Titans Kick Off Holiday Season Visiting Heart and Orthopaedic Patients at Saint Thomas West Hospital

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NASHVILLE -- Titans DT Jurrell Casey, LB Kamalei Correa, DE Matt Dickerson, OLB Reggie Gilbert, DT Austin Johnson, DT DaQuan Jones, P Brett Kern, DT Isaiah Mack, OLB Derick Roberson and K Ryan Succop visited heart and orthopaedic patients to kick off the holiday season at Saint Thomas West Hospital this Tuesday.

"We always enjoy coming out to spend time with the patents who need someone to give them joy, touch their hearts and bring some holiday joy," said Casey. "No matter what's going on in life and our day, it's great to spend a little time supporting the community because they give so much back to us. It's humbling for the hospital to open their doors and allow us visit their patients. No matter what's going on in life, it's great to open your heart and visit the patients to see the joy on their faces!"

"This is something we always look forward to! Spending some time with patients to bring some joy and cheer," said Succop. "It's great to give back and be a positive impact in the community and do our small part to cheer patients up around Christmas."

"The partnership between Saint Thomas and the Titans means so much no only to the hospital but the patients we treat," said Harrison Kiser, Chief Operating Officer, Saint Thomas West Hospital. "Being in the hospital anytime of the year, especially during the holidays, is difficult. Having the Titans come and visit with some of the patients is uplifting and a great time for everyone. Hopefully it will help our patients feel better and get back to their normal lives."

Titans players visit heart and orthopaedic patients to kick off the holiday season at Saint Thomas West Hospital. (Photos: Donald Page)

Saint Thomas Health's long tradition of excellent cardiac care reprepsents one of the nation's most innovative and comprehensive heart programs.

As home to Tennessee's first heart transplant program, opened in 1985, and the region's most advanced Aortic Center, they offer a full spectrum of quality heart care services meeting patient's individual needs.

The dedicated joint replacement surgeons of the Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Institute proudly perform more than twice as many joint-related procedures than all other hospitals in Middle Tennessee. The final result brings Middle Tennessee patients a personalized experience and nationally recognized care.

Saint Thomas West Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, comprised of nine hospitals in the Nashville area, and a part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health care system and largest Catholic health care system in the country. The hospital was founded in 1898 by the Daughters of Charity, and today it is administered by the Daughters of Charity. It has more than 3500 employees and 700 physicians on staff and is located a short distance from downtown Nashville.

Saint Thomas West Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation. The Saint Thomas Heart Institute is known as the premier provider of cardiovascular services in a 70 county area covering all of middle Tennessee and reaching into southern Kentucky and northern Alabama. The Saint Thomas Heart Institute has been rated the #1 Heart Hospital in Tennessee and in the nation's top five percent for heart surgery and overall cardiac services.

The hospital is committed to serving all persons with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. This Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. This ministry and its staff are advocates for a compassionate and just society through actions and words.

ABOUT ASCENSION 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 $127 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018. 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 21 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.

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