NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the residents at Saint Thomas Hickman Nursing Home in Centerville, Tenn., this Tuesday was just another ordinary day -- until the Tennessee Titans pulled in their parking lot for a "Titans Tuesday" visit.
Wide receiver Cameron Batson, DB Dane Cruikshank, CB Josh Kalu, LB Robert Spillane, C Coleman Shelton and G Aaron Stinnie visited the nursing home patients' this morning with warm smiles and wishes of wellness.
"Saint Thomas Hickman truly appreciates the Titans visit to our facility," said Kevin Campbell, chief administrative officer of Ascension Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital. "The day means so much to our residents, patients and staff. The visit creates and emotional spark in all of us and the Titans players always seem to really enjoy visiting with our nursing home residents as well. Our residents love to cheer them on every Sunday!"
The residents, their families, staff and volunteers were all anxiously waiting to meet the Titans players. One of the most excited was Phillip Farinnato, who is 27 years old with cerebral palsy. He loves football and the Titans are his favorite team! Phillip volunteers at the facility two days per week lifting residents' spirits and making them smile.
One of the oldest residents is Eltie Davis, who is 98 years old. Eltie loves reading, giving direction to others and socializing, but she also loves watching the Titans play each week with her daughter, Jean.
"In the 4 years that I have been with Saint Thomas, the day that the Titans come to visit our residents is one of the most exciting for them," said Renee' Whaley, director of nursing at Saint Thomas Health. "We truly appreciate the Titans taking time out of their day to bring happiness and joy to people and making them smile. The residents, their families and staff look forward to their visits every year."
The Nursing Home at Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital is a 40-bed JCAHO-accredited facility that provides compassionate, faith-based care for older adults. The facility provides medical services, which include physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, wound care, dental care and mental health counseling. Additionally, they offer a wide variety of programs and services to help senior adults stay active and mentally stimulated, including bowling, memory-enhancing games, cooking classes, as well as regular outings to shopping centers and restaurants.
Located in Centerville Tenn., Saint Thomas Hickman Nursing Home is a member of Saint Thomas Health and part of a comprehensive network of hospitals and affiliated ventures with an integrated ministry of helping people lead healthier lives, transforming their healthcare experience through trusted personal relationships and holistic, reverent care. "Nothing shall be Impossible".
It's wonderful to watch how a group of Titans players can impact these residents and it is heartwarming to watch the exchanges. Today was not just another ordinary day at Saint Thomas Hickman Nursing Home.
Titans players bring smiles to the faces of patients at the Saint Thomas Hickman Nursing Home in Centerville, Tenn. on "Titans Tuesday." (Photos: Lynne McCracken)