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Employee Spotlight

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician puts knowledge to work in figure competitions

By Tom Wilemon

Simone Maybin, M.D., looks almost petite in her white coat, but this medical resident at Vanderbilt’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program is actually ripped with muscle.

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VUMC in the Community

Daughter follows mother into nursing through VUMC Nursing Explorer program

By Matt Batcheldor

Reed Sparta, a senior in high school, is a current member of VUMC's Nursing Explorer program; she was inspired by her mom Elizabeth Sparta, R.N., who works in VUMC's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Unsung hero

Hidden Figure

By Wayne Wood

In 1964, with little fanfare, Harold Jordan, M.D., became the first African-American resident physician at Vanderbilt. Looking back to that time, he recalls the support of his colleagues and the challenges he faced.

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Employee Spotlight

Colonoscopy confidential

By Wayne Wood

Ellen Williams, R.N., is a patient’s best friend in the GI Endoscopy Lab, even if most patients won’t remember most of what she does.

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Curious VUMC

How does the Employee Hardship Fund work?

By Tom Wilemon

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund is experiencing increased demands for financial assistance at a time when few employees are regularly contributing.

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Patient Spotlight

Lauren Fields is legally blind. This fall she starts college on a basketball scholarship.

By Jessica Pasley

In the fourth grade Lauren Fields was introduced to basketball. She did not like it one bit, she admits. But all of that changed over time.

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Employee Spotlight

All over the Medical Center, and all over the world

By Matt Batcheldor

When Debby Booth started college in the early 1970s, she didn’t want to be a nurse. That was something her older sister did.

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Carolyn Lovelace Life Questions

The world beyond work: Carolyn Lovelace

By Wayne Wood

The world beyond work: a childhood in a funeral home and road trips with her husband on a Harley.

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Tales of VUMC Past

The day I rode in Johnny Cash’s car

By Wayne Wood

Memories from the day when Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash came to open a new unit at VUMC.

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