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Author: Christina Echegaray

Patient Spotlight

Children’s Hospital saved his life 28 years ago. Now Daniel Cook is helping build its expansion.

By Christina Echegaray

The construction project manager looked up his medical records so he could find and thank those who cared for him after a devastating injury when he was 11

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Employee Spotlight

“You don’t need to be afraid.” A 10-year-old’s words of comfort to an adult facing surgery.

By Christina Echegaray

Leslie McDaniel had never had surgery in her life and was apprehensive. Bethany Lafata, 10, is already an expert at preparing for surgery, so she shared encouragement and advice.

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Curious VUMC

Is there a labyrinth at VUMC – I mean besides Medical Center North?

By Christina Echegaray

A place to walk, think, meditate, pray and let go

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Elevate Team Award

Children’s Hospital PACU Prescription Workflow Team improves patient experience, wins Elevate Team Award

By Christina Echegaray

A combination of "incredible service and safer medication delivery"

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Employee Spotlight

Dads of the Medical Center

By Christina Echegaray

When it comes to finding a great place to work, father knows best

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Employee Spotlight

“The most famous nurse in the world” looks back on the video of her singing to a patient — and tells the story behind it

By Christina Echegaray

Olivia Neufelder sang from her heart to her dying patient, and millions of people all over the world shared the video. Here's the story behind the song, and what the 24-year-old Vanderbilt nurse's reaction has been to her fame.

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Credo Award Winner

Former DJ Kelvin Jones stays in the groove making sure clinicians and patients have the supplies they need

By Christina Echegaray

As a lead supply technician for VUMC, Jones knows the work his 15-member team performs daily is vital to support doctors and nurses capabilities to carry out procedures.

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Five Pillar Leader Award

Sarah Moore, director of Radiology Services, hailed as exceptional leader

By Christina Echegaray

“We provide excellence in healthcare, research and education. We treat others as we wish to be treated. We continuously evaluate and improve our performance.”

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Elevate Team Award

Flulapalooza Team wins Elevate Team Award

By Christina Echegaray

“We provide excellence in healthcare, research and education. We treat others as we wish to be treated. We continuously evaluate and improve our performance.” 

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