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Author: Nancy Humphrey

VUMC lauded for supporting employees in National Guard

Mar. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) recently received the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), given to employers whose support surpasses the legal requirements of the USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) law. VUMC’s award was presented for supporting Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH,...

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Ebola patient and VUSM alum shares his story of survival

Mar. 2, 2015—In early September 2014, Ian Crozier, M.D.,’97, supervised the jet evacuation of a critically ill patient from Kenema, the epicenter of the raging Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. An exhausted Crozier told the medical team that he hoped he didn’t have to see them again. One week later, he did. This time he was the...

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Daniels named to new VMG, adult enterprise leadership role

Feb. 26, 2015—Titus Daniels, M.D., MPH, MMHC, associate professor of Medicine, has been named executive director of the Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG) and chief operating officer for Adult Clinical Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Hazy definition may hamper catatonia care

Feb. 12, 2015—Catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and a trance-like mental stupor, can at times manifest with great excitement and confusion. And while it is often associated with schizophrenia, it can present in patients with either medical or psychiatric conditions. For this reason, the condition has often confused clinicians.

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Family’s gift bolsters schizophrenia research, treatment

Dec. 18, 2014—A “transformational” $6.4 million gift from Dallas couple Donald Test Jr., and his wife, Charlotte, who have a very personal connection to the devastating disease of schizophrenia, is supporting Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry research and treatment into schizophrenia and related disorders.

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VUMC’s Swoosh takes home ‘Top Dog’ pet therapy award

Dec. 11, 2014—A tiny Vanderbilt University Medical Center volunteer has received a giant award from a national organization.

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Flu vaccination plan revised for all VUMC personnel

Nov. 13, 2014—In an effort to protect both employees and patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from potential harm, the Medical Center is revising its influenza vaccination plan and mandating the influenza vaccine for all VUMC employees.

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Off Limits: Doctors are working to research and treat the increasing number of Americans with severe food allergies

Nov. 5, 2014—According to Food Allergy Research and Education, about 1.5 million Americans have food allergies. They affect 1 in every 13 children under 18 in the U. S.—or about two in every classroom. Those who have them must approach food with a great deal of caution.

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New faculty: Dugan explores complexities of Alzheimer’s

Oct. 20, 2014—Laura Dugan strives to bring breakthroughs in neuroscience research and the aging brain together.

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VUMC voice-to-text software named NEXT Awards finalist

Oct. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named a finalist for the NEXT Awards for its implementation of the Dragon voice-to-text software program. VUMC’s Workforce Performance Operations partnered with the Vanderbilt Medical Group Systems Engineering team to deploy the Dragon voice-to-text project to all 3,000-plus providers for a do-it-yourself (DIY) installation.

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Ebola not likely, but VUMC is prepared

Oct. 7, 2014—Armed with a validated and orchestrated plan, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is prepared to safely and effectively treat patients with the bloodborne disease Ebola, should the need arise.

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Flulapalooza vaccinations top 13,000

Oct. 7, 2014—More than 13,000 faculty, staff and students received free flu shots at last week’s Flulapalooza, Vanderbilt’s annual mass vaccination drill.

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