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Tales of VUMC Past

Harold Jordan, VUMC’s first Black resident, arrived on campus 56 years ago. He looks back on a very different time at the Medical Center.

By Wayne Wood

The pioneering physician recalls the summer of 1964, the support of his colleagues and the challenges he faced

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DAISY Award

First quarter DAISY Awards honor three extraordinary nurses

By Matt Batcheldor

DAISY Awards are given to great nurses all over the United States and in many other countries. This is Vanderbilt's latest group.

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Employee Spotlight

Scenes from the pandemic, collection three: glimpses into life during COVID-19 at Vanderbilt

By Wayne Wood

As Vanderbilt continues to care for COVID-19 patients, other care, including clinic visits and elective surgeries, begin again.

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Employee Spotlight

Portraits of COVID nurses, by COVID nurses

By Wayne Wood

"I am so lucky to work every day with such an amazing group of people."

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VUMC in the Community

They were married during the pandemic. They directed their wedding gifts to feed health care workers.

By Wayne Wood

Heather and Lewis Burwell's wedding didn't turn out like they planned. But they found a way to share their celebration with the community.

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VUMC in the Community

Turning lemons into lemonade: Second grader raises money to help fight COVID-19

By Kelsey Herbers

“I think she understands that things have been taken away from those who are in the hospital just as she has had things taken away from her.”

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Employee Spotlight

As an ICU doctor, Geoffrey Fleming cared for many children who were dying. Now facing death himself, he applies the wisdom he learned from those children.

By Kelsey Herbers

“Sometimes as providers, all we have to do is be brave and ask ourselves, ‘Is this about me, or is this about the patient?’”

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VUMC in the Community

Grateful kidney transplant patient donates masks to VUMC

By Jessica Pasley

“I was really excited to have the opportunity to do something for those who had done so much for me."

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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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Patient Spotlight

She wanted a baby for so long, and then he needed lifesaving surgery. A healthy child is Maira Hernandez’s Mother’s Day gift.

By Kelsey Herbers

“I want him to have a bright future, and I thank God for putting Michele in my path so my baby can have that.”

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