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Reporter Nov 5 2021

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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Harrison Society researcher discovers key regulator of kidney cell structure

Nov. 4, 2021—New research from Vanderbilt could aid efforts to promote kidney regeneration after injury or to develop engineered organs.

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VUMC named a NORD rare disorders center of excellence

Nov. 4, 2021—by Nancy Humphrey Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named a National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Center of Excellence, joining 31 medical centers as part of an innovative network seeking to expand access and advance care and research for rare disease patients in the United States. The Vanderbilt Undiagnosed Diseases Program (VUDP), which accepts...

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Koerkenmeier named VICC associate nursing officer

Nov. 4, 2021—  by Tom Wilemon Clint Koerkenmeier, MHS, RN, is the new associate nursing officer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) with the responsibility for supervising the ambulatory oncology nursing enterprise. He came to Vanderbilt from MD Anderson Cancer Center following the departure of his predecessor, Anna Rodriguez, MSN, MHA, RN, who is now chief nursing officer...

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Study examines long-term benefit of Two-Midnight Rule

Nov. 4, 2021—Vanderbilt research is raising new questions about the long-term benefit and value of the so-called Medicare “Two-Midnight Rule” implemented in 2013 to reduce costly and potentially unnecessary inpatient hospital admissions

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O’Connor lauded for contributions to PCD research, treatment

Nov. 4, 2021—  by Rachel Vitolo Michael O’Connor, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics, has received the Passion, Caring & Dedication (PCD) Award from the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation for his contributions to the PCD community. According to the organization, the award “demonstrates outstanding work in the education, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of PCD.” O’Connor is...

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Lecture explores disease that causes windpipe narrowing

Nov. 4, 2021—Vanderbilt's Alexander Gelbard, MD, recently detailed the research he and his team completed to better understand idiopathic subglottic stenosis, a rare disease that causes narrowing of the windpipe.

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Miller, Wright land top biomedical informatics awards

Nov. 4, 2021—  by Mia Garcitorena Vanderbilt biomedical informatics leaders Randolph Miller, MD, and Adam Wright, PhD, received major awards at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in San Diego on Oct. 30. Miller, who is professor of Biomedical Informatics, emeritus, received the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence in Medical Informatics, which is internationally...

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Leadership Assembly takeaways: Speaking up makes a difference

Nov. 4, 2021—The importance of supporting Vanderbilt University Medical Center's workforce is highlighted in this quarter’s Leadership Assembly theme, “Speaking Up, Lifting Up,” which is focused on strategies to amplify well-being.

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COVID testing recommended for flu-like symptoms

Nov. 3, 2021—Vanderbilt physicians recommend COVID testing for people who think they may have the flu because the symptoms for both infections overlap.

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Allied health eyes new programs, expanded classes

Nov. 3, 2021—  by Kylie Avery As health care shortages are occurring nationally, the Center for Programs in Allied Health (CPiAH)  at VUMC  is on a mission to create greater opportunities for people to serve and grow in health care to meet the needs of the industry. Allied health encompasses health care specialists who represent nearly 60%...

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New Clinician Spotlight: Catherine Phillips

Nov. 3, 2021—  Catherine Phillips, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She began seeing patients in July. “We are thrilled to recruit Dr. Phillips back to Vanderbilt from her role as chief of Ultrasound at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D....

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