What's going on?

There has been a proposed resolution brought before the County Commission with the option to sell Williamson Medical Center, which is currently a county-owned asset. We think it’s important that before anyone makes a decision about this they are informed of the implications of a sale as well as some facts surrounding this idea that aren’t widely known.

The idea of selling Williamson Medical Center was brought up as a way to pay off county debt and help fund schools. What’s important to note here is that Tennessee state law states that profits made from the sale of county-owned medical facilities can only be applied toward future health care expenditures. The funds CAN NOT be used for roads, debt, schools or any other non-healthcare related debt.

Also, the WMC Board of Trustees would have to agree to the sale before it can happen. None of our board members are in favor of selling Williamson Medical Center.

Our CEO, Don Webb, and COO, Julie Miller, recently discussed this matter during a live interview on WAKM radio. Watch the interview, in full, below:

Why does it matter?

Williamson Medical Center is deeply engrained in this community and in addition to providing top-tier quality health care for adults and children, here are a number of things we do to benefit our community that would likely go away if we were sold:

  • We operate EMS services for the county
  • We provide EMS coverage at all county high school home football games and wrestling events
  • We provide medical supplies to Franklin Special School District school nurse programs
  • We provide the instructor for two Williamson County schools who teach first responder courses to high school students at Page High and Fairview High
  • With more than 1,500 employees, we are one of the county’s largest employers
  • We provide physicians and top-level providers to do educational programming in businesses and for community groups
  • We contribute to county forensic services
  • We employ the physician and nurse practitioner at the health departments in Franklin and Fairview
  • We provide emergency medical training for Fire and Rescue first responders
  • In fiscal year 2016, we provided $12 million of uncompensated care
  • In fiscal year 2016, we provided $2.7 million of charity care
  • In fiscal year 2016, we provided $311,271 in discounted service to jail inmates
  • We provide 200 free mammograms for an underserved population of women
  • WMC pays $350,000 per year in property tax on our medical office buildings
  • We are dedicated to providing the most advanced technology
  • We were the first community hospital to purchase and implement the da Vinci Robotic System
  • We offer robotic-assisted surgery with the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic System
  • Our vascular hybrid room offers the latest and best technology for vascular patients
  • We offer 3D imaging capabilities for our breast health patients
  • We are a Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacements
  • Accredited in the following: Joint and Spine Center; Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Mammography, Breast Ultrasound and Percutaneous Breast Biopsy; Chest Pain Center; Sleep Center; Cancer program; Laboratory; Radiology services; Diabetes Education; Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II
  • Over the past year, we have recruited 14 new physician providers who have diversified our spectrum of care.
  • Williamson Medical Center is one of very few community hospitals nationwide that offers a dedicated children’s hospital and pediatric emergency department

What can I do?

  1. Find your official voting district.
  2. Find your county commissioner’s contact information.
  3. Contact your commissioners and tell them why you #StandWithWMC!
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Why Is WMC Important?

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“What I love about working at WMC is the community of providers. The people I work with seem to enjoy what they do. They are willing to discuss cases with me, work on problems together and not hide behind a curtain of anonymity that bigger healthcare systems can sometimes provide. Patients come for excellent care and not because it’s their only option. This facility attracts physicians and providers who want to be able to provide state-of-the-art care in an environment that cares about more than just a bottom line.

“WMC is the central hub of a unique network in Williamson County of walk-in clinics, primary care offices, orthopaedic practices, other specialty practices, and post-acute care facilities. It is unique in that there are so many high-quality facilities and practices that ultimately depend on WMC as their acute care facility of choice. Without WMC, I wouldn’t have a choice but to move my practice to Nashville, along with many other healthcare providers in this area. We are all here because we would rather be here than anywhere else.”

S. Shaefer Spires, MD
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Hospital Epidemiologist and Physician Chair of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Williamson Medical Center
“I arrived in Williamson County in June 1996 as part of a joint venture between Williamson Medical Center and Baptist Hospital. The goal was to increase primary care accessibility. Many of those physicians are still here actively practicing quality medicine. Similarly, in 2010 Williamson Medical Center had the goal of solidifying a primary care base and formed the Williamson Medical Group which actively purchased physician practices. That group continues to enjoy healthy expansion which ultimately increases access to the residents of this county. Williamson Medical Center is simply a great hospital and a great place to work. I fear that if the hospital became a private venture it would no longer serve the needs of Williamson County, but would ultimately serve the needs of a board of director’s whose primary goal would be profit. In the end nurse-to-patient ratios would increase, care would decline, and this amazing institution would become “just another hospital.”

Arthur Williams, D.O.
Family Medicine
Williamson Medical Group
"My wife Allison and I take a great deal of pride in working at Williamson Medical Center and really enjoy taking care of patients in our fields of pediatrics and radiology, respectfully, at such a beautiful, well-run facility.”

Michael Couden, M.D.
Radiologist with Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
“Only through community ownership and leadership of Williamson Medical Center are we assured the medical center's focus is on US - the people of Williamson County. I am honored to be a part.

“Being a part of Williamson Medical Center - community-focused, community-controlled and community-owned - is something in which I take great pride in. Serving my neighbors - and my own family - WMC continues to lead the way...lighting the path for others to follow.”

Cory L. Calendine, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Specializing in Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee
Vanderbilt Bone & Joint
“My first thought on a sale of the hospital is "no". Sale of the hospital would permanently change the culture of the medical center. I think of that culture as a community of people caring for its community. Most of the hospital employees are local residents who enjoy caring for their neighbors. It is WMC people that make the experience. I think that any corporate change would alter and damage this environment.

“I have had the great fortune to practice medicine for over twenty years at Williamson Medical Center. I have watched it grow and evolve from a small rural hospital to the state-of-the-art medical center it is today. Its best days lie ahead.”

Michael McNamara, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Specializing in Spinal Surgery
Vanderbilt Bone & Joint
“Williamson Medical Center has been a great partner with Mercy dating back many years as we have sought to serve our community together. From when we served pediatric patients only to now seeing adult patients, WMC has been a very significant resource for our patients. Our patients receive everything from specialty care, emergent care, diagnostic support, and inpatient treatment to newborn care at WMC.

“We have also established relationships with the leadership, providers, and staff of WMC that have helped us to serve our patients better and have been valuable partners in the changing landscape of healthcare. The new pediatric service has been a great blessing to our patients due to its proximity.”

Alex Brunner, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Community Healthcare
“Having Williamson's Pediatric Emergency Room staffed with Vanderbilt Pediatric physicians has been a tremendous benefit for my pediatric patients in Spring Hill. I know I can confidently send children there for rapid, thorough, evidence-based care, and it is much more accessible to families than driving to downtown Nashville.”

Hannah Renno, M.D.
Tennessee Pediatrics
“It would be a huge loss to me personally as my life was saved nine years ago by Dr. Patrick Murphy. I received all of my care for my lymphoma treatment at WMC. My regular doctors all practice there. It's where I feel safe. I practice there because that's how I want my patients to feel.”

Ysela Carrillo, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.
General Surgery/Surgical Critical Care
Williamson Medical Group
“My home is in Maury County and I will always go to WMC for my personal and family medical care. I would have to drive to Nashville to continue working, so instead, I would retire early.”

Ruth Lamar, M.D.
Medical Oncology
Tennessee Oncology and Hematology
“Twenty-two-years ago as of this July, I became a member of the WMC staff. I imagine any physician here could share their story. Both of my children were born in the same corner room in L&D - the interior has changed, there are some new faces, equipment more advanced. I have watched change and growth from cardiology to the NICU, just to name a couple, we have all been blessed. WMC is more than a hospital, it is a community of people with a common goal to bring the needed services locally with professionalism mixed with love because these patients are our friends and family that we see at the grocery store, church, and passing on the street. This is all irreplaceable and should be a treasured asset for Williamson County.”

Jacqueline Stafford, M.D.
Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s Center
“If WMC were sold, the focus would likely change from providing compassionate, patient centered care to focusing on revenue. The biggest difference between our county owned hospital and a for profit hospital is that we can provide a more comfortable patient experience than our competitors who are focused only on making a profit. Our patients deserve to have their health be our number one concern, and not have the profit of the shareholders or owners be the main concern.”

Andy Russell, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
Williamson Medical Center
“WMC to me embodies the personalized, compassionate care of a small-town medical center that I grew up with in my own small town. It does this while holding itself to the same high standards of medical practice observed by the big medical centers downtown. Similarly, the hospital operates specifically to benefit the people of Williamson County and surrounding areas--there is no other motive such as profit or research. As someone who trained at Vanderbilt, I can say that if I were to get sick, I would come to WMC in a heartbeat. If the hospital were to be sold, it would mean the loss of the last remaining personalized, comforting, small-town family hospital in Middle Tennessee, and that would be a shame.”

Levi Benson, M.D.
Sound Physicians
“Obviously, first, this would possibly affect the livelihood of myself as well as my family, as my current place of employment would be in question. Secondly, I strongly agree with and greatly appreciate the principles, mission, vision and values that WMC stands for. A new employer might not have those same principles, mission, vision, and values. It has been so refreshing to work for WMC.”

Anna Herring, PA-C
Family Medicine
Williamson Medical Group
“I think the sale of the hospital would be detrimental to the hospital’s primary mission of serving the medical needs of the residents of Williamson County. I am reminded of the development of the cardiac interventional program at WMC. This program was started by the late Dr. David Nierste. His primary motivation was to provide the best possible care for patients who arrived at WMC having acute MI. Prior to development of the interventional program, patients were either transferred to Nashville for emergent intervention, or treated with intravenous thrombolytic therapy (both options were suboptimal). Development and institution of the program required a significant amount of work, commitment, and sacrifice from the medical staff (particularly interventional cardiologist), administration, and staff (cath lab, nursing, EMS, etc). Nonetheless, the program has been successful, and we are now able to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients with acute MI. I am not sure that the same commitment would have been there under external ownership.”

Bill Fleet, M.D.
Interventional Cardiologist
Saint Thomas Heart - Franklin
“The wellness program at Franklin Synergy Bank is extremely beneficial and important to our team and we have Williamson Medical Center to thank for that! WMC has been a vital resource for our wellness program for a number of years. Without the support and guidance of WMC, we wouldn’t have been able to offer informative Lunch and Learns with Doctors, Dieticians, Physical Therapists and EMS. WMC has been able to teach our employees Hands-only CPR, first aid tips, healthy recipes, breast health awareness, diabetes awareness, daily exercise routines and so much more! WMC continues to make a significant impact on the health, wellness, and culture at Franklin Synergy Bank!”

Holly Bogle
Banking Officer
Imaging Manager
Wellness Officer
Franklin Synergy Bank
“I know that the families of our residents have a sense of security knowing that Williamson Medical Center is less than one mile from our community. Knowing that an ambulance can arrive so quickly is reassuring to our families. I feel that it is something that is part of the decision to move their loved one here. Also, many of the doctors they choose have their offices in the tower. Williamson Medical Center is a great asset to our community and it would be a great loss without it here. We are grateful for the educational outreach you offer to our community.”

Brenda Rummell
Activity Director
Fountains of Franklin
“Williamson Medical Center is a key component to how we as the YMCA serve Williamson County. Their partnership in our programs to help serve, support, and provide resources is invaluable. They believe in a bigger mission that enables the YMCA to continue to reach further in our community to enrich the lives of all people. It is a great blessing to have Williamson Medical Center as a partner and believe in the people and community they serve.”

Camille Mickle
District Development Director
Brentwood Family YMCA/Christ Church YMCA
"We experienced Williamson Medical Center when my husband had gotten extremely sick about 4 weeks ago. And the expertise and quick response from the emergency room to the hospital stay put us at ease. The hospital gave us a hometown feel. And would recommend to everyone!!! We will stand with you Williamson Medical Center!!!"

Gerald and Lori Herman
"I stand with WMC because it is family oriented. I do not want WMC to be sold. I'm happy the way it is. I love the atmosphere of friendliness, the support that we have for each other as employees."

Janice Belt
"I stand with WMC because our county NEEDS a fabulous hospital and Williamson Medical Center is it! Outstanding care. Centrally located. Do not sell our hospital! Countless lives depend on this hospital."

Nikki Andrews
'I stand with WMC because they have provided healthcare to my family for over 30 years… both for scheduled procedures and in emergency situations. I am a lifelong Williamson County resident. I take pride in knowing that my healthcare is top-tier quality AND that my provider is locally owned. My nursing friends asked why on earth I chose to deliver my child there opposed to a hospital in Nashville. And you know what? I'd deliver there again in a heartbeat. I trust the hospital staff, providers and care givers to do what is right to keep my family safe."

Jenny Matheny
"Because it's a great hospital just like it is."

Linda Crutcher
"I worked at WMC for 10 years and it was the best place I have ever worked BECAUSE it was not owned by a corporate company. The community outreach they provide would be lost if it was sold. Please keep WMC the way it is….a fabulous patient-centered facility."

Deni Tomlinson
"It's so nice to have a community hospital to go to!! I delivered my baby there and have used the emergency room and could not have asked for a better experience!!"

"I live in the outskirts of Murfreesboro and just 10 minutes from St. Thomas Rutherford. My first child was delivered there. However, I chose to drive 30 minutes to Williamson Medical Center for all my OB appointments and the deliveries of my next 2 children because WMC is different. At WMC you are not just another person having a baby. You are paired with one nurse who treats you like you are the only person in the world that matters. At shift change you aren't worried about who the new nurse will be because they all treat you this way. My doctor was there for both of my deliveries because she actually delivers the majority of her patients' babies. This is not the case at many of the other area hospitals. It is a state-of-the-art hospital that has still managed to keep the small-town feel. They really care. Everyone involved with the birth of my children knew every detail of my birth plan and made every effort to accommodate my requests without a second thought. I felt like they had all studied it as if their lives depended on it. I tell everyone I know how great WMC is. Staying local would've been easier and cheaper, but it was worth every extra penny of gas money back and forth and every extra second of time spent driving. Coming from a busy mom of 3 boys 5 and under that says a whole lot. It breaks my heart to think about all the changes that could happen if it is sold and taken over by a big corporation. I 100% stand with WMC!

Kari Stevens
"I have been an employee of WMC for 10 years. Through these years I have heard a great number of compliments from our patients on our hospital. A lot of the patients travel quite a distance passing many other hospitals because they love Williamson Medical Center. The atmosphere is calm and quiet which is very important to a person who is trying to rest. We are staffed appropriately and because we have a family environment with staff that truly loves to help each other as well as each patient we serve it makes it a wonderful place to be. Sometimes it's not about money gained, it's about the people involved. In these times there is an abundance of corporately run hospitals with only minds focused on gain, it is refreshing and welcoming to come to a hospital that truly does make patients their first priority. This is why our patients as well as the staff love our WMC.

Elizabeth Meredith
"I have been a hospital CEO and/or hospital consultant for the past 30 years. I have personally been involved in dozens of hospital mergers and know first-hand of the potential consequences of such an acquisition.
WMC is one of the few local community hospitals that can stand alone in today's ever changing healthcare environment, primarily due to their strong payer mix. In my opinion, the potential negatives of such a move far outweigh the benefits. Stay independent.

Tom Layton
"I stand with WMC because I had my baby there, and I was so pleased with my care, and that is was a community hospital, and the staff was amazing!"

Katie Gerdts
"About 6 years ago, my mom got very sick very suddenly from a cut on her foot. It was a doctor at WMC that determined her heart was failing as a result. The quickness of the team and the knowledge of the physician hadn't yet heading to Vanderbilt right away for open heart surgery. 

My son was treated for stitches after he fell on a broken glass table. 

My daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease last year. While she hasn't had and complications, it is a comfort to know that a children's hospital is so close.

Lastly, I worked for Williamson County Schools as an aide for special needs students. I worked with these students in the cafeteria at WMC for about a year. This is an invaluable program that gives people real-life work opportunities who wouldn't otherwise have those chances. I saw students push themselves and be proud of their work. I saw staff members at WMC praise them in ways they didn't often get praised. I saw customers praise them, too.

Selling WMC would not only put an end to the care my family, and millions of others have received. It will put an end to the opportunities special needs students have to work and grow. It will put an end to the comfort I feel as a member of the community knowing I have a hospital so close that can care for my family.

Lori Joffs
"I stand with WMC because: It's the best place I have ever been employed."

Phil Hulsey
"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, they became like family to me. Kari Reagan, the breast care nurse held my hand through everything... Dr. Murphy made everything make sense to me. He spent a very long time explaining all the markers and everything to do with fighting breast cancer. I cannot imagine going anywhere else. I have always had a great experience everything I have gone to WMC.

Tracy Stafford
"It's a unique blend of a community hospital with great cutting-edge medical care. The personal touch with their customer service, combined with modern medicine offers the residents of the surrounding area a complete experience here at Williamson Medical Center. I cannot imagine the same complete experience provided by a corporate attitude that so many facilities in this area have. I Stand With WMC!"

Jim Hawley
"I live and work in this community. My Doctors are here and I don't have to fight traffic getting to hospital and Williamson County has a great emergency team."

Cheryl Posell
"I really like having a hospital that is locally owned and operated because our community gets the money. We have great doctors, nurses, Xray, and everyone! Don't sell out to big corporations!!!!"

Shannon Cyrus
"I stand with WMC because they are the best hospital in our area. They saved my son's life when he was bit by a tick at age 2 by having him sent to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital when our local hospital wouldn't do anything. They always take great care of my husband who had been in & out of the hospital with ITP for years. They are friendly & caring."

Lisa Carter
"When I have a medical emergency, WMC is my "home" for help. I have personally NOT had a bad experience in the 13 years we have been "associated" to WMC. Eight of our grandchildren were born there. I have been a patient there for heart issues and breast cancer. My Mom has been a patient there numerous times. I wonder if I could say that this is where I want to be treated if it was corporately owned, rather than Community owned. I really don't know. I love that WMC has a working relationship with Vanderbilt. It makes me feel very secure in our medical care. Some of the messages I have read sound like they believe if the hospital is sold, it will no longer be where it is. haha.
My concern is: would a corporation owning the hospital change policies, cost local people their jobs, and be able to provide the kindness and caring we receive now? I have serious doubts about that.

Mary Mefferd
"I've lived in Williamson County since I was born (aside from college). I've always gone to WMC any time anyone in my family has had urgent needs and my parents took me there as a kid. WMC is always GREAT and gives us just the right level of care and has never missed a diagnosis. I went there when I was pregnant and had viral meningitis; they diagnosed it accurately and took great care of me. I had both of my babies there and couldn't be happier with the care they provided. I've been for a few surgeries that were carried out flawlessly. I can't complain about any services the hospital provided. They are spot on. I don't want anything to change with the hospital. It is the only place I feel safe bringing my family during an emergency and for surgery."

Carrie McBrayer
"WMC is my home and my family. I have been employed by WMC for 12 years and I enjoy providing family- centered care to all my patients. We not only think of ourselves and our jobs but those that we serve: the community, not a corporation. I stand with WMC."

Jennifer Ladd
"Last year I had an MI at the age of 46. The care from the EMS services to the ER, cath lab, ICU and floor was superb."

Lance Blackwood
"It's rare to find a place, especially a medical facility, that feels like home. In the recent growth of our area too many things have been sold out for the dollar bill and replaced with outsiders who don't understand the community. That's how everything you love about a community dies. It becomes unrecognizable. Williamson Medical has amazing patient care and will continue to grow as does our community. It doesn't make any sense to sell it at this point. Don't let this gem get lost in the vacuum of the rest of the health care system."

Bradley Ford
"Last month my son was brought into the ER with pneumonia, and was then diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The ER & Dr. Fleet saved his life. He received outstanding care at WMC, he was kept informed at what was happening and the treatment plan. He had amazing nurses who treated him with the utmost of respect, along with his respiratory therapist and I was able to come every day and check on his progress. Dr. Fleet told him his heart function was @ 15%. He along with the excellent staff at WMC saved my son's life.

Rita Cook
"I had never (since birth) spent a night in a hospital until 2014, when at 55 yrs old something punctured my GI tract and I drove myself to the ER. I spent 11 days there and felt such compassion and yes, love, from the staff that I will always stand with WMC! We are so fortunate to have this facility right here in Franklin. The people, the staff are amazing. They're my neighbors and I will be forever grateful for the care they gave me."

Terri Jenkins 
"It has been my hospital through everything. They have always been there for me and my family. I have had both my kids at WMC and it was amazing. Also, they helped along with Vanderbilt, figure out what was wrong with my son. I will never go anywhere else."

Whitney Peters-Hosford 
"You're not just another number at our Hospital, we truly care about our patients. Being a smaller hospital we are able to give extra attention to our patients and their families. WMC takes very good care of there employees and it shows with the care that we return to our patients. I have worked for WMC 6 years now, and it is my second family."

Patty Buehner 
"WMC took amazing care of my daughter. The nurses and physicians went above and beyond to try to accommodate my child's needs. I love the fact that we have a children's hospital so close to our home."

Melissa Reino 
"They are the best
And we need them."

David Morse 
"I stand with WMC because they are my family not just because they are my co-workers but they give me the best care.
I worked full time at AND when I went back to college for my teaching degree. After receiving my degree one of the reasons I stayed as a PRN employee was because of the close knit family I had made with my co-workers. I love the people I work with because they are like family and they treat my family and friends like family.
Recently I had a friend from a neighboring county call me to ask about Williamson emergency room care for her ailing mother that had seen several other doctors and had not been given proper care. She brought her mother to the ER and was given treatment and direction on what to do next."

Michelle Chadwell 
"WMC is "OUR" Hospital and I pray it will continue to be. Wonderful care, Dr's, Nurse's, EMS & ALL the staff from top to bottom. We need WMC to stay our County's Hospital….."

Denise Foster 
"WE stand with WMC because it is local and caters to individuals not numbers and profits. Big corporations such as HCA, Vanderbilt and St. Thomas are too big for personal attention. These are home town people."

Martha Wilson 
"WMC is the Disney World of healthcare. Caring and compassionate attitudes are not mandatory here, it's the culture and the norm."

Scott Storey 
"Everyone is always friendly and helpful. I am also having surgery here, so let's stand together."

Robert Cassady 
"I stand with WMC because my wife and I always experience excellent service no matter what the nature of our visit may be, The staff is superb! They are always kind, courteous and professional. Thanks for always a job well done!!"

Forrest and Detricia Pride 
"I stand with Williamson Medical Center because it is the BEST hospital around. My significant other was in a car accident years ago and is quadriplegic. He has been sent to Maury Regional a few times, where they have been unable to diagnose his medical problems. We then went to Williamson Medical Center and the ER is run seamlessly, the doctors are excellent and we now will go NO WHERE ELSE. I was rushed there just yesterday for heat exhaustion and the staff was AMAZING. I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful care we get there. At Maury – we go in thinking we are going to die (NO KIDDING). At Williamson, we know the care is great. PLEASE, PLEASE don't let anything happen to this hospital."

Joanna Lenox and Stephen Lappe
"My wife and I have been there as patients multiple times and we could not have had a better experience or outcome. This does not need to be changed. Any financial gain from the sale will be short lived. I feel we should have a property tax increase instead of selling the hospital."

James V. Thomson 
"This is the best hospital around!! Doctor Brown and Cary Ralph saved my life twice last year during my double mastectomies. If it wasn't for them the wonderful staff I wouldn't be here to write this!! Please don't take OUR WONDERFUL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AWAY FROM US!!!! When you love it the way we do and it works, please don't fix it!!! Please, Please keep it, this hospital has so many things others do not!! The Breast Health Center where women can come and feel that they are loved and this is so very much a part of the cure!! You have so much to offer!!!"

Pamela Oliveri 
"I stand with WMC because:
I just moved here from Louisville, I loved my physician there, he was a personal physician, I loved having a physician who was able to spend time with me, its very difficult moving to a new state finding a new physician among many other myriad things.
I have been told Williamson Medical has the finest physicians, I will be hugely disappointed if that is a choice that is not an option. There is one concierge physician in all of Nashville, downtown !!!! I do not want to go downtown to see my doctor !!!"

Karen L Kane Druckenmiller
"I have lived in Williamson county for 13 years. I have also had the privilege of working as a registered nurse at Williamson Medical Center for close to 10 years. WMC is an amazing place to work for and to receive care from. Over the years I have had several patients who have traveled a great distance to have procedures performed at WMC. They say they would not go anywhere else and that no other hospital even comes close. Patients also speak of the overwhelming kindness from the staff. I love the family friendly atmosphere and dedicated people I get to work with everyday. Our community needs this hospital to remain. It's a light in Franklin. That's why I stand with WMC."

Jennifer Koppenaal
"They saved my life TWICE! First time at the ER with chest pains and was admitted for 3 days with multiple pulmonary embolism (blood clots in my lungs).
Three weeks later I returned with uterine hemorrhaging and required another 3-day stay with a simple surgery and blood transfusion. This small and well staffed hospital is my first choice for any emergency. Thank you!!!"

Jennifer Blumhoefer 
"I stand with WMC because it is an autonomous hospital that allows each employee a sense of ownership and pride in their workplace. This hospital reminds me of the way a hospital should be, which is why I am willing to drive 45 minutes to work here. It is a welcoming and friendly place for visitors and employees and I am blessed to have a job here. I have worked for an incorporated hospital, 10 minutes from my home, but choose to drive an extra 35 minutes to be part of this "family"."

Susan Mora 
"WMC is the best hospital to work at in the Nashville area because of the people. We are a team that works together for the greater good. There is a sense of ownership here. The success of this hospital depends on our day to day actions and that matters! WMC employees make a difference in the lives of the patients that come here. Without each of us WMC would not be the hospital it is. If we are sold, many of us, including me, would lose our jobs because the corporate machine would take over. We cannot let that happen! What we are doing here matters and we deserve to continue as a county run hospital as long as we are successful."

Adrienne Christensen, PharmD 
"On New Years day 2015, I fell 4 feet backward on concrete and hit my back and head. I was taken to WMC where they got me stable and sent me on to Vanderbilt. I am fine now and WMC help saved my life. They are the hospital we go to first."

Susan Hammack 
"One of the finest hospitals I've ever been involved with. The patient care was first class. I've been involved with other hospitals, and Williamson stands heads above the rest. If the county commissioners deem it necessary to sell it, would be the worst mistake they could make. Why would they take a asset like this in order to waste the money gained for something that can't measure up to what now exist? Please keep Williamson as is for the benefit for all!"

Thomas Ralph 
"I stand with WMC because it is a hospital with deep ties to this community. I have lived in the area for over 30 years and they have always provided excellent care to me and my family. The staff and doctors treated me like one of their own as I went through treatment for breast cancer 12 years ago. With all that they provide to the community and their patients – I sincerely hope that the hospital is not sold – so that it can continue to serve the needs of Williamson County as it has for almost 60 years."

Penny Childress 
"I stand with WMC because it is a phenomenal hospital, caring, honest, great care, wonderful professional employees. I have had nothing but positive experiences when I have had to interact with any department at WMC. My family has had the opportunities to be cared for and treated with professionalism and dignity no matter what the situation. Thank you to all of you!"

Pat Rice 
"I stand with Williamson Medical Center because their standard of order for their patients, and employees have been successful for many years. Williamson Medical Center has one of the best organizational standards to help the hospital run smooth and with the lease amount mishaps that I've seen during my employment here. I really appreciate the time they take to teach us these set of standards and rule. It helps to keep our safe and employees satisfied."

Rebeccah Walker 
"I want my health care dollars to continue going back into the community. Take the name Williamson out of the Medical Center, by a private company, and you take away the benefits to the community. My family and I have had a variety of encounters and procedures at Williamson Medical Center over the past 26 years, and I have never been let down by the quality of care! It's a simple choice…. #stand with WMC!"

Kay Matthews 
"They provide excellent care, they don't make you feel as if you are just a number to them. I trust in what they tell me."

Donna Young 
"Though I do not live in your area, I felt compelled to reply.
I reside in a small northeast Georgia town, total county population 20,000 +.
A physician group out of Atlanta purchased our community hospital several years back, building a beautiful, new modern facility shortly thereafter. Our residents were thrilled. The investors were apparently hoping for large quick pay off.
Within 3 years the group filed for bankruptcy.
As taxpayers, we inherited their debt. Our taxes have risen significantly!
My suggestion; "if it's not broke don't fix it". Working in the healthcare industry, I can see from your website you are the recipient of numerous valued endorsements. You have a great deal to be proud of!
My last point; my family is instructed to drive me to a facility one hour away should I need medical care even if I perish on the way. That about sums it up…."

Susan Blakely
"Mercy Community Healthcare has been very successful in providing excellent healthcare services to our patients and their families in Williamson Co., Davidson Co., Hickman Co., Maury Co., Marshall Co. and other surrounding counties. As a healthcare-community partner, Williamson Medical Center has always supported Mercy in providing these healthcare services through contributing to the Annual Franklin Classic (the premier fundraising event to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual health of those patients without health insurance.), understanding the philosophy of having access to affordable healthcare, and sharing the same values in providing services to those patients in a compassionate manner. Mercy Community Healthcare is grateful to have a community partner that seeks the best interest of our patients!”

Marq Gilchrest
Social Service Case Manager
Mercy Community Healthcare.
"I stand with WMC because that hospital sees quite a few people In small surrounding areas that are not close enough to Vanderbuilt hospital…..There is a need for quality care and we have a choice ….They also hold good Doctors that we need in our area, some acquainted with Vanderbilt…In the hustle of life good smaller hospitals are of need. In this day of age people take more action and consider their health more their own selves, we realize how important our choice of medicines and hospitals are our right to help our own lives …..We prefer that WCM stay as is for a healthy choice for all …"

Valerie Owen
"As a Williamson County/Franklin native, who was born at Williamson Medical Center and delivered my own child there, I stand with Williamson Medical! They have always provided excellent service to me and the Vanderbilt Children's clinic to my son. Our entire county is being taken over by major corporations and I personally prefer to keep it local! Do not take away one of the only "hometown" places where it feels like home, that we have left!"

Tiffany Bruce
"WMC is a treasure to our community! I would hate to lose it to a for-profit hospital chain. The employees are vested in the community, they care about you in a way that a chain hospital could not. WMC is an asset that should not be used as a political pawn."

Derby Jones
Williamson Herald, Southern Exposure Magazine
"Williamson Medical Center stands out superior to many hospitals in the neighboring communities. My family has recent experience with a doctor sending a critically ill member to a Tri Star ER. The site was dirty to the eye, the staff below par, & the treatment incorrectly managed.
The critical situation was not addressed. I took the serious nature of this crisis to WMC ER. My son was given compassion & proper treatment.
I have been a patient, as has been my great-grandson. WMC to our estimation is the finest hospital in the area. Please, don't allow one of the mega managers to control it."

Peg Kelly
"I have worked @WMC, been a patient here, watched grandchildren be born here. I would be sad to see it taken over as part of a larger group. It would lose the family feel."

Christine Dorrance
"Please, please don't sell!!! You will go down hill faster than you realize!! One of the reasons WMC is so strong is because you are separate, you are not owned by a corporation. You are not one of the many 'numbers' that a corporation is looking at to see how much more money you can make for them. How we can run with fewer employees, except at the VP level of course. Corporations run better the more VPs etc they have… SMH.
Your employees buy into what you stand behind now and they make it great!! Once you sell, it is all about the money and the patient nor the employee will matter. Both the patient and the employee can feel that. You will loose what made WMC so great in the first place."

Sandra Weakley
"Please do not sell this hospital to the highest bidder… we all know what happens. WMC as we know it will be lost forever. Gone will be the hometown feel that our families have come to know and love. I hope the bureaucrats of Williamson County will realize what a terrible mistake this would be! Please vote NO!!!"

Kay Beard
"I stand with WMC because they have been a Godsend to my wife and I since we moved here last fall. The WMC women's health center diagnosed her aggressive breast cancer and immediately did all the testing and treatment. She is still in treatment but the professionalism and quality of everyone she has worked with has been excellent. We live in Thompsons Station and with me starting a brand new job, it would have been extremely difficult, if impossible, to use Vanderbilt or another Nashville hospital."

David Elenbaas 
"I've been there many times, for myself and with others. It has grown leaps and bounds the last several years, but, it still has a hometown feel. Change is mostly always good, to make a change just because, for reasons that are unclear, is a mistake. Talk of selling seems like a very, very big mistake to me. I stand with WMC as it is right now, because it is a wonderful hospital, with wonderful staff and providers."

Lisa Benner
"In May 2013 my daughter was born at WMC. She spent 2 days in the NICU. We were treated very well. Then in Feb. 2017 I was in a head on collision. I was transported to WMC with non-life threatening injuries. I felt WMC was thorough and the doctors were great. I had to have surgery due to my injuries and that went smoothly. I can't imagine going anywhere else. WMC is important to our community."

Heather Bryan
"I stand with Williamson Medical Center because it represents the spirit of the community. We are independent and care about the quality of hospital services in our community."

Susan Rothschild 
"I stand with WMC because we have a working hospital that is caring and interested in the outcome of the patient not the bottom line.When we start to listen to the bean counters instead of nurses and sick patients we have lost sight of the goal….to care for people. For-profit hospitals cut cost in places that are harmful to the patients. I have been a resident of Williamson County my entire life and am proud of this hospital we have."

Dorothy Jones
"I retired from WMC a few year ago. Working there was my home away from home,people from all surrounding areas love the care they get there.Praying that nothing changes to lower the care of all the people that drive from sometimes far away to get the care that is given at WMC."

Larissa Delk
"It is only because the doctors and nurses at WMC went above and beyond "standard care" that my dad survived a systemic staph infection a few years ago. A team of incredible doctors and nurses called upon each other routinely to solve the very complex and deadly complications that arose through the many weeks he was at WMC. Some came in or called in on their days off during the most difficult of times. When he had to transfer to two other facilities due to privileges of certain surgeons, we quickly understood that the level of care, compassion and cleanliness of this facility is second to none. Smiles abound from the moment you enter the doors, in the halls, cafeterias, nursing stations and patient rooms. If this medical center is sold, we lose this personal hometown feel and touch. We enter into a realm where the standard of care is no longer about the patient, but about the hospital corporations's bank account and this unbelievable top-quality care we have so richly enjoyed will fall victim to bottom lines. You don't know it until you need it, but Williamson Medical Center is literally a life-saving institution that somehow manages to keep in mind that these patients are friends and neighbors they are caring for. The employees all know it. The patients and their loved ones all know it. I just don't understand why the county commissioners don't know it."

Susannah Gentry
"I stand with WMC because I have had excellent service here. My family has come here multiple times for births, emergency services and more.
The care we received has been prompt, caring and top rate. The physicians and nurses seem to really care about their patients. The nurses in OB went out of their way to make me feel at home and safe during the delivery of my children. Both of my sons were delivered here. With my first delivery, we had some complications and the medical team attending me went beyond the call of duty to make us feel comfortable, safe and secure.
My mother also began her nursing career with WMC. This is an excellent hospital that I would recommend to all."

Jamie Lindsey
"I stand with WMC because In 2009, during a CT scan, the doctor discovered a small tumor in the head of my pancreas. Because of that early diagnosis, I am alive today!"

Vicki Hamlin
"It is an excellent facility and the staff is awesome. It is wonderful to have all these services available without having to fight city traffic."

William Douglas
"I stand with WMC first because it is my community-owned hospital and the largest health care provider dedicated to aligning its services with grassroots public need.
What does that mean?
To me it means the presence of professional leadership keenly focused on the best interest of the residents it serves. Williamson Medical Center, in a very public way, daily exhibits the standards of its residents.
The work of educating and caring for individuals can be a daunting and exhausting endeavor. Thankfully, our community did not begin this task lightly, or recently.
Long before Williamson County became one of America's most sought after places to live and work, the people of our community chose to support a public hospital. The doors opened in 1957 to a proud community.
I had the pleasure of working for WMC in the 1990s during our hospital's 40th anniversary year. I am thankful today to be celebrating the 60th year of our hospital's impact in such a dynamic county.
I can tell you that 20 years ago, when 'managed care' and 'advancements in health care technology' were buzz phrases, the leadership of my community hospital never sat on its hands and waited for the first chance to sell our community asset.
No, they did quite the opposite. Board members like Ike Brown, physicians like Star Evins and Hank Russell, and administrators like Don Webb and Ron Joyner chose to prepare for an uncertain future, seeking ways to continuously improve one of the counties greatest assets.
Fortunately for residents, the Williamson County commission agreed.
Yes, Williamson is attractive real estate for private investors. Private investment is great for the community, but there are some assets – core assets – that are too essential to people to be sold for a profit in time.
I can not afford to take Williamson Medical Center for granted, nor can you.
Our physicians, employees, board members, volunteers and administrators certainly do not take our community for granted.
Thank you for engaging residents in this conversation!

Pam Horne
"It is a staple in the community and a worthwhile asset to Williamson County."

Anna Hinton
"WMC is the first hospital I have worked at that makes each employee feel valued. From housekeeping to nursing, food services to managers, the pride each person feels is evident in their work. You can see the competence and caring passed on in each patient and visitor interaction. This hospital isn't just a place to work, it's a community where we care for our friends and neighbors. I am proud and thankful to be a part of team WMC."

Elizabeth Yorks 
"I stand with WMC because they have taken great care of me in the past."

Marguerite Bell
"When my wife, Cherry, was being treated for terminal cancer, the people at WMC treated her like a queen, attending to her every need and concern. Ever since then I've always said if I have to go to the hospital, don't take me to Nashville, take me to Williamson Medical Center. If WMC is sold to some corporation, the personal feel of WMC will likely be lost, and it will be just another big-city hospital. Keep Williamson Medical Center WILLIAMSON Medical Center."

Jim Bolles, DVM 
"I was a patient in the ER at Williamson on July 8, 2017 following an MVA. The care, concern, attitude of the staff was outstanding. Comforting, yet efficient (...) Please keep Williamson Medical Center as it is — concerned for our community, for its residents, top notch care."

Glenda Daniel
"We love Williamson Medical Center. It is a great hospital and there are going to be tremendous changes to the hospital if it is sold. Private hospitals are not the way to go. We need good healthcare, not trash from people sitting in cushy offices making decisions about other people's lives."

Katrina Bergman
"The care provided by WMC is exceptional. We appreciate that Williamson Medical Center is a member of our community. It is not a hospital owned by an outsider who could not care less about our welfare. WMC goes the extra mile to assure we have been treated as valued patients/customers.
My husband's stay at an out-of-town, and much larger, hospital made us feel we were a nuisance if we asked questions; probably because their communications within were nonexistent and the treatment there was less than caring for the patient and family.
Let's keep our medical center our own. WMC is family."

Marilyn McAdams 
"I stand with WMC because it is a vital asset to this community. People come here for help in their time of need. As an employee, I take pride in my hospital and the care that we provide in all aspects. It is also like my family."

Angie Andrews, Sr Patient Financial Counselor
"I stand with WMC because it has high quality healthcare. I'm a big believer that if it isn't broken don't fix it."

Lori Inkrot
"WMC is a community based hospital and cares for the needs of not only its community but beyond. This hospital is special and unique and it shows in the staff. We care about the people we treat because they are our neighbors, friends and family. Selling the hospital would be a mistake. The funding will not be allowed to lower the debt for schools. I think we should focus on making the hospital bigger and bring in more specialist so patients won't have to be sent out to surrounding hospitals. Growth should bring profit."

Becky Doerzbacher 
"They were there when I needed help. Also, kind service, meals were great, and a clean place."

Thomas Lane
"I stand with WMC because of the quality of care provided at WMC. Unfortunately, our family has had occasion to have 3 surgeries and a number of emergency room visits in the 9 years we've lived here. Fortunately, WMC was where we decided to go. We've had hospital services elsewhere in Nashville. There's no comparison to WMC."

Mary Ann Till 
"I am very proud and privileged to have a career as a registered nurse at WMC. Our nursing staff at WMC is one of the most compassionate and caring group of people I have ever had the honor to know and see in practice. Our physicians are kind and considerate, taking time to listen to our patients as well as the nurses when there are concerns or questions. All of our Departments of Therapy collaborate effortlessly with our Nursing Department to provide the excellent patient care that our patients deserve. I enjoy sitting on the Nursing Council and Safety Council to collaborate with other departments of the hospital as well as other divisions and floors of nursing within the facility to stay in a constant status of excellence in regards to our patient safety and patient care. We take great pride in the care we give our patients at WMC and we truly care about our patients. When you are receiving care at WMC, you are more than a patient, you are family."

Mindy Tatum, RN
Medical Surgery
Nursing/Safety Council
"WMC has provided me with excellent care when I have been hospitalized. The quality of the care and service I have received far exceeds any I have ever gotten elsewhere. Its location is very convenient and, especially with the population growth, the need for such a facility in this area is vital. I sincerely hope all local residents can continue to rely on this outstanding facility."

Sharon Meek
"I receive the best most excellent healthcare at WMC. I had two major surgeries Jan. 2007 and May 2017, visit to the Emergency room in Nov. 2016 with three day stay in the ICU and extensive medical care from doctors in WMG (Williamson Medical Group)."

Barbara Sanders 
"I have delivered 9 babies at WMC. I always recommend WMC. It is a great hospital."

Dana Ingram
"I stand with WMC because they provided me the attention I needed when I delivered my two daughters. Doctors and nurses where AWESOME, really human.
Then, a few months ago, when a kidney stone brought me to ER, doctors and nurses really saved my life because I already was having a sepsis."

Gilda Ruiz
"Great hospital. I have been hospitalized at WMC 3 times. Care & service excellent. Much better than the Nashville hospital I spent 2 months in last year."

Dennis Lampley
"This is a hospital of caring & family! When my wife Glenda went to be with the Lord in 2010, her last hours were in ER. A RN was with her the whole time, holding her hand & talking to her! When she left us, the RN hugged myself, daughter, & son-in-law! This Is family & this would not happen in a private hospital! The staff has always been professional, family friendly & provided quality health care!"

Gary Buchanan
"I stand with WMC because I value having a first-rate medical facility that offers outstanding patient care in my community!"

Marsha K. Cook
"WMC is the best hospital around. They are so nice, kind, respectful--just awesome . If it were not for them, I would have died. They hopped to it when I came in the ambulance. I ended up having a big blood clot, and they worked to get meds in me to start helping me to live. I stayed in the CCU for eight days. Everything was outstanding from beginning to leaving. I remember Dr. Kim and Dr. Milstone the nurses. lab people, and food service. Chef Pete; he rocked. So, so kind. We need this hospital so badly here . Nashville is too far away for ER and for special testing. I love going back to see people at WMC. Please keep WMC ALIVE!"

Pam Burnett
"You all did an outstanding job of caring for me during my heart attack. ER responded quickly and I was operated on the same day I arrived. Left the next day and am back running and biking better than before the experience. Your professionalism and responsiveness was outstanding. Your service to the community is a treasure."

Don Klein
"One of greatest hospitals in Tennessee, especially around Nashville. We live in Williamson County and support the caring staff and county services."

Laurie Stanfill 
"Williamson Medical Center has been an asset to the community of Franklin and surrounding area for years. It saved my husband's life on more than one occasion. Friends also feel the same way. The ER is great; the nursing staff excellent. Just keep it as is please."

Kathy Grant
"My mother is going to live at Somerby in Franklin and the hospital is convenient. If it works well, don't fix it!"

Kathy Malone 
"1. I have found excellent in-house care at 3 different hospitalizations & 3 ER visits.
Had surgery 2 different occasions resulting in great outcomes.
Physical therapy included.
All care given with very caring staff.
2. My doctors use this facility.
3. As a retired RN, I know excellent care, given by a caring staff. Worked for a not-for-profit hospital that changed. The type of care given changed, also. Business becomes priority, not the patient."

Kay Chappell 
"Everyone had been amazing here! the whole entire staff has been so caring, kind, attentive, and wonderful. The food is by far the best hospital food I've ever had. It's been an extremely pleasant experience. I had some unexpected events happen during my labor and delivery while here and they did a superb job! Thank you so much!"

Ashley Raney
"Two years ago, I contracted a flesh-eating infection called necrotizing fasciitis. The staff and doctors at Williamson Medical Center were able to diagnose my condition and perform life-saving surgery. I owe my life and limbs to them."

Don Harris
"I stand with WMC because the doctors, nurses and staff provide the best level of care and treatment. In October 2015, I choose WMC for my complete hip replacement surgery. I couldn't have been more pleased with the doctors, nurses and staff. My hip is now pain free and the quality of my life is so much better. No more pain! Thank you WMC. Williamson Medical Center is my preferred hospital of choice."

Darin Zumwalt
"The county and surrounding area has built and supported WMC for many years! It is an outstanding facility because of the people of the area. Corporate hospitals don't care about people they care about bilking money out of insurance companies and medicare! Community hospitals and doctors care about their patients because they have to see their patients in the community. If you let corporate hospitals buy up our best hospitals and doctors then there is no competition and we, the people, lose!"

Weldon Wells
"I have gotten nothing but excellent care at WMC. Selling the facility will most certainly ruin that. I have lived through another hospital being sold to private interests in my lifetime. Not only did the quality of patient care decline but the cuts made to the staff made it a horrible place to work."

Marian C. Hargis, PhD.
"Always feel you are the only one with immediate needs while at hospital. The professional medical team is always very responsive not only to the patient but also the family. Can't say enough."

Judy Moore
"Delivered my baby there last year! Was respected for my wishes during and after delivery. Nurses were so very friendly and helpful. Wouldn't want to deliver a baby at any other hospital."

Leah Vanus
"WMC saved my life 8 months ago! I was given the best care by every single nurse, doctor, and surgeon there. I felt they all truly cared about me and I could not have asked for a better team in my time of sickness. I will always choose to #standwithwmc"

Katelyn Cagle
"Excellent, necessary service in the ER. In 6 years, we have been there at least 2 times a year. Once ended up having emergency surgery, saving my husband's toes and function due to quick, quality attention."

Katherine Napper Freeman
"I love to tell my doula clients about WMC! I love the family feel and the supportive docs, nurses, and staff! I've also had to spend time there after procedures, and I had a personally wonderful experience. I #standwithwmc"

Tanya Grant Grabbe
"WMC has done more than provided me with a job. They have invested in me and helped me to receive a bachelors degree in healthcare administration. I #StandWithWMC because they stand with ME!"

Scott Storey, Critical Care Paramedic
"WMC should remain county owned. It can take excellent care of patients locally. It would be good to continue association with larger facilities."

Sharon Hopkins
"I can't imagine WMC changing at all. Both our adult children live with us; one because of physical disabilities and the other because of a seizure in July 2017 at the age of 43. He was transported to WMC by ambulance, in CCU for four days and 6th floor for two. Amazing care for him and for us. They saved his life and shed tears with us. Our daughter has used the ER where she was diagnosed with life-threatening DVT's and PE's when her cardiologist missed it that same day. Please, for our peace of mind – Do Not Sell WMC which has becoming a life-saving hospital for our family. Twice."

Susie Dunham
"It's a smaller hospital that takes care of most of the people, most the time. Not some big hospital that you have to wait over 5 hours to be seen (...) We need to keep our hospital just the way it is, and stop raising prices and listening to the rich who keep on getting richer. It's about humans caring for humans."

Donna Ryan
"I stand with WMC because they provide excellent care for our community. Living in Spring Hill, it is nice to know there is such a high-quality healthcare center nearby. I have been here twice in the last couple months, through the ER and for surgery, and I am very grateful to the staff of doctors and nurses who made me feel as comfortable as possible, and informed about my condition and progress."

Cambria Cappos
"At Williamson Medical Center and Imaging I am NOT just a number. These employees care about me and my family. I've always had excellent care and concern by everyone on staff, from the admitting personnel to nurses and doctors. This does NOT happen at other "prestigious" medical groups. If you sell this hospital and services, I'll go somewhere else for care. I want and value PEOPLE who care about PEOPLE and I never want that to change!"

Cheryl Ward
"This is the best hospital…please don't change anything. It is different in a great way. The doctors, staff and everything is like nothing else. I can't say enough good about it. Please don't change it in any way!"

Rosemary Black
"I definitely say 'yes' to Williamson Medical Center. They take every E.R. case seriously. I have had to use it after being under great stress, and was taken
there with about 'number 8' chest pain that wouldn't quit. E.R. treated me quickly, especially in consideration of my early 60's age. Was not my
heart, but severe tension due to caregiving for my wife. Then, I've had to bring my wife to the WMC E.R., for sudden problems (...) . WMC went the 'extra mileage' it took to keep her admitted several days, and under different doctors, to not just TREAT her infection but to get to the cause and origin. They kept their focus on the 'what' 'where' and 'why,' not the time it may take. Their philosophy is 'cultures tell the truth,' and it takes time. We were released as I am now ending this writing, 8/29/17. We know as we leave the diagnosis, prognosis, and exact procedure, upon reoccurrence.

Praise and thanks to our excellent third-floor staff. Our family has several more, successful WMC & E.R. stories. Thank you to the good spirit, every
single time, of all WMC staff in our care!'

Guerry C. McComas Sr.
"I strongly value a community hospital. It is impossible to state strongly enough how important it is to maintain this community hospital AS a community hospital, and NOT one of a system of hospitals. WMC has served this community with excellence for many years! Our family has utilized services at WMC, and we have ALWAYS been very satisfied and would be very disappointed to see management change at WMC. The leadership at WMC is OF this community. They know, love and care deeply for the citizens of Williamson County. Too few community hospitals exist anywhere these days…PLEASE keep this community asset!"

Leslie Wisner-Lynch
"I am a nurse at Williamson Medical Center, and have been there for 35 years. That qualifies me to say, 'We take care of our community!' Poor and rich alike, and many people in our surrounding counties, want to come here. No one profits from our revenue but our community. Our profits pay for our ability to give state of the art care–doctors, medical professionals and support employees, and equipment. My suggestion to those that want to sell us is to stick around for 35 years, be an employee, be a patient in our hospital, shop other hospitals and then see if they still want to sell WMC to a for-profit institution!"

Carole Howell
"In August of 2016 I had a heart attack with no prior symptoms or episodes of heart disease. I called my Internist and they said get to the E.R., as I was experiencing severe heartburn. I went to WMC, which is just five to seven minutes from my house. Not knowing I was having a heart attack, I walked in to E.R. and they immediately monitored my vitals. I was having a heart attack! Within 45 minutes, I was put on an operating room bed for monitoring and surgery to fix a 99% blocked circumvent valve with a stent. I have two other blockages, but we determined that they were not blocked over 75%. After successful surgery, I remained in hospital for four-and-a-half days. I did have an episode in hospital where my heart stopped, but I was revived. After going home, I followed up on eight to ten weeks of rehab at WMC. 

Because of competent and fast diagnoses, I lived to tell my story. I definitely would recommend WMC to any person asking for quality care."

Cheryl Wilson
"I am a Registered Nurse that has worked for Williamson Medical Center for 39 years and would never choose another hospital. The staff treats you like family. WMC offers outstanding medical care. I refer all my friends and family to Williamson Medical Center."

Ricky Smithson
"I see many Tennessee counties losing their hospitals and it's heartbreaking. I feel compelled to speak out, if only because my heart is with you rural folks who want to keep your county hospital 'county.' We in Hardin County, have a wonderful county hospital and don't know what we'd do without it. One of the area's largest employers, they deliver excellent services, as I know your hospital does. Here's one lone voice in the wilderness hoping you retain ownership of your hospital!"

Frances S. Turner 
"I stand with WMC because I had my second of 2 total knee replacements 9/17 and 1/10. I received excellent health care for both procedures. All of the surgical staff, nursing staff, physical therapy, and food services went out of their way to make me comfortable and ensure that I all the had the best care I could receive.

Additionally my wife had her first knee done just a few months ago and is planning on having her second in the very near future."

Francis Woods
"We have had nothing but a positive experience there. The doctors and nurses and the rest of the staff work together in all aspects. The hospital is always clean and the food is great. We travel an hour-and-a-half there for our needs, instead of going to our local hospital. Please don't sell the medical center. It works great the way it is and would hate to see it change under a new management. If it weren't for that hospital, I would have died two years ago."

Janet Mcwhorter
"WMC provides excellent care, and is located right in Franklin with superb medical staff. For those of us living directly in Franklin it is convenient and immediate care. For those in smaller outlying communities it is near enough for emergencies.

Last June I had an emergency while at The Factory. I wasn't breathing and I was rushed to nearby WMC. I stayed overnight and during my stay I had numerous tests. I received excellent care. KNOWING we residents have excellent care is as important as, if not more important than, our excellent schools. These two factors alone make Franklin, especially, and Williamson County attractive to live in. And the county receives our money from our using of its services.

I'll be fighting to KEEP WMC IN FRANKLIN!!!

Knowing of the excellent schools and medical care in Franklin and Williamson County was THE reason I purchased a home here in January 2017. If the county no longer wants a thriving community, that's what will happen if they remove WMC!!!"

Patricia Trosclair
"I am a retired nurse from WMC and it is my families go to institution."

Jeff Halter
"All 3 of our children were born at WMC. If not for WMC we would have to travel from Spring Hill TN all the way up to Nashville."

Jason Morrissey
"I recently had total knee replacement and could not have received the care and service I received at WMC at one of the large hospitals. In addition, I have always used Williamson Medical Center and am proud that we have such a great local institution that puts the patients' best interests first."

Harold Ford
"Available, capable. Large enough to meet all medical needs. A takeover by large hospital conglomerate would negate many of the current advantages, and would saddle patients with burdens prevalent with giant corporations."

Allan Fish
"The employees, staff, and physicians at WMC provide the very best care of any major hospital in middle Tennessee. WMC has the best nursing, food, cleaning, along with just about everything else that makes a hospital function effectively and efficiently. It is almost unbelievable that any Williamson County commissioner would consider offering up WMC."

Michael Myers
"I stand with WMC because it is a great hospital. I had my child there and several surgeries. They have great people working there and very involved in the community. I would hate to see this hospital sold and lose that small-town appeal."

Heather B
"I deal directly with the local hospitals on a daily basis and the team at WMC is by far the best. I am also a member of the community and have chosen my providers based on relationships with WMC. They are my hospital of choice, its where we took my father in his final days and where I did a large portion of my clinical education in nursing school. It is part of our community on so many levels."

Denice Powers
"I love WMC. I had both of my daughters there. All of my doctors are part of WMC and I used to work for WMC. I have always lived in Maury County TN and have chose Williamson."

Jennifer Braun
"They treat you like a neighbor would. I received excellent and compassionate care from both the administrative and medical staff. My Williamson Medical experience was MUCH preferred over the BIG hospital where I had to have surgery this year."

Dawne Davis
"I had surgery two days ago at WMC. I'm new to the area and this was my first experience with the hospital and the wonderful folks who work there. In my opinion, WMC is world class. The doctors, nurses, and staff that I saw were very friendly and very professional in the service they gave me. I was awake going into surgery and found the facilities very high tech. In a nutshell, the pros at WMC took good care of me and if I need medical care in the future, I will come back to WMC."

Allen Likens
"We have benefited greatly from WMC services both through hospital care, affiliated doctors, ER, Imaging, and Labs. I love that it is county-owned and an integral part of this community."

Anne Casey
"I always have received excellent care at both facilities. The only hospital I want myself and my family members to go to. My doctors are with (Williamson Medical Group) and I believe they are extremely knowledgeable."

Sheila Binkley
"WMC has been fantastic to my family. I happily delivered my son there. My daughter delivered our precious granddaughter there. We have all been treated at one time or another over the years from surgeries to ER visits. In all cases, we have been treated well.

This hospital has given to many charities in our community. The impact would be missed.
The convenience of having great healthcare close by is wonderful."

Diane Smith
"I stand with WMC because for the past 20 years that I have lived in this community, WMC has met the medical needs of my wife and myself. Numerous successful surgeries for both of us, absolutely some of the finest doctors and nurses. I desire for Williamson Medical Center to remain a county owned asset. Being locally owned, and not under the hands of large corporations that are not attuned to the culture of this geographic area is far more rewarding to all of us, citizens of all Williamson County's communities."

Robert McClurkan
"They are a wonderful hospital! I had all three of my children there and 2 other surgeries. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my care! The big hospitals lose their focus from the patient to how much money they can make. I know this from experience with my dad and father in law. In every aspect of my care while at WMC, I always felt that my health was most important. Please don't sell to an uncaring corporation or other hospital group! Please keep WMC! That is one of the reasons to love Williamson County!"

Bethany Hickman 
"I support leaving WMC a county asset."

Brenda Zazzi
"This is the only hospital I have been to where they are fast and truly care about their patients! I don't even think about going anywhere else."

Daniel Hurlburt 
"I stand with Williamson Medical Center because I believe healthcare is better when it is controlled by citizens who care, and not large entities with financial agendas who merge local healthcare decisions into large population management decisions. We are stronger and better as a community when we take care of each other. A bigger system will not make decisions with our best interests at heart, as a community or as individuals. I work in the healthcare industry. You can't beat local. This community can afford to support it! I realize some can't, but we can. Bigger will not be better in this case. We will be selling a precious, rare asset; an excellent community medical center. It would be a shame."

Lori Andrews
"Outstanding doctors and nurses and nurse techs! Also great food with a wide variety, and the staff there are always accommodating!"

Anne Slaughter
"I stand with WMC because this is home to me. I would hate to see the kind of change that would come if we were sold. This hospital has been a blessing to this community since the year I was born. It has grown and kept up with technology throughout the years. There is no reason other then greed to sell this hospital. Well I am greedy too. I would like to see us stand on our own for as long as we can. A lot of people in this county and surrounding counties depend on us."

Debbie Vickers, Nutritional Services
"WMC offers quality care, compassionate care, and a clean and well-organized facility. I prefer WMC over any hospital in Nashville. I and my family have received excellent care here. It would be a great loss to this community were WMC sold."

Judith Walter
"Please keep WMC ownership in the hands of the county. Hospitals that are owned by for-profit companies use a business model instead of a health care model. They milk the profit to give to owners, over-extend the workers, borrow against the future and have little to no connection between decision-makers and the health delivery system.
Employees will be courted, hired, and appraised by companies not connected to the community, and very soon the institution itself will have no connection to the community. Data collection will be driven by short-term measurements and decisions made for quickest return on investment with profits delivered outside the community. 
Presently, the Williamson Medical Center has deep roots in the community and goals are set for long-term success for the most people, not just for the administration and owners.
Be courageous and stand up for retaining WMC as a county-owned asset"

Sandra-Kay Daniels 
"I stand with WMC because of the great service and personal care we receive from all the staff in the facility. Experts in their field and great location in Williamson County. Neighbors taking care of Neighbors. It is a great place. I believe in WMC"

Jose Gonzalez
"I had the very best care during outpatient surgery. Very professional and caring"

Dee Gunderson
"Everyone here does a great job!
They do excellent work!"

Sandra Gabriel
"Community ownership is important- it's personal in care and commitment!"

David Winningham
"You provided me with the greatest care I have ever received in a hospital. Your staff, from the very start of my visit to the end, was beyond amazing. I came in for an emergency appendectomy and was given such amazing attention! I would never find this at another facility around here!"

Christine Grim
"I stand with WMC because a provider there diagnosed me with IC immediately when the symptoms were happening, and I hear horror stories about women going decades without finding out what is wrong with them. The provider was very knowledgeable and very thorough when it came to his patients; I feel welcomed and comfortable when I am there, and the provider took time to get to know a lot of your history and takes everything into account. I really appreciated his insight and knowledge!"

Kristen Woods
"No way to compare my past hospital visits in two other hospitals. Williamson Medical Center is quiet, not rushed.
Everyone I have talked to is also pleased with the hospital."

Nancy Rosdeutscher
"As a resident of Williamson County for 28 years, and as a patient of services at Williamson Medical Center, the hospital has been very important for me, for Franklin, for Williamson County and for surrounding counties. Big hospital chains do not have the best interest of the locals as does a local hospital, i.e. Williamson Medical Center. IT NEEDS TO STAY AS A COUNTY-OWNED ASSET."

Sue Chasteen
"I feel like my wife and I receive the best care from all of the providers. We really feel that they really do what is in our best interest. We are never rushed, communication is great, and we don’t feel like we are just a number."

James Sterle 
"I understand the importance of my health and trust the professional advice I get from my health care provider, Williamson Medical Group's Dr. Erin Pritchett."

Manuel Chapa
"We live out in the country, about an hour away, and it is the closest, most reputable emergency hospital nearby. The bedside manner has been exquisite, and the eagerness to get to your symptoms is efficient and quick. We love this place. My husband's heart doctor is also connected with this hospital. WMC MATTERS!"

Michelle Curtis
"Best in Middle Tennessee!"

Jack Knowles 
I have practiced at WMC for 12 years. During that time I have seen the hospital grow and flourish, impacting and saving the lives of my patients, friends and family here in Williamson County.
Over the years, I have participated in multiple committee and department meetings. As decisions are being made at WMC, the question that is always asked is what is best and safest for our patients, and what is the medical standard of care. While the hospital does make fiscally responsible decisions, our primary concern is patient care and not the bottom line.
WMC is a true community hospital which exists to meet the needs of the citizens of Williamson County. This is why the hospital has a Level IIB NICU and a children's hospital; to impact the lives of the families in Williamson County. It is a huge benefit to have these services so close to home.

Heather D. Rupe, D.O.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Williamson Medical Group
"I stand with WMC because this hospital is simply the best in the county, and has served with superior competency, kindness, expertise, and continued innovations and state-of-the-art equipment. I rely upon this hospital because I feel assured that I am receiving the best health care when I need it. If this hospital is sold, it will be a huge loss and disadvantage for the people of Williamson County as well as other surrounding counties. Communities feel safe when they know that they have a hospital that delivers quality care when they need it."

Stephanie Morgan Frye 
"I had knee replacement surgery there. Great doctor, great staff, great facility. You could not ask for better care. I'll recommend them to any and all."

"I continue to support Williamson Medical center for many reasons.
1. Quality of medical help.
2. Networked providers with access to my records.
3. Hometown feeling.
4. Private practices.
5. I do not live in Williamson County, however it is close; 35 minutes north of me.
6. I recently chose WMC over a local hospital.
7. I do NOT want anything to change."

Sandra Beech
"I stand with Williamson Medical Center because of the excellent level of care we have received & the excellent staff from admissions, pre-op, testing, and surgery. This facility is unlike other hospitals in our area. We travel through several counties to come to WMC & recommend it to others. If it is sold & becomes like other hospitals in our area we would have to make other choices about the physicians & the hospital we choose to use. We hope you will make the right decision for the patients, staff, & community."

Jackie & Debra Crosslin
"WMC is a trusted dedicated center that has been a haven for our family since we moved to Tennessee from Illinois in 2010.
It's a local resource that we as Thompson's Station residents have known to be substantially adequate when we've needed care in Williamson County."

The Moore Family
"I love this hospital. I don't want to see the community benefits go away upon being sold."

Heather Lamb
"I am opposed to the sale of WMC. Don't mess with success. I, along with others, would not be here today if it were not for doctors affiliated with WMC."

Kenneth Unger
"WMC is a great all-around hospital. I have been hospitalized there several times. Have had 2 grandchildren born there. I have loved everything about it. We live in Spring Hill and it's where we go for our care. I was unaware of the other services they provide to less fortunate people and the large amount of donations made. That just makes it a top-rate hospital! I stand with WMC!"

Teresa Gilbert
"I would be devastated to lose this hospital. I always use this hospital. Please reconsider selling!"

Vicki Reynolds
"They are the only hospital in the area that give the quality care that I was seeking. The fantastic nurses and doctors are extremely friendly and helpful in providing information. It is in a great location, convenient for those who can't make it all the way to Nashville, based on their location."

Harley Metcalf
"The doctors and nurses at WMC saved my adult nephew's life!"

Steven Clark
"I believe Williamson Medical Center to be a valuable asset to the community and that its independence should be maintained, free of corporate interest centered solely on profit."

Joel Marshall
"WMC has provided us with excellent services and care since we've moved here 29 years ago. It is a large part of what makes the quality of life in this community so great!"

George Sylvester
"I'm from Tullahoma and I saw what happened to our hospital when the city decided to sell out. That's why so many people come to WMC from Tullahoma. WMC has such a great reputation for good care. Don't go the way we did."

Marie Reynolds
"I have been treated there several times over the last 30 years. My daughter was born at WMC in 1987 and I had excellent care.
I trust WMC and hope that they stay county-owned."

Jody Evans
"I am a resident of Maury County so I am not sure if my voice counts, but I stand with you."

Cindy Coleman
"I recently spent a week there and had fantastic service from all the doctors and nurses I encountered. I chose this hospital, which is 70 miles from my house, rather than go to a local one that is only 6 miles away, due to its reputation. It did not disappoint me."

"Superior service."

Gary Watters
"I have had too many surgeries and procedures at WMC to count. I live in Murfreesboro and chose the WMC above our local hospital and surrounding hospitals. Most of my procedures have been orthopedic. The nursing staff, OR, pre-op, admissions, and other involved have always made me feel like I mattered. I love seeing familiar faces when I visit the facility. PLEASE don't allow this medical center to become like "all the others"; cold, impersonal, and unconcerned."

Theresa Compton
"I stand with WMC because my doctor is the best physician I've ever had. He is hands down the most informed PCP on my conditions I've ever had. He has helped me lose over 80lbs in the past year. I have more to go, but he and his staff are my cheerleading squad. Without them, I would be dead because I would be afraid to go to any other doctor and discuss my issues as openly as I do with him. The proximity to my home makes WMC invaluable to me because I couldn't afford to go elsewhere, nor could I manage to go elsewhere, when I'm really hurting. His knowledge on my issues and his willingness to keep educated above and beyond on the most current information keeps me at my healthiest and has helped move my care to a whole new level. He has helped keep my pain levels manageable on a day-to-day basis without me having to constantly rely on narcotics like many of my peers. We work as a team to keep my body at its healthiest. That's how it should be. I also recognize and the community should recognize just how incredibly rare, special and singularly invaluable that is. This man has brought student doctors into the room with him and I'm glad to have them. They need to learn what teamwork with one's patients can be and my doctor is just the WMC doctor to demonstrate it!"

Wendy Schreiber