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Employee Spotlight

COVID unit nurse speaks from the heart about the impact of the disease and the importance of masking

By Matt Batcheldor

At the mayor’s press conference Cody Hamilton told of the toll COVID takes on those who have the disease, and those who care for them

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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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Employee Spotlight

Years ago Neil Stinson trained to care for Ebola patients. Now he is on the front lines of COVID.

By Wayne Wood

“A bunch of us came from different ICU environments. We became a tight team, a great team, that came together very quickly.”

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Health, yes

Here’s your “How to wear a mask” guide from an infectious disease specialist

By Jessica Pasley

A reminder for regular mask-wearers and a primer for masking novices

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Patient Spotlight

Heart to heart

By Matt Batcheldor

This teacher got a life-saving heart transplant. So did her student. What are the odds?

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