Williamson Medical Center has been named the local recipient of Darrell Waltrip Subaru’s annual Share the Love Event, which takes place November 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019. During this time, Subaru will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased to one of four national charities or to Williamson Medical Center Foundation, depending on the customer’s preference. The WMC Foundation will use the funds to purchase new car seats for children who have been in accidents and to benefit the Joey’s Pouch Fund, which provides necessary items for unprepared, new mothers care for their newborns.

“We’re extremely grateful to be chosen to partner with Darrell Waltrip’s Share the Love program for the second year running,” said Leigh Williams, WMC Foundation Associate. “When a child comes to the hospital after being involved in an auto accident, we replace their car seat prior to releasing them from the medical center. This program helps make that possible. We’re also eager to support new babies and their parents who need a little extra help. A partnership like this speaks volumes for Darrell Waltrip Subaru, and creates awareness of community needs all around us.”

This year’s Share the Love partnership also is working to promote car seat safety checks. According to the City of Franklin, nearly 85 percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly.

“The Franklin Fire Department offers free car seat checks daily. However, an appointment is required,” said FFD’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, Jamie Melton. “To schedule an appointment, call (615) 550-6899 the morning you’d like to have your seat checked and we’ll let you know which station is offering checks that day.” Melton said to allow 30 minutes for each seat being installed, and to bring your child along to ensure proper fit. The Franklin Fire Department’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available most days by appointment, as drop-ins are not permitted.

“Darrell Waltrip Subaru is proud to partner with Williamson Medical Center Foundation and the City of Franklin’s Fire Department for this important initiative,” said John Gallagher, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group. “Eighty-five percent is a shocking estimate of children who are not properly restrained. We believe together we can help significantly reduce this number and are grateful for the firefighters helping to ensure each child is safely restrained one car seat at a time.” Darrell Waltrip Subaru is located at 1450 Murfreesboro Road in Franklin, across the street from Williamson Medical Center.

 

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Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center continues to advance the way healthcare is delivered to our region with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, which provides pediatric emergent and inpatient care. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we provide dedicated, focused, and specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.