Matt Batcheldor

Melissia Boynton speaks with a visitor a few days after her heart transplant. (photo by Kylie Avery)

A Mother’s Day to remember

Melissia Boynton got the call about 3 a.m. on Mother’s Day that her new heart was available. Immediately, her plans changed from a barbecue around the family pool to a middle-of-the-night drive to Nashville to get her new heart.

Recovery team members included, from left, Will Tucker, MD, Stephen DeVries, DMSc, PA-C, and Christopher Schwartz, RN.

VUMC team travels to Alaska to recover a donor heart

The 5,704 nautical-mile trip is the farthest VUMC has traveled for an organ. The remarkable journey illustrates how new technologies make it possible to preserve organs longer, allowing Vanderbilt to look farther for a match.

DAISY Award spotlight: “Nurse Rhonda went out of her way to make my husband feel at ease”

Rhonda Bryant, LPN, works in in the inpatient unit at Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. She is one of the latest group of DAISY Award winners at VUMC.

Audrey Kuntz won an award. Her colleagues gifted her a tool belt.

For her ability to problem solve and advocate for patients and staff, Kuntz was a named a Credo Award winner.

Inaugural Nursing Grand Rounds kicks off Nurses Week celebrations 

The presentation focused on the essential value of fundamental nursing care, connecting and being present with patients, and attending to their basic care needs, such as nutrition, mobility and oral health.

A team approach to care 

LSU baseball fan sporting a new set of lungs after VUMC transplant

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