August 14, 2023

Chill Out event brings ice cream and smiles on a hot summer afternoon

I scream, you scream, etc.

Gina Y, LPN, Tarsha B, CMA, and friend at chill out event with free ice cream on VUH courtyard.

All photos by Susan Urmy.

VUMC Chill Out, an annual Employee Celebration, was held on Aug. 11 on the VUH Plaza, One Hundred Oaks, Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital and at Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital.

There were nutty buddies. There were ice cream sandwiches. There were dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free options.

And there were smiles. Lots of smiles.

Some photos from the Chill Out on the VUH Plaza:

Pharmacy technician Renee West, CPhT, picking up some ice cream from Mike McConnell, director of finance at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Jim Hollender, MBA, Chief Operating Officer at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, hands out ice cream to Shunsuke Uetake, MD, PhD, a visiting scholar in the School of Medicine.


James Powers, MD, about to get a grip on a nutty buddy from Mary Pawlikowski, MA, MEd, and Rhonda Ashley-Dixon, MA, president and vice president of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital.


Chad Fitzgerald, JD, chief regulatory officer and vice president of Health System Emergency Operations and Erin Tickle, RN, MMHC, DNP, associate nurse executive for Nursing Strategy and System Integration, help Lora Hedges, lab manager at the Potocsnak Center for Undiagnosed and Rare Disorders make the tough choice of which type of ice cream to pick.


Jennifer Wright, CPhT, and Chelsea Foster, RN, BSN, made the popular choice of nutty buddies.