June 11, 1999

News Briefs

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's office of News and Public affairs has won several awards recently for its publications and video news releases.

Barbara Cramer, director of VUMC's News Release Program, won an Award of Merit in the Parthenon Award competition, sponsored by the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Cramer produces, writes, edits, and distributes video news releases on medical center topics to television stations in the region. The releases are distributed nationally by NBC's affiliate service, and internationally by a news satellite service.

Paul Govern, editor of Crossroads, a newsletter for patient care staff and faculty at VUMC, was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Internal Audience Periodicals category of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) annual national competition.

House Organ, the monthly general-interest magazine for VUMC staff and faculty, also won a CASE Bronze Medal – in the Individual In-House Publications category. The individual publication entered for judging was the December 1998/January 1999 issue, which featured the 1999 Calendar and the accounts of seven "miracles" – patients who beat long odds. Wayne Wood, assistant director of News and Public Affairs and director of publications, edits House Organ.