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Author: Wayne Wood

VUMC in the Community

VUMC nurse Shakeya Bean featured in national public service announcement about COVID vaccines

By Wayne Wood

She sees patients who are struggling after a COVID infection. "It doesn't have to be this way," she said.

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Employee Spotlight

More than 10,000 ice cream treats served during 2021 VUMC Chill Out

By Wayne Wood

I scream, you scream, etc.

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Employee Spotlight

The nurse was afraid her patient would die. She wrote her experience in a story that was shared by NPR.

By Wayne Wood

Sue Perron, a Vanderbilt intensive care nurse, told the story of the patient with COVID she called the Butterfly Man

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VUMC in the Community

Brad Paisley stars in new VUMC public service announcement urging people to “take the shot”

By Wayne Wood

A simple message that can save lives and help life get back to normal

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In memoriam

Melvin Fitzgerald, longtime Biochemistry employee, dies at 84

By Wayne Wood

Mr. Fitzgerald, who retired in 2013 after more than 55 years, was a Commodore Award and Martin Luther King Jr. Award winner.

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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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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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Weather Report

Winter storm brings snowy vistas to VUMC

By Wayne Wood

Photographs by Donn Jones

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Employee Spotlight

Patients’ stories motivate Lizzie Simonds, the only paramedic working in VUMC’s COVID unit

By Wayne Wood

She remembers one man who was scared and couldn't rest: “I spent 45 minutes…sitting next to him, holding his hand so he felt safe enough to try to sleep for a little bit."

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