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Reporter Aug 5 2016

New initiative pairs volunteers with palliative care patients

Aug. 4, 2016—As a nurse working with critically ill patients with orders to not resuscitate, Rebecca Hixson, R.N., has often lingered in a patient’s room to complete her routine charting if she felt they were nearing death and no family or friends were around. But Hixson now hopes a new volunteer program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will mean these patients will always have someone by their side at the end of life.

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Pinson to chair Nashville Health Care Council board

Aug. 4, 2016—The Nashville Health Care Council has announced the appointment of new and renewing members to its 2016-2017 board of directors. C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will serve as chair of the board for a two-year term.

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Brown named to Academy for Women of Achievement

Aug. 4, 2016—Katherine Brown, Ed.D., M.S.Ed., an occupational therapist with Vanderbilt Home Care Services, is one of the eight inspiring Nashville women who will be inducted into the YWCA’s 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement on Oct. 6.

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VUSM student’s research poster lauded at international meeting

Aug. 4, 2016—A Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) student recently received international recognition when his poster presentation at a major infectious diseases conference was voted the best from among 600 presenters and 1,500 attendees.

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NIH grant boosts Englot’s epilepsy research efforts

Aug. 4, 2016—Dario Englot, M.D., Ph.D., has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his research into better understanding brain connectivity disturbances in patients with focal epilepsy.

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Initiative set to raise funds for teen, young adult cancer care

Aug. 4, 2016—Teen Cancer America and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt this week announced the launch of a collaborative effort to raise $1 million to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Heart transplant program among busiest in U.S.

Aug. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s heart transplant program is ranked No. 2 nationwide in volume for its combined adult and pediatric procedures, according to the most recent data released by Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) in July.

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White Coat Ceremony marks start of medical school journey

Aug. 4, 2016—Family members, friends and faculty gathered in Light Hall on July 29 to support the new Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) class during the school’s annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony.

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VUSN honors near-record number of students during pinning ceremonies

Aug. 3, 2016—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recognized 360 students—one of the largest classes in its history—during pinning ceremonies July 31 at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium.

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Kleberg Foundation grant bolsters cancer drug discovery efforts

Aug. 3, 2016—The Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators in support of VICC’s drug discovery program. The gift awarded over the next three years from the private, San Antonio, Texas-based foundation will enable VICC researchers to pursue the development of new compounds to block the activity of cancer-causing genes and proteins that had previously been considered “undruggable.”

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VUMC mourns loss of Orthopaedics innovator Brooks

Aug. 2, 2016—Arthur L. Brooks, M.D., an innovator of surgical techniques and a mentor to younger orthopaedic surgeons, died Thursday, July 28, at age 91.

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VUMC once again named among nation’s finest by U.S. News and World Report

Aug. 2, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has once again been named among the nation’s finest providers of specialty care by U.S. News and World Report, and has also been named the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee and the Metro Nashville area.

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