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Kidney transplant patient, brother share 40-year journey

May. 8, 2019—In 1979, Patsy Williams and her brother, Barry Ford, made a decision that has given her many more years of life. Ford gave Williams his kidney at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They recently gathered for a luncheon to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Williams' transplant, along with dozens of their closest friends and family. She is thought to have lived longer with her transplant than anyone else who received one at Vanderbilt.

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More congenital heart patients becoming transplant candidates

May. 2, 2019—Patients with a form of congenital heart disease — having only one ventricle (pumping chamber) — are now living longer lives due to the successful surgical and medical treatments they receive as children.

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Flag-raising ceremony honors gift of organ donation

Apr. 25, 2019—Eighty individuals donated the gift of their organs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center last year, more than any other hospital in the nation, and they and their families were saluted on April 16 at the 10th annual Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony.

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Family’s journey an inspiration for organ donation awareness

Apr. 11, 2019—Heroes come in all sizes, and Mikayla Honeycutt was a small but mighty one. Born with a congenital brain condition called Dandy-Walker Syndrome, she had too much fluid in her brain.

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First artificial heart patient gets permanent replacement

Mar. 28, 2019—Tim Lowell of Hernando, Mississippi, received the first total artificial heart in the state of Tennessee when the cardiac surgery team at Vanderbilt Health placed the device in his chest on Sept. 26, 2018. The mechanical heart kept him alive for nearly three months until a matching human donor heart became available and he was transplanted on Dec. 16, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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VUMC shines in new advanced practice book

Feb. 28, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a leading institution for advanced practice professionals, recently reached another milestone for prominence in this area.

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Bachmann lauded by American College of Cardiology

Feb. 21, 2019—Justin Bachmann, MD, MPH, is receiving the Presidential Career Development Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), which comes with one year of research support totaling $70,000.

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New sculpture honors organ donors, families

Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees and guests gathered in the sixth floor atrium of the Critical Care Tower on Feb. 14 to dedicate “The Gift of Life,” a metal sculpture memorializing the final, selfless act of VUMC’s organ donors and their families.

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VUSN launches Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

Feb. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently held a three-day clinical immersion to launch its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) education program for advanced practice nursing students, part of a $1.43 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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New option could increase minority kidney transplants

Feb. 7, 2019—People with blood type B who received a kidney transplant of blood type A2 kidneys had similar outcomes to those with blood type B who received blood type B kidneys.

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March of Dimes chapter honors nine Vanderbilt nurses

Feb. 7, 2019—Nine nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received top honors at the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Nurse of the Year Awards.

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Grand rounds event highlights Advanced Practice Nursing

Jan. 31, 2019—About 200 people gathered at Light Hall on Jan. 15 for the kickoff of the 2019 series of Advanced Practice Grand Rounds, a monthly educational series organized by the VUMC Office of Advanced Practice.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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