June 15, 2007

Whitney joins News and Public Affairs office

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Kathy Whitney

Whitney joins News and Public Affairs office

News and media veteran Kathy Whitney has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Office of News and Public Affairs.

She will write stories for the VUMC Reporter and the office's other publications, with her primary focus being the School of Medicine and Cardiology.

Whitney, who for the past four years has worked as a freelance writer covering Nashville health care news, is no stranger to the Medical Center's news operation.

From 1987 to 1990 she worked in the News and Public Affairs office as a staff writer, eventually becoming editor of the Reporter.

She and her husband, Russell, moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1990, where she worked for the College of Charleston as publications editor, and later to the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, where she served as public relations coordinator.

After returning to Nashville in 1993, Whitney served as the marketing manager for the Medstat Group, a health care information company.

“Kathy is a diligent reporter and skilled writer, and I think the readers of Medical Center publications are going to enjoy reading her work again,” said Wayne Wood, director of publications and assistant director of the News and Public Affairs office.

Whitney is excited about the opportunity to return to VUMC's news operation.

“I am delighted to be working in the Office of News and Public Affairs again and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and forging new friendships. I am grateful to Bill Hance (director of News and Public Affairs) for giving me the opportunity to work at VUMC not once, but twice.”

In addition to its multi-faceted media relations work, the Office of News and Public Affairs also publishes House Organ; Vanderbilt Medicine, VUSM's alumni magazine; Vanderbilt Nurse, VUSN’s newsletter; EQ, a quarterly benefits and HR insert into the Reporter; Momentum, the newsletter of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; On Their Way, the newsletter of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt; and the science magazine Lens.