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Chisolm named COO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Nov. 17, 2021—  by Emily Stembridge Troy Chisolm has been named chief operating officer (COO) for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH). As COO, Chisolm will lead a variety of initiatives and will support exceptional patient service, staff satisfaction, clinical quality outcomes, growth and volume management, and financial performance. “I am so excited to welcome Troy as the new...

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Nurse’s vision blooms into therapeutic garden at VPH

Nov. 4, 2021—by Emily Stembridge For many people the practice of gardening represents growth, rebirth and change. When Susan Crawford, RN-BC, a nurse in Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s (VPH) Intensive Outpatient Programs, realized that these same ideas are also important in the practice of behavioral therapy, she envisioned an initiative to combine the two practices. Crawford’s initiative is...

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Pawlikowski named president of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Jul. 27, 2021—Mary Pawlikowski, MA, MEd, interim vice president and chief operating officer for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH), has been named as the hospital’s new president after having held the position of president on an interim basis since November 2020.

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Program combines treatment for mental health, substance use disorders

Apr. 29, 2021—For people with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders, finding integrated care that treats both conditions can be a difficult task. Vanderbilt Behavioral Health is seeking to simplify care for these patients through the co-occurring disorders intensive outpatient program (IOP).

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Pawlikowski named interim president of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Nov. 12, 2020—Mary Pawlikowski, MA, MEd, Chief Operating Officer of Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, has been named interim president of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH), succeeding Jameson Norton, MBA, in the role he has held since 2016.

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VPH nurse creates trauma-informed yoga program

Oct. 22, 2020—Julie Stavas, RN, has found a way to marry two of her passions — psychiatric nursing and yoga — at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH). About once every week, she leads trauma-informed yoga therapy to a group of five to 10 patients for 30 to 45 minutes.

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Psychiatric Hospital debuts new inpatient unit for psychotic disorders

Aug. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital has opened a new inpatient unit focused primarily on patients in the early stage of a psychotic disorder and on patients who need the most comprehensive diagnostic clarity and close monitoring.

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Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program provides alternative to inpatient psychiatric care

Jan. 3, 2019—Adolescents who are struggling with intense emotional, behavioral and social difficulties may find an alternate care path to an inpatient stay through Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.

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Cirpili returns as CNO for Psychiatric Hospital

Dec. 20, 2018—Avni Cirpili, DNP, RN, has returned as Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and Vanderbilt Behavioral Health (VBH) after nearly three years as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the Menninger Clinic in Houston.

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Becker driven to help improve quality of patients’ lives

Mar. 29, 2018—Jonathan Becker, DO, the medical director overseeing Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) program, spends a fair amount of time explaining to patients what electroconvulsive therapy is not.

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VPH’s Jarosemich always ready to lend a helping hand

Mar. 30, 2017—Laura Jarosemich, MSN, R.N., is always teaching. It’s the role she had as a nurse educator, as an instructor at Nashville State Community College and now as a nurse at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH), both to patients and fellow nurses.

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Protocol standardizes care for pregnant women on opiates

Feb. 16, 2017—Complications related to opioid abuse occur in 54,000 pregnancies annually in the United States, and Tennessee ranks among the top 10 states in the number of opioid-dependent pregnant women.

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