NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans S Kevin Byard, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Kenneth Durden CB Adoree' Jackson, S Kendrick Lewis, CB Logan Ryan, CB LeShaun Sims, S Bryden Trawick and CB Kenny Vaccaro visited new families and orthopedic patients, kicking off Titans Tuesdays at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital this week.
"The community knows that Saint Thomas Health and the Titans have a great relationship and work together well." said Donna Darnell, director of nursing at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. "The patients are aware of the Titans visits in the fall and they look forward to it! Even so far to bring their own memorabilia in hopes they might be one of the patients that gets to visit with the players or dress their newborn as a Titans fan."
"We visited some beautiful families," said Byard. "A couple of first time families and a few that were on their second or third child. It was great they were so excited to see us and we were excited to give them gifts. It was a great visit!"
The OB floor made extensive and exciting renovations that began in 2016 to enhance the experience of the many families they care for each year. Some of the updates included a new registration area, renovated triage rooms, labor and delivery rooms and a new Titans Fan Zone Waiting Room. Additionally, the new Birthing Center offers expectant families a truly memorable childbirth experience: holistic, highly specialized maternity care in a home-like environment.
More than 6,000 babies are born annually at the hospital which is the most among all hospitals in middle Tennessee.
"It's all about giving back," said Jackson. "It's about understanding what people are going through and their experience in life. Understanding that people are going through worse times that you are and being able to give back, put smiles on their faces, be positive and bring energy to their life."
Titans defensive backs helped kick off "Titans Tuesdays" by visiting new families and orthopedic patients at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. (Photos: Lynne McCracken)
The Joint Replacement Institute undertook an extensive renovation in 2015. The $25 million project renovated 94,000 square feet of space at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital that resulted in eight dedicated operating rooms that are larger and more appropriate for advanced total joint replacement procedures, leading to the best outcomes for patients. The final result brings Middle Tennessee patients a personalized experience and nationally recognized care.
"The connection with the Titans is a connection with Nashville," Darnell said. "Saint Thomas Health is very proud to be integrated with our community, the Titans supporting what we do and we are thankful for the support they give back to us."
"It's always good to see the patients at the hospital. We have a great relationship with Saint Thomas and it's been like that since I've been here," Byard said. "As long as I'm with the Titans, I'm going to make sure I always come to visit the patients."
ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH
In Tennessee, Ascension's Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $92 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, operating more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.