December 23, 2021

The most popular VUMC Voice stories of 2021

Love stories, an honor walk, a heroic rescue — and plumbing

2021 and 2022 on black alarm clock with copy space , Merry Christmas and Happy new year concept.

A look back: the most popular stories in the VUMC Voice for 2021 were:

  1. Tears of joy, tears of sorrow — College sweethearts, a COVID unit wedding, and a love story that ended too soon. The inside story of how VUMC’s COVID unit staff pulled together to arrange a wedding, and a reminder that not every love story has a happy ending.

    Stacey Bruff and Sherri Randolph on their wedding day.


  1. VUMC employee attends honor walk for her brother, becomes passionate organ donation advocate. Her brother Taylor’s death was heartbreaking, but Anna Lorenz, a Patient Relations specialist, is determined to inspire others with his example.

    Anna Lorenz. Photo by Susan Urmy


  1. VUMC Valentines: They met at employee orientation, the proposal was in Langford Auditorium, the wedding is set for next year. Camille Allison and Tyler Deresky didn’t learn much about policy or parking permits, but orientation was the start of something beautiful.

    A lot of sneaky subterfuge went into arranging Tyler Deresky’s proposal to Camille Allison on the stage at Langford Auditorium.


  1. The young woman was on the parking lot pavement without a pulse. A Vanderbilt nurse saved her life. Keith Caldwell, a nurse at the Vanderbilt Health Clinic at Walgreens, called on years of experience to perform CPR until an ambulance arrived.

    Keith Caldwell. Photo by Donn Jones


  1. It’s a terrible idea to flush “flushable” wipes. As anybody who has ever watched real estate or home renovation shows knows, people are extremely interested in bathrooms and plumbing. This story about how to protect home – and Medical Center – pipes was one of the most popular of the year.

    Clock image and pipes illustration by iStock