Rutherford Nurse Receives Dept. Of Defense Award


Pictured Above:Stacey Beaven, Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital; Tara Coleman, Director of Nursing; Kristi Crass, Nurse Manager; and Regina Grissom ESGR Volunteer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Feb. 24, 2016) – The Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization within the Department of Defense, has awarded a Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Nurse Manager for her unwavering support of her Service member employees.

 ESGR Volunteer Regina Grissom presenting Kristi Crass with pin
ESGR Volunteer Regina Grissom presenting Kristi Crass with pin

Kristi Crass, nurse Manager of the fifth floor, received her award earlier this month at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. Regina Grissom, an ESGR volunteer, presented the award and pin to Crass for her achievement.

Crass was nominated for this award by a former associate who serves in the National Guard and Reserve. She praised Crass for always being accommodating and flexible with her military schedule and also noted that Crass repeatedly thanked her for her selfless service to the country.

In addition to Crass’ patriotic support, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is a supporter of the ESGR. Saint Thomas Rutherford leadership signed a Statement of Support, committing to be an employer who appreciates the values, leadership and unique skills that service members bring to the hospital.

ESGR Volunteer Regina Grissom presenting Kristi Crass with award
ESGR Volunteer Regina Grissom presenting Kristi Crass with award

“Saint Thomas Rutherford is truly happy to support the Guard and Reserve,” said Stacey Beaven, Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

The ESGR and the employers that support it are vital to the National Guard and Reserve. Without supportive employers and managers, such as Crass, it would be hard for a Service member to have stability in the workforce upon returning to civilian life. The ESGR educates, recognizes, mediates and advocates for both service members and employers to ensure a mutually-beneficial partnership.




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


Ascension ( 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 compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and 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 living 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, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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