Author: Nancy Humphrey
VUMC’s hotline surpasses 20,000-call milestone
Apr. 16, 2020—In early March Vanderbilt University Medical Center established a telephone hotline for its patients and employees concerned that they could be ill with COVID-19. The hotline has since received more than 20,000 calls.
VUMC groups unite to sanitize N95 masks with ultraviolet light
Apr. 9, 2020—A group of physicians, nurses and representatives from multiple areas throughout VUMC came up with a process in less than a week to safely and effectively sanitize used N95 respirators.
Progression of inflammatory lung disease analyzed
Apr. 2, 2020—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center interim analysis shows that there appears to be a considerable length of time before a subset of people develop inflammatory, scarring lung diseases where there is radiologically detectable evidence they will develop lung disease.
Keeping good nutrition habits crucial while social distancing
Apr. 1, 2020—Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic could keep many people at home for weeks with fewer trips to the grocery, so it’s natural to want to eat what’s in your freezer or pantry.
Vanderbilt mourns loss of former Anesthesiology chair Bradley E. Smith, MD
Mar. 24, 2020—Bradley E. Smith, MD, former professor and chair of the Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology, died March 20 in Nashville after a long battle with cancer. He was 86.
Suddenly having to work from home can create new challenges
Mar. 18, 2020—For those who work in an office surrounded by co-workers, working from home can sound like a dream come true — there’s no frustrating commute and you can sit quietly at your own kitchen table or home office, away from the distractions of daily office work life. But if it’s not your choice, it can be a different story.
Pediatric diabetes, palliative care focus of new Friends of Children’s Hospital gift
Jan. 16, 2020—Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a volunteer organization, recently committed $1 million over the next three years to be split between two crucial pediatric programs: diabetes and palliative care.
Couple’s bequest allows them to reciprocate the gift of life
Nov. 21, 2019—Larry and Sue Hill, of Norris, Tennessee, decided after Larry’s life-saving kidney transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012 that they weren’t satisfied just saying thank you and moving on. They wanted to pay it forward.
Effort to remove penicillin allergy labels seeing success
Oct. 17, 2019—A program in the Medical Intensive Care Unit has successfully removed penicillin allergy labels from more than 45 inpatients at high risk to receive antibiotics, but whose penicillin allergies were low risk.
Vaccine study seeks to halt flu’s most severe side effects
Oct. 9, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is leading a multicenter national study to evaluate the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine for preventing the flu’s most serious side effects — admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), organ failure and death.
Churchwell named to Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine
Aug. 26, 2019—Andre Churchwell, MD, Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and senior associate dean for Diversity Affairs for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been named to the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Master of Genetic Counseling program debuts inaugural class
Aug. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has welcomed its first class of students seeking a Master of Genetic Counseling (MGC) degree.