth of services provided at TriStar Summit at

[Photo Caption: Pictured L-R at the Tower groundbreaking ceremony are: Daphne David, CEO of TriStar Summit; Taylor Sawyer, Associate Administrator of TriStar Summit; Randall Hutto, Mayor of Wilson County; Charles Boyd, Chief Operating Officer of TriStar Summit; Heather Stafford, DNP, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of TriStar Summit; David Cantrell, Chief Financial Officer of TriStar Summit; Vito Capotorto, MD, Chief Medical Officer of TriStar Summit; Aleece Hataway, Vice President of Quality and Risk Management at TriStar Summit; Stephanie Wise, Chief Nursing Officer of TriStar Health; Alana Brown, Board Chair of TriStar Summit]

December 16, 2022
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