April 9, 1999

News Briefs

Weather watch

Medical center personnel are invited to tune in to the Weather Report at the Spring Faculty Meeting.

The event, which will provide an up-to-the minute forecast on the status of VUMC by members of the institution's leadership team, will take place on Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.

Screen time

Free screenings for cancers of the head and neck will be offered at Vanderbilt Medical Center as part of "Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week" activities sponsored by the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.

The screenings will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Friday, April 9, in the Otolaryngology Clinic on the second floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic. No appointment is necessary.

This is the second year that the not-for-profit, Nashville-based foundation has sponsored awareness activities, including education events to area schools, a "research day" to highlight advances in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these cancers, and a 5K race/walk on Saturday, April 10.

Dr. Terry A. Day, assistant professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery, is president of the foundation, which is sponsoring activities nationwide this year.

For more information, call the foundation at 343-5895 or contact its website at www.headandneck.org.

Fund Raiser

Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing, has been named to lead the 1999 fund-raising campaign of the United Way of Middle Tennessee. As campaign chair, Conway-Welch will work to increase the $9 million raised last year for Davidson County's Community Solutions Fund.

"Colleen has skills in many areas ranging from fund raising to care delivery to strategic leadership, and there is probably no better combination of talents to help the community meet the growing health and human services needs of this dynamic region," said Mark Desmond, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Middle Tennessee.

Conway-Welch is only the second woman chosen to lead the campaign during the organization's 77-year history.

Seeking satisfaction

There's still a few days left to put in your two cents worth.

Opportunities to take part in the VUMC staff and faculty satisfaction survey will continue through Tuesday, April 13.

The confidential survey is aimed at determining how staff and faculty feel about the medical center, their jobs and the people they work for. Results of the survey will be available later this spring.