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Patient Spotlight

Afternoon with a big leaguer

By Wayne Wood

In 1985, former Negro leagues pitcher Frank McAllister was a patient at Vanderbilt Hospital and spent some time talking baseball with VUMC fans. Now the official records acknowledge what has been true all along: he was a big leaguer.

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Employee Spotlight

A young doctor wrote of a life-or-death moment caring for a patient. The New England Journal of Medicine published it as a graphic novel.

By Emily Stembridge

A terrifying tale from her first weekend on call.

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VUMC in the Community

The inside story behind the Hillsboro Village “Hope” mural: a brother’s love and a message for Children’s Hospital

By Christina Echegaray

Lance Gregory wanted the message to be visible from the windows of Children's Hospital — in memory of his brother Cory

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DAISY Award

First quarter 2021 DAISY Awards honor extraordinary nurses

By Matt Batcheldor

DAISY Awards are given to great nurses all over the United States and in many other countries

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Employee Spotlight

Goats galore are the ultimate stress reliever for lab manager Kris Ellis

By Jill Clendening

She loves her job at VUMC, but it can be stressful. She gets home from work, heads to the barn, and the stress melts away.

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Employee Spotlight

VUMC scientist Edie Sannella celebrates 90th birthday, puts in full day in virology lab

By Jessica Pasley

“I don’t feel 90. And people say they don’t think that I am 90. So, I think I must be doing OK.”

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Five Pillar Leader Award

Kim Isenberg stepped up to help guide Children’s Hospital through the worst days of the pandemic

By Nancy Humphrey

The Five Pillar Leader Award winner honored for her “outstanding and continuous leadership.”

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Credo Award Winner

Laresa Jackson’s coworkers are so sorry she won a Credo Award. (Not really)

By Jessica Pasley

Public recognition is not her thing. But she’s always reminding her staff of the difference they make.

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Patient Spotlight

Tears of joy, tears of sorrow — College sweethearts, a COVID unit wedding, and a love story that ended too soon

By Wayne Wood

The inside story of how VUMC's COVID unit staff pulled together to arrange a wedding, and a reminder that not every love story has a happy ending

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Elevate Team Award

Infection Prevention team likens pandemic to an ultramarathon

By Jill Clendening

“We always say that infection prevention is everyone’s business, and the pandemic reflects that."

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