Reporter Aug 28 2020
Keeping safety in forefront key to successful sports season
Aug. 28, 2020—For weeks, coaches have put athletes through an endless series of drills in hopes that the repeated exercises will lead to a mastery of the skills. Their ultimate goal — wins. While plays and routes will become second nature to student athletes, there are a few additional skills that need to be in the lineup — ones that can ultimately save lives.
Study to track if COVID can spread during minimally invasive surgery
Aug. 27, 2020—Physician-scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are investigating whether SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be spread through aerosolized emissions (microscopic droplets and particles) during minimally invasive surgery in children.
Trial to test nasal irrigation to treat COVID
Aug. 27, 2020—by Kelsey Herbers Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center are conducting a clinical trial to determine whether nasal saline irrigations can reduce viral shedding and symptoms in patients with COVID-19. Prior studies have shown that using simple, over-the-counter nasal saline irrigations can decrease viral shedding in upper respiratory infections — including other coronaviruses — helping...
VUMC establishes new residency training program for chaplains
Aug. 27, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established a new chaplain residency training program to provide quality education for developing chaplains and better support the spiritual needs of patients, their families and Medical Center employees.
Study uses AI to sort patient messages by complexity
Aug. 27, 2020—Taking an interest in electronic message threads between surgical patients and their health care teams, a research group at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has tested how well certain commonly used machine learning algorithms can classify such exchanges according to their clinical decision-making complexity.
Leverett named chief of Section of Breast Imaging
Aug. 27, 2020—Reagan Leverett, MD, MS, associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and medical director of Vanderbilt Breast Imaging Services, has been named chief of the Section of Breast Imaging, a position she previously held on an interim basis.
A reason to smile
Aug. 27, 2020—With large in-person gatherings and fundraising events on currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations are finding new ways to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Baby+Co lands Best Practice designation from ACNM
Aug. 27, 2020—In recognition of its commitment to safe and quality patient care, Baby+Co, a Vanderbilt Health facility, has received a “Triple Aim” Best Practice designation from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Vanderbilt-Ingram opens cancer center in Wilson County
Aug. 27, 2020—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Wilson County is slated to open Aug. 31 with a full array of highly specialized services, including diagnostic assessments, medical oncology and radiation oncology.
Chang named Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center chief surgical officer
Aug. 26, 2020—Sam Chang, MD, MBA, has been named chief surgical officer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), a new leadership position responsible for advancing excellence in surgical care in cancer patients, expanding service locations, maximizing resource efficiencies and maintaining high-quality standards among other duties.
Four heart transplants performed in whirlwind 48 hours
Aug. 26, 2020—The Vanderbilt Transplant Center’s cardiac surgeons transplanted four hearts in one 48-hour stretch in August, thanks to VUMC’s perfusion and organ recovery teams traveling more than 4,000 miles across the country to obtain the donor organs.
StrategyShare2020 organizers rollout video to promote virtual format
Aug. 26, 2020—Planning for StrategyShare2020 was well underway when the pandemic forced the organizers to come up with a new structure for the annual event which in the past had showcased novel ideas and initiatives from throughout the Medical Center campus in one cohesive event.