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New Vanderbilt Kennedy Center project to serve Hispanic disability community

Dec. 7, 2004—Nashville Hispanic families affected by disabilities will now have better access to information and services, thanks to a grant to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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Chapman posthumously awarded AMA’s top honor

Dec. 6, 2004—John E. Chapman, M.D., former dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, was posthumously awarded the 2004 Distinguished Service Award by the American Medical Association.

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Trouble in Toyland report endorsed by doctors at VCH

Dec. 6, 2004—Just before the traditional peak of the holiday shopping season, U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) has released its 19th annual toy safety report. On Nov. 23, several toys were demonstrated for their potential hazards at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Veronica Gunn, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital talked about the types of injuries that are commonly seen each year involving toys.

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Tennessee Department of Health & Vanderbilt University Medical Center Researchers Seek to Learn Why Many Tennesseans Continue to Refuse Flu Vaccine

Dec. 6, 2004—Last year ushered in a swirl of notoriety regarding influenza vaccine. The 2003-2004 flu season arrived early and hit hard. For many individuals, thanks in part to tremendous media hype and a delay in the availability of vaccine supplies, flu shots were a highly-sought after commodity.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director receives honors

Nov. 30, 2004—Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director Pat Levitt has been awarded the 2004 Friend of Children award by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The award recognizes Levitt's contributions at the local, state and national level to the healthy development of children.

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Researchers at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing report largest increase in RN employment nationwide in decades, yet crisis still looms

Nov. 16, 2004—The number of registered nurses entering the job market appears to be on a steady incline, with a total employment growth of over 200,000 R.N.'s since 2001, the largest increase since the early 1980's, but experts at the School of Nursing say it's still not enough to prevent a long-term crisis that threatens to cripple the entire health care system.

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Twin Receives Heart in Early Morning Surgery

Nov. 16, 2004—Four-and-a-half-month-old Abigail Patrick received a new heart at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt early this morning.

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Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center lands national accreditation

Nov. 16, 2004—Vanderbilt's Sleep Disorders Center has garnered national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

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Infant Twins’ Sudden Illness Leads to Need for Dual Heart Transplants at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Nov. 8, 2004—Four-month-old identical twins Abigail and Shea Patrick were miracle babies. Their parents tried to have children for years.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to Manage Gateway Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Oct. 29, 2004—The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is working to finalize agreements which will place the hospital as the manager of the NICU at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville as soon as January 2005.

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Influenza Studies Involving Children Continue Despite Flu Vaccine Shortages

Oct. 20, 2004—A few lucky families will avoid long lines to receive flu vaccine for their young children, and may help future generations at the same time by participating in flu vaccine research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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VCH pediatrician asks parents to take control of Halloween excess

Oct. 19, 2004—Decades ago Halloween meant visiting a handful of houses, always prepared to earn a treat with a clever homemade costume and a friendly Halloween greeting. Today many families feel trick-or-treating is an exercise in excess at a time when obesity is one of the nation's top health concerns.

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