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Reporter Feb 22 2013

Structural snapshot hints at new influenza approach

Feb. 21, 2013—A careful look at how the body’s natural defenses disarm virulent strains of influenza hints at the possibility of a way to fight the flu.

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Middleton named VU Health System informatics chief

Feb. 21, 2013—Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., corporate director of clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare in Boston, will join Vanderbilt later this month in the role of assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Health System. He succeeds John Doulis, M.D.

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Patient & Family Promise to be introduced next week

Feb. 21, 2013—The Patient & Family Promise will be rolled out to the public next week.

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Series of events explore brain disorders, neuroscience research

Feb. 21, 2013—“Brain Blast,” a half-day of free, hands-on activities for children and adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

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Patient and Safety Scholarship program inaugurates first class

Feb. 21, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy has named its inaugural class of 34 scholarship recipients to participate in the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety’s (CBPPS) certification program.

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Photo: Nursing job fair

Feb. 21, 2013—At last week’s pediatric nursing job fair at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, newly employed Penny Marmito, right, looks on as Stephanie Abbu, MSN, R.N., second from right, hands off Marmito’s paperwork to Talent Acquisition’s Ellen Sewell, left, and Sandra Winfield. Marmito was offered and accepted a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nursing...

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Event offers smokers free quitting lessons, screening information

Feb. 21, 2013—Smokers who want assistance to help them kick the habit are invited to a free counseling session with a “quit-smoking” adviser, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, first floor conference room.

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Churchwell named to lead new cardiovascular fellows society

Feb. 21, 2013—André Churchwell, M.D., associate dean of Diversity and associate professor of Medicine, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, was named the first president of a newly formed cardiovascular fellows society by his alma mater, Emory University School of Medicine, where he completed his graduate medical education.

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Dress in Blue Day to raise colon cancer awareness

Feb. 21, 2013—“Nashville Elvis” will be in the building at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, Friday, March 1, to celebrate colon cancer awareness.

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Child-designed art sought for next Holiday Project

Feb. 21, 2013—The Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Holiday Project saw another banner year, raising $75,000 in 2012 for the hospital.

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VU experts help craft AMA paper on safe transitions for patients

Feb. 21, 2013—“There and Home Again, Safely: 5 Responsibilities of Ambulatory Practices in High Quality Care Transitions,” a new white paper from the American Medical Association (AMA), is the work of a 19-member expert panel that included two Vanderbilt faculty members — Sunil Kripalani, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of Medicine, and Amanda Salanitro M.D., MS, MSPH, instructor in Medicine, both from the section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health.

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Photo: Heart Institute Town Hall

Feb. 21, 2013—Keith Churchwell, M.D., executive director and chief medical officer of Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, addressed his colleagues on Valentine’s Day at the quarterly Town Hall. Patient visits to Vanderbilt Heart’s main campus clinic are projected to be on budget for the fiscal year at 130,000, he reported.

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