Accessible & exceptional care


Over our 38-year history we have raised over 100 million dollars in support of Ascension Saint Thomas Hospitals and Outpatient Centers.

We embrace the philosophy and mission of healing and service to those who are struggling and the patients, families and communities served by our ministry.

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Each day, we embrace our role ensuring the best care is available through a health care system that is both accessible and exceptional.

Our experienced team is deeply dedicated to Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation’s mission of providing hope, healing and service to those who are struggling in communities throughout Middle Tennessee.

Foundation Board Of Directors

  • Bob Higgins

    Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation Chairman

  • Harold Fogelberg

    Vice Chairman & Outreach Committee Chair

  • Doug Small

    Treasurer & Investment Committee Chair

  • Beth Newell

    Secretary & Grants Committee Chair

  • Tim Adams

    President/Chief Executive Officer

Foundation Board Members

  • Allison Jones

    Community Activist

  • Bill Martin

    Community Activist

  • Tim Adams

    President and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas

  • Robert Higgins

    President and CEO, Barge Design Solutions

  • Harold Fogelberg

    Professor, Belmont University and Retired Banker

  • Doug Small

    Founder and CEO, Blue Dog Merch

  • Beth Newell

    Author and Community Activist

  • Robert Barbieri

    Partner, Finance/Operations; Interim CEO/COO/CFO, TechCXO

  • Fabian Bedne

    Senior Manager, Community Development, Office of Mayor

  • Bryan Bell

    Regional Director and VP First Tennessee Bank

  • James H. Clayton, III

    CEO, Infoworks, Inc.

  • Carroll Crosslin

    Community Activist

  • Adelaide Davis

    Writer and Entrepreneur

  • Lisa Davis

    CFO, Ascension Saint Thomas

  • Susan Mosley-Howard

    Retired Dean and Professor, Ascension Saint Thomas Volunteer

  • Patricia Kyger

    Community Activist

  • Scott R. Mertie

    President, Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC

  • Brooks Parker

    Sales Manager, Streamline Event Agency

  • Molly Petroni

    Community Activist

  • Kathleen (Kathy) Pohlid

    Employee Attorney and Retired Military Officer

  • Greg Pope

    Chief Mission Integration Officer, Ascension Saint Thomas Health

  • Michael (Mike) Schatzlein

    Former Senior VP, Ascension Healthcare

  • Patrick (Pat) Shepherd

    CEO, Avondale Partners

  • Stuart Spears

    Former Senior VP / Chief Revenue Officer, Tennessee Titans

  • Fahad Tahir

    Chief Strategy Officer, Ascension Saint Thomas

  • Bryant Tirrill

    Senior VP, Truxton Trust

  • Carol Titus

    Retired, Pinnacle Financial Partners

  • Rosemary Walters

    Former Nurse and Small Business Owner

  • Nancy Zoretic

    Retired, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Committee Members

  • Mike Yopp

    Partner, Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis, LLP

  • Martha Larkin

    Community Activist

  • David LaRoche

    Attorney, LaRoche Law Office

  • Landon Gibbs

    Managing Partner, Altitude Ventures

A cross shines through

Our Mission Statement

Three Pillars of the Foundation

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.

Our Three Pillars

Compassion for Struggling Patients

The Foundation offers an extra measure of support to patients who are struggling financially providing essential needs allowing them to heal properly and with dignity. Once a patient in need leaves one of our medical facilities, they do not leave our care.

Healing at Home:
The Foundation offers direct assistance to patients with urgent needs not covered by health insurance or for those with no insurance at all.  Once identified by an Ascension Saint Thomas Health social worker, the Foundation aids patients in healing at home through medical equipment (from walkers to personal heart defibrillators), dental care or IV antibiotics.

Dispensary of Hope:
Ensuring all patients have the medicines they need is vital to our mission and donor support directed to Dispensary of Hope delivers these resources to thousands of patients each year.

Family Care Centers:
Ascension Saint Thomas community health clinics serve as the medical home for thousands of low-income and uninsured patients and families.  The Foundation offsets the cost of preventative and ongoing care to those served by these centers.

Commitment to Superb Patient Care

All persons deserve the best care available delivered through a health care system that is both accessible and exceptional.

Expanded Access to Care:
The Foundation funds efforts that expand Ascension Saint Thomas Health’s reach to serve the underserved.  Whether it’s programs like Our Mission in Motion mobile mammography unit or Camp Bluebird for adult cancer patients and survivors, the Foundation champions causes which provide access and care for all.

Patient Care Facilities & Centers of Excellence:
Foundation donors make a remarkable impact on facilities and equipment elevating care for all patients. From the improvement of patient waiting areas to the expansion of vital care service lines such as the Craig Center for Advanced Wound Healing, philanthropic support uplifts the Ascension Saint Thomas patient experience.

Courageous Innovation:
Working with medical staff, the Foundation assists with the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to provide superb care. Often championing advancements that are newly available, the Foundation invests in items such as cutting-edge programs that improve patient outcomes.

Consideration for Ascension Saint Thomas Caregivers

Largely through the annual Associate Giving Fundraising Campaign, the Foundation stems the needs of those who work for our ministry; improving their lives and helping them realize their full potential as an individual and a caregiver.

Emergency Assistance:
When an Ascension Saint Thomas employee is faced with a crisis like a spouse’s job loss, sudden illness or other traumatic disrupters of life, the Foundation assists with basic needs.

Donor support allows the Foundation to provide scholarships to help associates aspiring for a first or even a higher level degree in healthcare.

The Foundation assists associates who desire to learn a new skill or expand their expertise in their field beyond what is expected by underwriting professional conferences and workshops to grow our people and improve the patient experience.

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100% of every donation to the Foundation goes directly to our programs.