TriStar StoneCrest
December 15, 2016

Smyrna, TN - TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is pleased to announce Leslie Lions, RN, emergency services nurse, was named Emergency Nurse of the Year in the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards that took place in Nashville on Dec. 12, 2016. Lions was nominated for the extraordinary care she provides to emergency room patients.

“Leslie has spent the last two years in the TriStar StoneCrest ER and we are truly blessed to have her,” said Heather Bratcher, emergency room director at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. Every day she represents outstanding leadership, integrity and dedication to every patient.

Lions is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She moved with her family to Middle Tennessee and began working at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in March of 2015. Lions earned her Associates Degree in Nursing at Chattanooga State in Chattanooga and her Bachelors of Nursing Degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Lions said she never imagined herself as an ER nurse. However, after having the opportunity to work in the ER, Lions realized she loved the fast-pace environment and problem solving to work through different types of challenges that arise in the ER on a daily basis.

“I cannot imagine working in any other department,” said Lions. “I love being the first line of care for our patients.”

“We are all so proud of Leslie and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award,” said Lou Caputo, chief executive officer of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. “Leslie exemplifies our missionshe is committed to the care and improvement of human life. She is the perfect representative of our core values: teamwork, accountability, caring, integrity, customer service, and positive attitude.” The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards recognizes Middle Tennessee nurses who demonstrate excellence in various aspects of the nursing profession. This includes nurses who demonstrate their excellence through their administration of health care services; through their provision of clinical care, comfort and support to patients in various healthcare settings; their education of future nursing.

Professionals; and their advancement of nursing knowledge through research efforts or through entrepreneurial or consultation efforts that advance the discipline of nursing.

Photo: (Left to right)

  • Snow Willis, RN, assistant emergency services director
  • Lisa Smotherman, RN
  • Coty Schmidt, RN
  • Samantha Johnson, ER medic
  • Tedman Lee, RN
  • Lindsey Lions, RN, BSN (Emergency Nurse of the Year)
  • Lou Caputo, chief executive officer
  • Heather Bratcher, RN, director of emergency services

About TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center
Celebrating 13 years of serving the community, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is a 109- bed facility located in North Rutherford County, Tenn. The TriStar Health hospital offers a full array of acute care services, including emergency care, general surgery, cardiology, obstetrics, intensive care, physical medicine, outpatient diagnostic service, orthopedics and cancer care through Sarah Cannon at TriStar StoneCrest. Recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for four consecutive years, awarded an “A” rating for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, recipient of both the Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and Maternity, TriStar StoneCrest maintains its commitment to be the center of excellence for a national leader in providing quality healthcare. The facility is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Certified Primary Stroke Center and recognized by American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar StoneCrest Medical, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or visit and choose TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. The hospital is located at 200 StoneCrest Boulevard, Smyrna, Tenn.