The VCCC opened its doors 25 years ago when AIDS was fatal and hope was rare. Today the clinic serves thousands of patients and is an international model in the treatment of people with HIV.
A conversation with the 41-year veteran nurse upon her retirement.
VUMC gastroenterologist Terence "T.A." Smith wanted to help an Iraqi colleague at a small clinic. Vanderbilt donors responded with dozens of boxes of books.
The "proud Vanderbilt nurse's" life's work, and her passion, are the patients and the employees of MICU.
“She was really sweet and 34 years later, she’s still just as sweet,” Bill says. “It was meant to be,” Genie adds.
Jade Forlidas started at Vanderbilt as a nursing student in 1969; after a storied career, she has retired — but her daughter carries on as a LifeFlight nurse