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.
The residents and staff were all waiting to meet the Titans players and the most excited resident was Buford 'Bubba' Wayne Tidwell, II, who is the youngest resident at 44 years old. Bubba watches the Titans play each week - they are his favorite team!
The oldest resident is Edith Smith, who is 101 years old. Edith loves sewing and cooking but she also loves football and the Titans.
"Saint Thomas Hickman truly appreciates the Titans visit to our facility," said Jack Keller, chief executive officer of 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 am sure a lift to the players as well. Our residents prove to be cheerleaders!"
"In the 3 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 some happiness and joy to people. The residents, their families and staff look forward to their visits."
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 spend Tuesday visiting residents at Saint Thomas Hickman Nursing Home in Centerville, Tenn. (Photos: Lynne McCracken)