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Author: Nancy Humphrey

Credo Award Winner

From organizing ugly sweater parties to serving as a guide for new international students, Jennifer Craker does it all.

By Nancy Humphrey

“I’ve worked in four institutions with a ton of people in a role like hers, and I’ve never encountered anyone even close to her caliber.”

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Employee Spotlight

As Frank Rummo died of COVID-19, his family gathered to tell him they loved him — through an iPad and the touch of his nurse, Maddie Hayes.

By Nancy Humphrey

“If his family had been there, they would have wanted to hold and touch his hand and rub his head, so that’s what I did"

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Health, yes

When can we get together with family and friends? Maybe soon, but not yet, says VUMC expert.

By Nancy Humphrey

But for now – keep staying at home and helping to flatten the curve.

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Employee Spotlight

Days after her house was damaged by a tornado, VUMC nurse Shakeya Bean volunteered to work at a COVID assessment site

By Nancy Humphrey

It's been an interesting few weeks

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Elevate Team Award

The NICU Interdisciplinary Mock Code Work Group knows every second counts in a code response to save critically ill patients’ lives.

By Nancy Humphrey

The work group, which calls a mock code twice a month to give team members as much practice as possible, has managed to cut the response time to a code in half, from about 143 seconds to 77 seconds.

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Credo Award Winner

Leslie Reese helps patients living with HIV navigate life. From arranging appointments and transportation to educating patients on medicines, there’s ‘truly no problem she can’t solve.’

By Nancy Humphrey

"No matter how difficult the task may be, Leslie finds a way to make someone’s life better."

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Employee Spotlight

He’s a dentist. He plays hockey. He is VERY careful about his teeth.

By Nancy Humphrey

Tyler Ames, DMD, has seen the worst of what a hockey puck or stick can do to the mouth. He loves hitting the ice anyway with his team the Gravediggers.

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Credo Award Winner

Nicholas Blackmon creates casts to help children heal. He just received a Credo Award for his dedication, positivity and work ethic.

By Nancy Humphrey

“Nick always says, ‘it will be OK,’ and ‘we got this.’"

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VUMC in the Community

A wreck on the highway with a bleeding man, a pregnant woman and a small child. VUMC’s Chris Hare stopped to help.

By Nancy Humphrey

A routine afternoon commute changed in an instant

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