Thomas Akins recognized for his compassionate spirit in the Emergency Department
Thomas Akins was named winner of the Patient and Family Choice Award.
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.
A lot of people worked to save her life and help her recover. Thanks to them, Karen Pinkard is back at work.
Patients’ stories motivate Lizzie Simonds, the only paramedic working in VUMC’s COVID unit
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."
After a tornado tore through Thomas Akins’s home in an overnight storm, he was only worried about one thing: getting to work to serve patients and families.
“He is truly the most positive person and a real example of the Credo.”