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Author: Tavia Smith

Health, yes

Give thanks, eat up, and be safe

By Tavia Smith

The last thing anybody wants is to be sick during the holidays. Serving and keeping food safely helps keep everybody healthy.

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VUMC in the Community

School teachers needed supplies. VUMC employees stepped up.

By Tavia Smith

About 300 employees made donations and filled multiple LP PENCIL Box yellow bins with paper, pencils, crayons and other supplies

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Employee Spotlight

Andie Perona, part of the VUMC transplant team, receives double organ transplant

By Tavia Smith

The transplant team surgical technician found herself on the other side of the table as a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient. It transformed her life.

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Credo Award Winner

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

By Tavia Smith

“She is the most awesome God-sent person — she filled my heart. I had a hole in it and Janet filled it."

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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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