NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 20, 2012) – Nashville Sounds team members made a surprise visit to patients, visitors, and staff at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., last week.
Starting pitcher Hiram Burgos, #20, centerfielder Logan Schafer, #22, and team mascot Ozzie visited the heart and vascular, labor and delivery, neuroscience, orthopaedic, and pediatric areas of the hospital. They were greeted with smiles, giggles, and lots of ‘thank you’ handshakes and hugs.
“It was such an honor to go spend time with the wonderful people at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Exchanging smiles and stories with people who exude confidence and optimism as they understand there is no greater healing remedy as that of one with a positive attitude,” said Schafer. “The staff and patients alike gave me joy and a better outlook on life in general. I can only hope I gave that same joyous feeling.”
The players and Ozzie signed autographs, posed for photos, and visited with patients and staff. They even got to help one young patient celebrate a birthday with surprise ‘happy birthday’ wishes in a card and an autographed Sounds pennant.
“Patients and staff alike were excited to see members of Nashville’s hometown minor league baseball team at TriStar Centennial,” said Machell Simms, director of neuroscience services for TriStar Centennial. “We can all use a little fun and encouragement in our day. Seeing the Sounds players in our hallways and rooms is certainly a welcome treat.”
The Nashville Sounds are known for their involvement within the community as much as their performance on the field. Team players and Ozzie frequently visit area hospitals to spend time with patients of all ages. TriStar Centennial was their last hospital visit of the season.
Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.
Pictured above: Nashville Sounds centerfielder Logan Schafer, #22, team mascot Ozzie, and starting pitcher Hiram Burgos, #20, (pictured left to right) visit with neuroscience and orthopaedic staff during a visit to TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.