August 22, 2003

Women’s spa event draws VUMC volunteers

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In his convocation speech last week, Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. Steven G. Gabbe compared medical school to the climbing of Mount Everest. Tommy Lawson

Women’s spa event draws VUMC volunteers

Several Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees will be donating their time and services this weekend, for the first ever “All About Women” spa and health fair at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.

“The World’s Largest Spa” event was created to feature free healthcare presentations, workshops, and on-site services devoted to caring for underserved women in Middle Tennessee.

A recent report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in Washington, D.C., found Tennessee ranked 39th in the health and wellbeing of women, and even lower when it comes to specific diseases like diabetes and breast cancer.

VUMC participants include the Women’s Heart Program, West End Women’s Health Center, Vine Hill Community Clinic, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Laser Sight Center, Kim Dayani Health Promotion Center and Vanderbilt Sports Medicine.

The Coca-Cola Company is also sponsoring a booth for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, highlighting child passenger safety.

The fair runs today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information visit