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Compassion, advocacy for patients with visual impairment put Eye Institute employee Janet Lemonis in the spotlight

By Tavia Smith

Photo by Susan Urmy Janet Lemonis goes above and beyond to accommodate and advocate for…

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Patient Spotlight

A year ago Sophie almost drowned in a pond. She came back to Children’s Hospital to thank those who saved her life.

By Tavia Smith

When Sophie’s mother asked her what she wanted to say to everybody, she happily chirped, “Thank you for saving my life.”

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Health, yes

Vanderbilt doctors urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks

By Tavia Smith

“The burns and injuries that result from improper use of fireworks are often devastating and life-altering.”

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Patient Spotlight

Joshua went looking for a new kidney to save his life. He found a “sister,” too.

By Tavia Smith

“A brighter future is around the corner and I’m so grateful for Renee. I truly love her like my sister and I’ve always wanted a sister.”

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Patient Spotlight

Father of Waffle House shooting victim describes daughter’s struggle, family’s pain

By Tavia Smith

Tia Waggoner works day-by-day to rebuild her life

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Patient Spotlight

Newborn Nursery home to Preds’ youngest fans

By Tavia Smith

Tiny babies dreaming of Lord Stanley's Cup.

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First person

I went for a walk at lunchtime and was hit by a car. Here’s what I want drivers and pedestrians to know to protect others.

By Tavia Smith

I became vaguely aware of the sound of sirens in the distance. I soon realized the sirens were coming for me.

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Employee Spotlight

Bill and Genie met at VUMC in 1983. The proposal was at Kroger. A wedding ring fell over a cliff. They are still in love.

By Tavia Smith

“She was really sweet and 34 years later, she’s still just as sweet,” Bill says. “It was meant to be,” Genie adds.

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Health, yes

Garage safety: cleaning out and knowing the risks

By Tavia Smith

The Tennessee Poison Center warns homeowners that the garage can be a resting place for many toxins, chemicals and potential hazards.

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