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Employee Spotlight

Schuyler Clayton battled a decade of opioid addiction. Now a recovery coach, he serves as a beacon of hope amid a nationwide epidemic.

By Kelsey Herbers

“Our patients live with a disease they don’t get help for out of fear of blame. It’s important for me to say, ‘I’m living with the same thing, and I’m not ashamed.’”

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Employee Spotlight

A friend said, “Want to climb Kilimanjaro?” Soha Patel said, “Sure!”

By Kelsey Herbers

Months of hard training. Seven days of climbing. Severe oxygen deprivation. But the view was worth it.

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Employee Spotlight

He’s a dentist. He plays hockey. He is VERY careful about his teeth.

By Nancy Humphrey

Tyler Ames, DMD, has seen the worst of what a hockey puck or stick can do to the mouth. He loves hitting the ice anyway with his team the Gravediggers.

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Tales of VUMC Past

The elusive Nobel Prize winner

By Wayne Wood

Stanley Cohen wanted to be left alone to do his research. I wanted to interview him for a radio show. Amazingly, he said yes.

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VUMC in the Community

A Children’s Hospital doctor and two female football trailblazers went to the NFL Flag Championships with a message of empowerment for girls

By Jessica Pasley

“Being on a team is a way to build leadership skills. We all highlighted the importance of teaching the girls about their value."

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Employee Spotlight

Innovative Project SEARCH provides good jobs for participants, great employees for VUMC

By Jessica Pasley

The program focuses on training young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for jobs in health care

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Health, yes

Children’s Hospital warns about the danger of unsecured TVs tipping over and hurting children

By Jessica Pasley

“During the excitement and distractions of an exciting game or a noisy gathering, it is easy for a quick-moving child to pull over an unsecured television.”

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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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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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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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