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Author: Jill Clendening

Patient Spotlight

Multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, and 50 marathons: Aaron Hawkins about to reach amazing milestone

By Jill Clendening

"He has been a blessing and role model for so many," his doctor Jonathan Nesbitt says.

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Elevate Team Award

Uncharted days of the COVID-19 pandemic strengthen the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program team.

By Jill Clendening

“There’s something about having a band of brothers, where you’re all focused on the same thing, and your noses are all pointed in the same direction."

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Five Pillar Leader Award

Chad Fitzgerald experienced the pandemic from unique vantage point

By Jill Clendening

"His steady voice and hand has modulated the emotional ups and downs each of us has experienced."

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Patient Spotlight

Meredith Watson is pursuing a career as a “professional nose.” Surgery at VUMC sharpened her sense of smell.

By Jill Clendening

"I literally could feel air in parts of my nose where I’d never felt it before.”

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VUMC in the Community

VUMC employees partner with community agency to provide Thanksgiving meals

By Jill Clendening

The boxes were packed full of ingredients for side dishes, and recipients were also given a plump turkey ready for roasting

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First person

I was a volunteer shower-taker for Emergency Preparedness. I came away impressed — and very clean.

By Jill Clendening

A drill tests how well the Medical Center would be able to respond during an actual disaster, and serves as response training for VUMC personnel.

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Credo Award Winner

When VUMC’s COVID-19 unit opened, Leslie Thompson eagerly stepped up to work there. She’d do it again in a heartbeat.

By Jill Clendening

“Someone had to go clean those rooms up, and I’m happy to do whatever I’m asked to do. It comes with the job. I just wanted to help out and be a team player.”

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Employee Spotlight

The whitewater trip was a disaster. It motivated Renée Garside to become an expert kayaker.

By Jill Clendening

There’s no doubt she loves it, especially when she says things like: “I just love it, love it, love it.”

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Credo Award Winner

Chris Terry gets satisfaction from solving patients’ barriers to care long before they become real problems

By Jill Clendening

“Chris’s dedication not only kept the patient from having a potentially bad outcome, but also demonstrates the type of customer service our patients should expect from VUMC.”

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