NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans are supporting Saint Thomas Health's efforts to promote safe sleep to new parents during Baby Safety Month in September.
Titans players* Kris Durham, T. J. Graham, Derek Hagan, Rico Richardson, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, *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.
Titans players support Saint Thomas Health's efforts to promote safe sleep to new parents during Baby Safety Month in September. (Photos: Lynne McCracken)
"The players' visits are always an uplifting and a positive experience for our patients and their families," said Caroline Young, clinical manager of the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute and Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. "The fact that they take time out of their personal day reinforces our unified commitment to community."
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 their Backs, and in a Crib.
"Our organization has been a long time financial supporter to Saint Thomas Hospital's Birthing Center through the Titans Foundation," said Thomas S. Smith, Titans president and chief executive officer.
Saint Thomas Health delivers approximately 10,000 newborns each year and educates new parents about safe sleep practices for babies. Its 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.