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Pies in the face mark the end of the first round of blood donation challenge. Your donation may determine who gets the next pie.

By Wayne Wood

Shon Dwyer smooshed a pie into the face of Tom Nantais. Mary Pawlikowski smooshed a pie into the face of Meg Rush. Who's next?

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Collection of “Star Wars” Legos makes sure the force stays with child psychiatrist Yasas Tanguturi

By Jessica Pasley

Why are they at his office? "One, I ran out of space, and two, my wife doesn’t want them at home.”

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Music therapy comes to Palliative Care Unit

By Emily Stembridge

“Music opens many new perspectives and pathways that patients otherwise would not have."

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Even on a Zoom call, Christi Gray’s friend Erica Luhrs could tell she was sick. After life-saving treatment, Gray returned to SICU to thank the people who cared for her.

By Matt Batcheldor

A week in intensive care later, Gray is back at work and doing well. Her message: Listen to your body and practice self-care.

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Not taking her medications could have cost a patient her life. A new Transplant Pharmacy program found her in the nick of time.

By Emily Stembridge

Transplant Pharmacy uses a new computer program to find patients who need medication reminders

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Health Policy’s Sheelah Blankenship’s family named “Ultimate Host Family” by cultural exchange agency

By Nancy Humphrey

The program, overseen by the U.S. State Department, allows young adults from other countries to live with an American family as an au pair

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Above and beyond to fight the pandemic: Blood Bank director Jennifer Andrews, husband, Chris, and daughter Ella each were volunteers in VUMC vaccine research.

By Kristin Smart

“I needed to help the situation in any way possible. I felt really lucky to be included in the clinical trial,” Andrews said.

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Donna Atherton and Karen Pinkard are nurses who have worked together for years. The day Karen’s heart stopped at work, Donna was there to save her life.

By Tom Wilemon

A lot of people worked to save her life and help her recover. Thanks to them, Karen Pinkard is back at work.

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Eighteen years ago Kanisha Sizemore got a new kidney and pancreas. With her job in the Transplant Pharmacy she gives patients hope and perspective.

By Matt Batcheldor

“Being a transplant recipient is a blessing, but it is also life changing in several ways."

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