"Titans Tuesdays" Kicks Off With Baby Safety Month

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans kicked off "Titans Tuesdays" in support of Saint Thomas Health's efforts to promote safe sleep to new parents during September's Baby Safety Month.

Titans players Taylor Lewan, Dexter McCluster, Jamon Meredith, Bishop Sankey, Brian Schewenke and Chance Warmack, in addition to Gayle Webster, wife of Titans executive vice president and general manager, Ruston Webster all visited Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, visiting patients and welcoming new babies to their families.

The Titans kicked off "Titans Tuesdays" focused on Baby Safety Month at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. (Photos: Lynne McCracken)

"Saint Thomas Health focuses on creating a unique and supportive experience for the patients in our hospitals," said Dawn Rudolph, Chief Experience Officer for Saint Thomas Health.  "For years, Tennessee Titans players have joined us in that effort, giving of their time to visit patients and provide encouragement and spread excitement in these weekly visits.  Our staff members, too, look forward to the boost that a Titans visit gives."

More than 4,500 infant deaths occur each year due to numerous factors, including accidental suffocation due to unsafe sleep environments that include loose crib blankets.  Swaddling infants in a blanket is an age-old practice that can comfort a fussy baby. However, incorrect swaddling can pose a health threat. A blanket that is too loose can unwind and hinder breathing; one that is too tight can cause hip problems.  Remember the ABC's of safe sleep — Infants should sleep Alone, on theirBacks, and in a Crib.

Saint Thomas Health delivers approximately 10,000 newborns each year and educates new parents about safe sleep practices for babies. Their mission is focused on improving the overall health in communities.

For more information, visit the Saint Thomas website at www.sths.com or call (615) 284-BABY.

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee's faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complement the hospital services and cover a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com.

ABOUT ASCENSION

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension's own group purchasing organization.

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