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Author: John Howser

Telemedicine initiative to serve Kentucky schools

Oct. 5, 2017—In a first-of-its-kind collaboration for both parties, schools in Allen County, Kentucky, are joining with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt so sick children can receive a more comprehensive array of health care services while attending school through virtual visits with Vanderbilt clinicians.

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Chren named inaugural chair of Department of Dermatology

Sep. 29, 2017—As Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Division of Dermatology transitions from a division within the Department of Medicine to become the Medical Center’s newest clinical department, Mary-Margaret “Meg” Chren, M.D., professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been named to serve as the department’s inaugural chair. She will join the faculty in January 2018.

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Expanded health plan benefits, salary range changes ahead

Sep. 28, 2017—For 2018, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employee health plan will offer an array of insurance options and new wellness services.

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Lance joins VUMC as Executive Vice President for Vanderbilt Health Professional Solutions

Sep. 7, 2017—Fletcher Lance, MBA, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as Executive Vice President for Vanderbilt Health Professional Solutions.

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Dill to lead new VUMC Office of Engagement

Aug. 8, 2017—Stuart Dill, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) entertainment industry liaison since 2015, has been named director of the newly created Office of Engagement.

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VUMC to operate retail clinics in Walgreens stores in Middle Tennessee area

Jul. 12, 2017—Walgreens and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have announced that a subsidiary of VUMC will operate and provide all clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across Middle Tennessee.

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Cybersecurity Alert-Ransomware Attack

May. 15, 2017—Last Friday, a global “ransomware” cyberattack was launched that has now reached computers in 150 countries, including the U.S. The cyberattack continues to present an ongoing threat for computers and systems that have not yet been protected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to files on...

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine moves to eighth in NIH research funding

Apr. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) now ranks No. 8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new ranking raises VUSM’s standing two spots from the No. 10 position it held last year.

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Reminder: access to patient information monitored

Mar. 23, 2017—Unauthorized use of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) clinical databases — Epic, Medipac or Star Panel — to check on the health status of fellow employees or to peer into the medical records of other individuals not under their care, can result in progressive discipline.

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Schools of Medicine, Nursing continue to rank among nation’s elite

Mar. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) have once again been named among the “Best Graduate Schools” in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

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Neul named new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Mar. 7, 2017—Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., division head of Child Neurology and vice chair for Developmental Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been named the new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. He will join Vanderbilt on Aug. 1.

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Frontera to step down as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation chair

Jan. 26, 2017—Walter Frontera, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), will step down from his role as the department’s leader on Feb. 28.

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