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VUMC in the Community

Tri My Best Triathlon brings fun and friendship to competition

By Jessica Pasley

The race pairs a child with a disability with a peer buddy to complete the race together

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Credo Award Winner

Jennifer Emery is used to celebrating patients’ successes in physical therapy. This time, she’s the one being celebrated as a Credo Award winner.

By Leigh MacMillan

“It’s such an honor. You work hard every single day and live by the Credo behaviors — to be recognized for that feels really good.”

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Credo Award Winner

Kristen Kerkhove aims to ease the transition home for palliative care patients

By Nancy Humphrey

“My goal is to make sure our patients have everything they need when they leave the hospital so they can spend their time focusing on what’s important to them.”

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Patient and Family Choice Award

Thomas Akins recognized for his compassionate spirit in the Emergency Department

By Jill Clendening

Thomas Akins was named winner of the Patient and Family Choice Award.

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Health, yes

Don’t leave them even for a minute — keep children from dying in a hot car

By Jessica Pasley

Every year dozens of children die of heatstroke after being left, often accidentally, in a hot car

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Employee Spotlight

Kathleen Gallagher is a surgical resident and former combat medic. She traveled to Ukraine to help train emergency response teams.

By Nancy Humphrey

"With my background in combat medicine, it felt like there was something I could actually do to help.”

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Employee Spotlight

“Dr. Boehm, I believe you are my biological father.” A new son, a new daughter, and the letter that brought more love into a family.

By Wayne Wood

Frank Boehm was settling into retirement when things changed: “I once had three children and nine grandchildren. Now, I have five children and 11 grandchildren."

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Elevate Team Award

The Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Clinics team makes COVID-19 health care personal

By Bill Snyder

“I don’t know that you get any more personal than giving somebody back their life.”

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Patient and Family Choice Award

Donna Butler-Rawson always greets patients with a smile and reassurance — especially important in her role in the electroconvulsive therapy program

By Emily Stembridge

Butler-Rawson earns inaugural Patient and Family Choice Award for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

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Employee Spotlight

Sister surgeons share a winding road that led to VUMC

By Jill Clendening

From Canada to Florida to VUMC, the "Gillaspie Girls" are building careers after "falling in love with surgery."

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