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Elevate Team Award

Office of Outpatient Referral Assistance wins Elevate Team Award

By Kathy Whitney

“They always go above and beyond to help me with getting approval or redirecting patients. No matter how busy they are, they are willing to stop and help me.”

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Patient Spotlight

Patients and families benefit from new activity book — and the volunteer who brings it

By Kelsey Herbers

Puzzles, mazes, coloring pages and other fun help pass the time

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Employee Spotlight

Martin Luther King Jr. Day begins with spirituals, calls for unity, Churchwell solo on “Abraham, Martin and John”

By Wayne Wood

Featured speaker Jeffrey Upperman, MD, recalls lessons of his parents and urges "pick big problems to attack."

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Credo Award Winner

Chris Turner wants to help patients recover and smile, even if that means sharing stories about the time he dressed up as The Incredible Hulk

By Paul Govern

“I love putting smiles on people’s faces when they don’t have a lot to smile about."

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Health, yes

Home with a cold or the flu? It’s OK to snuggle with your pet, infectious disease doctor says.

By Wayne Wood

Dogs and cats can't catch or spread human disease and "are a comfort, not a hazard"

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Patient Spotlight

Five surgeries in nine days. A month in intensive care. An amazing recovery.

By Matt Batcheldor

Kyle Mullicane's is the only medical story you will read today that features a hallucination taking place in a Vegas steakhouse.

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DAISY Award

Fourth quarter DAISY Awards honor four extraordinary nurses

By Matt Batcheldor

DAISY Awards are given to great nurses all over the United States and in many other countries. This is Vanderbilt's latest group.

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Health, yes

The little boy thought the pretty colors were candy. 23 magnetic beads had to be surgically removed from his body.

By Jessica Pasley

Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt warn parents that such cases are becoming more common. “I feel like we owe it to others to let them know about the possible dangers,” Caiden's dad says.

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Credo Award Winner

Chris Pua’s behind-the-scenes work brings him into spotlight

By Leigh MacMillan

He hopes the software applications and systems he and his team develop work so well that users don’t even notice them.

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Patient Spotlight

Last New Year’s Day, Gregory Tidwell was in a coma. At the beginning of 2020, he is doing much better

By Kelsey Herbers

“It has made me ecstatically happy to watch him get better,” his mom said.

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