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Author: Jill Clendening

Initiative stresses importance of advance directives

Apr. 12, 2018—While many might prefer to not think about dying, healthcare professionals throughout the United States are encouraging patients and their families to do just that during a national awareness campaign April 16-22 that promotes the importance of completing an advance directive for healthcare.

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Griffin joins VUMC as Vice President of Patient Access Services

Apr. 5, 2018—Lisa Griffin has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as Vice President of Patient Access Services.

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Peek named to serve on NIDDK Advisory Council

Mar. 15, 2018—Richard Peek, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center (VDDRC) and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been appointed to serve on the advisory council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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Stallworth’s Johns draws on broad background

Mar. 8, 2018—As a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Jeff Johns, MD, spotted someone practicing for cheerleader tryouts. Although he had never once tumbled in gymnastics or participated in cheerleading before, Johns asked her to teach him some basics.

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Netolicky named Vice President of Clinical Department Finance

Feb. 26, 2018—Thomas Netolicky, CPA, MAc, has been named Vice President of Clinical Department Finance for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Collaborative’s data help improve hernia surgeries

Feb. 15, 2018—There have long been more questions than answers when it comes to abdominal hernia repair surgeries, but now, thanks to a database full of information supplied by both surgeons and patients, those answers are coming to light and driving nationwide improvements.

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Study explores best pre-transplant weight loss options

Feb. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers are comparing two types of weight-loss options to determine which is the most effective in helping obese patients reach a more ideal weight before undergoing kidney transplant surgery.

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Great Saves event reunites thankful patients, caregivers

Jan. 11, 2018—Although he was in a deep coma, Fort Campbell soldier Marshal Castillo is convinced that hearing nurses speaking his name, feeling them touching him and explaining their daily care routines was what kept him tethered, clinging to life in the intensive care unit so he could continue healing.

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Program ensures continuity of care for complex patients

Jan. 4, 2018—Lou Ann Owens had lost count of how many times her husband Paul had been hospitalized by mid-2017, so when a team from the Vanderbilt Familiar Faces (VFF) program visited his room in August with an idea that might reduce his hospital stays and better manage his health, the couple immediately agreed to participate.

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Surgical group works to expand heartburn treatment options

Dec. 19, 2017—For three years, 79-year-old Jerry Mock didn’t fully enjoy family vacations or gatherings with friends because his gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) was so debilitating that eating even a bite of food after 1 p.m. guaranteed he’d have intense burning pain in his throat and chest that night.

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Telemedicine simplifies gestational diabetes treatment

Dec. 7, 2017—When 32-year-old Dana Shaw was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during her pregnancy with her first child, she was happy to learn she could meet with a physician about the condition through video conferencing rather than taking time off from work for an appointment.

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Vanderbilt receives national designation for excellence in infection prevention

Dec. 5, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is the first health system in the nation to receive the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Program of Distinction designation, an acknowledgement of excellence for infection prevention and control programs that meet stringent standards established by the association.

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