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The toll of dysphagia

Dec. 15, 2017—Impaired swallowing — dysphagia — affects 3 percent of hospital inpatients, who have longer hospital stays and are more likely to require post-acute care services.

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Achievements, accolades highlight past year at VUMC

Dec. 14, 2017—The following is a roundup of the news that made headlines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2017.

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New appointments bolster VUMC’s missions

Dec. 14, 2017—New appointments, promotions bolster VUMC's missions.

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Medical Center shines in multiple national rankings

Dec. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) placed highly in several national rankings, including the various rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report during the past year.

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My Health at Vanderbilt poised for enrollment growth

Dec. 14, 2017—Leaders with Vanderbilt Health want to increase enrollment in My Health at Vanderbilt (MHAV), the online portal that offers VUMC’s patients such advantages as interacting with their electronic medical records, communicating securely with members of their healthcare team and paying medical bills electronically.

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‘Tis the season

Dec. 14, 2017—Santa talks with Angelyn Portillo, 6, during a recent daylong visit with patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Crowe elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 14, 2017—James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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Study shows gender identity plays key role in access to care

Dec. 14, 2017—A new large-scale study examining barriers to healthcare through the lens of gender identity finds that transgender men and women tend to fare poorly. The study, by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, appears in The Milbank Quarterly.

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Community service project

Dec. 14, 2017—For its annual community service project, VUMC’s Section of Surgical Sciences collected travel-size toiletries to make 200 care packets for guests of the Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) of Nashville.

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Matrix biology society honors Hudson’s contributions

Dec. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) biochemist Billy Hudson, PhD, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Investigator Prize by the International Society for Matrix Biology for his contributions to the field of matrix biology.

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Nursing advocate set for VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture

Dec. 14, 2017—Alicia Georges, EdD, a leading nursing advocate and the national volunteer president-elect of 38 million member AARP, will be the first speaker in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s (VUSN) 2018 Dean’s Diversity Lecture series.

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Diabetes Day

Dec. 14, 2017—Research achievement was recognized recently during Diabetes Day at the Student Life Center. Among those honored were (beginning second from left) Bryan Gitschlag, Danielle Dean, PhD, Ian Williams, Caroline Presley, MD, and Suzanne Starr. Award winners are flanked by Tom Elasy, MD, MPH, (left) and Alvin Powers, MD. Diabetes Day was sponsored by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research and supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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