Reporter May 29 2015

Faculty and staff opinions sought during upcoming Pulse Surveys

Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff are encouraged to share their opinions through upcoming Community Pulse Surveys.


Research at U.S. academic medical centers faces threats to sustainable support

Unstable federal research funding and reductions in health care revenue for academic medical centers threatens to undermine the nation’s biomedical research enterprise, and in turn clinical medicine, which the nation needs now more than ever.

Awards recognize commitment to service excellence

Credo Award and Five Pillar Leader Award winners were announced May 21 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Langford Auditorium. These staff and faculty awards are given on a quarterly basis.

Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly explores changing health care economy

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Spring Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly, held on May 21 at Langford Auditorium, highlighted ways the Medical Center is preparing to lead in a consumer-driven health care economy, where patients’ concerns over both cost and quality will drive industry change.

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New colorectal surgery protocol reduces length of hospital stay by 25 percent

For colorectal surgery patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the introduction last summer of a new patient care protocol, which includes intensive follow-up by anesthesiologists in the hospital, has led to an average 25 percent reduction in hospital length of stay after surgery — from four days to three — and 90 percent reduction in the use of opioids to treat post-operative pain.

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VU study to explore Accountable Care Organizations’ impact on cancer screenings

As health care organizations implement new strategies to improve quality and reduce costs, a physician researcher at VUMC is setting out to identify whether there could be unintended effects.

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