Titans give Baptist $500,000 grant

Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 1:26pm

The Baptist Hospital Foundation accepted a grant of $500,000 from the Titans Foundation, Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. and his wife, Nancy, announced today. The grant is intended to be used for the hospital’s obstetrics expansion project.

“The gift from Bud & Nancy Adams will name the third floor Obstetrics Family Waiting Area and will now be known as the Bud & Nancy Adams and Tennessee Titans Family Waiting Area,” said Bernie Sherry, President and CEO of Baptist Hospital. “This area plays a special part in the childbirth experience for the families and friends of the 7,000 babies born each year at Baptist Hospital, providing a comfortable setting in which to eagerly await a new baby's birth.”

Baptist Hospital leads the region in obstetrics, delivering more than 7,000 babies last year. Because of the high volume of births at Baptist, the expansion has become a necessity that will include significant enhancements focusing on caring for the entire family.

“The Bud & Nancy Adams and Tennessee Titans Family Waiting Area will be designed as a soothing space with separate areas for all members of the family,” Sherry said. “From televisions, children's play area, snack area and quiet alcoves, everyone will find a space to suit their own needs. This gift will benefit all those who come to Baptist Hospital for one of the most important moments in life...the birth of a new baby.”

This grant represents the largest single gift from the Titans Foundation since it was formed in 1999.

“We consider our organization’s partnership to be among our most important,” Adams said of the Titans’ relationship with Baptist Hospital. “Our close association with Baptist includes not only the name of our training and administration facility (Baptist Sports Park), but more importantly, our players’ health care, which is of huge importance to our business and operations.”

“Our players and staff visit patients at Baptist Hospital on Tuesdays throughout the season and have done so since our move to Tennessee,” Adams continued. “In addition to the great care our players receive, many of our players, coaches and staff have had their babies delivered at Baptist Hospital!”

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