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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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Employee Spotlight

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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Employee Spotlight

Patients’ stories motivate Lizzie Simonds, the only paramedic working in VUMC’s COVID unit

By Wayne Wood

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."

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Credo Award Winner

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.

By Paul Govern

“He is truly the most positive person and a real example of the Credo.”

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