May 21, 1999

News Briefs

Rising signs

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., Vanderbilt Children's Hospital will host a sign-raising to officially dedicate the location of the Children's Hospital. The event will occur in lot 42, located at the corner of 22nd and Pierce avenues.

Present will be former Children's Hospital patients and members of the Friends of Children's Hospital to help paint the signs dedicating the construction site. Remarks will be provided by Monroe Carell Jr., chairman of the Campaign for Children's Hospital. All VUMC staff and faculty are invited.

Stroke screening set

The Vanderbilt Stroke Center is offering free stroke prevention screening for Vanderbilt employees.

The screenings will take place today, May 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Neurology Clinic, third floor TVC. To schedule an appointment, call 343-4996.

The free screenings will include an awareness assessment; cholesterol check; blood pressure and pulse check; carotid artery examination; and a consultation.

Employees should bring their identification badges.

Heart matters

You may have seen or heard them already.

One Heart at A Time. It's the campaign highlighting the services offered at the Vanderbilt Page-Campbell Heart Institute.

The two TV, four radio and four print advertisements are projected to run over the next 12-18 months. The emphasis is on treating each patient as an individual.

"The ad campaign captures the essence of our philosophy and our approach to patient care," said Dr. Douglas E. Vaughan, C. Sidney Burwell Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

"We are committed to delivering state-of-the-art and compassionate care for all of our patients, tailored to fit their individual needs."

The "no two hearts are the same" concept is one that has been used at Vanderbilt in order to provide optimal care for every patient.

"Cardiovascular care has changed over the last 20 years," said Amy Brunson, marketing and communications specialist at Vanderbilt. "There are less invasive approaches to treating heart disease. We want to let folks know there are other options. We have excellent surgeons, but we also have top intervention resources as well."

The 30-second TV ads for VanderbiltHeart can be seen on all the major networks, while the radio spots, played in 60-second slots, can be heard across the dial. The print ads can be seen in newspapers and magazines in the region.

Singing for a cure

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are sponsoring an "Evening of Song and Story," June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

John Jarrard, who has penned such hits as George Strait's Blue Clear Sky, Blackhawk's I Sure Can Smell the Rain, and Tracey Lawrence's Is that A Tear, will host the show. T. Graham Brown, Bill Anderson, and others will join Jarrard to perform some of their well-known hits and share stories.

Jarrard was diagnosed with diabetes more than 30 years ago, and the disease has cost him his sight, kidneys, and legs, but not his spirit. Over the past three years, he has raised more than $100,000 for the research, awareness, and education programs of the American Diabetes Association. All participants of the Evening of Song and Story have donated their time in support of this cause.

Tickets to the performance are $20. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 255-9600. For group sales, contact Cheri Sanders at the American Diabetes Association, 298-3066, ext. 104.