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Reporter May 2 2014

Debit cards to be issued for patient refunds

May. 1, 2014—Beginning in May, Vanderbilt University Medical Center patients who are owed refunds of $200 or less will receive prepaid debit cards by mail instead of paper checks. The switch to debit cards will give patients easier access to their refunds and an escape from check-cashing fees that banks may impose. More than 90 percent of...

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Cutting-edge research to be showcased in May

May. 1, 2014—Potentially “game-changing” research at Vanderbilt University on infectious diseases, population health and health policy will be showcased during two interactive presentations May 15 and May 22. A segment of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series, the new “Vanderbilt Cutting-edge Discovery” discussions are highlights of recent presentations to the Vanderbilt Biomedical Science Advisory Board, a group of...

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Chestnut named head of Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology

May. 1, 2014—David Chestnut, M.D., has been named chief of Vanderbilt’s Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology. Chestnut comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he served as professor of Anesthesiology and associate dean of the Western Academic Campus. He also served as the Edwin L. Overholt Director of Medical Education...

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Number of neurointensivists grows nationally and at VUMC

May. 1, 2014—After eight Department of Anesthesiology faculty members recently passed neurocritical care board exams offered by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) now boasts one of the largest contingents of practicing neurointensivists in the United States. A neurointensivist is a physician who cares for patients in the Neurological ICU. The neurointensivist...

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Diamond elected to executive AAP committee

May. 1, 2014—Alex Diamond, D.O., MPH, has been elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. The 11-member Executive Committee is a panel of sports medicine experts tasked with developing educational programs, policy statements and reports related to youth sports and fitness. The Council...

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Photo: Head and neck cancer screening

May. 1, 2014—Sarah Rohde, M.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology, examines Steve Corbitt for signs of head and neck cancer. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology held the annual head and neck cancer screening event April 25. During the free and fast exams, physicians inspect the mouth and throat and check the neck for abnormalities...

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Photo: NICU visit

May. 1, 2014—Michael Botticelli, right, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, spent Monday afternoon at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, touring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit led by Stephen Patrick, M.D., MPH, MS, assistant professor of Pediatrics. The tour was followed by a group discussion with Vanderbilt doctors,...

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Photo: Discovery Lecture

May. 1, 2014—Sally Shaywitz, M.D., above, and Bennett Shaywitz, M.D., co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, discussed the science of dyslexia during their Flexner Discovery Lecture April 17. (Photos by Susan Urmy)

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Vanderbilt pediatricians call for a tracking system for babies not getting vitamin K shot

May. 1, 2014—Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have seen a rise in late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding in young infants due to parents declining the shot at birth. Over eight months, Vanderbilt physicians saw and diagnosed seven infants, ages 7 weeks to 20 weeks, with vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), formerly known as...

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Photo: Volunteer spirit

May. 1, 2014—Sara Puryear (left) and Hannah Huth (right), nominated by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Friends of Children’s Hospital, were named finalists in the Youth Category for the 2014 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award, presented last month. (photo by Joe Howell)

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VUH receives top safety score from Leapfrog Group

Apr. 29, 2014—Vanderbilt University Hospital recently earned a Spring 2014 patient safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage that works to encourage health care safety, quality and affordability. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital data to produce a single score...

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Prominent scientist, respected administrator Susan Wente named Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

Apr. 28, 2014—After an extensive national search, Susan R. Wente has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced today.

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