January 26, 2001

VUMC News and Public Affairs receives awards for excellence

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Barb Cramer

Nancy Humphrey

Nancy Humphrey

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently recognized Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of News and Public Affairs for excellence in news.

Barb Cramer, director of Video News Services at VUMC, recently received an award for excellence for the Video News Release Project. Cramer was one of 15 people across the nation to receive the AAMC’s 30th Annual Award for Excellence.

A monthly communication program, the Video News Release Project provides a collection of stories ranging from medical research to patient care, new medical techniques to educational topics. Designed to run as health reports on commercial TV newscasts, these news releases are broadcast throughout the nation and world, reaching over four and a half million viewers.

Cramer, a former television and radio journalist, began working at VUMC in 1990.

House Organ, edited by Wayne Wood, was also recognized by the AAMC, receiving an Award of Distinction in the Publications: Internal Audience Periodicals category.

Cramer’s work was also recognized by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The Video News Release Project was awarded a bronze medal award in the 2000 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program.

Vanderbilt Medicine received a silver medal in the 2000 CASE awards program. Vanderbilt Medicine, edited by Nancy Humphrey, is a news magazine serving the medical school alumni.