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Message from Vanderbilt University Medical Center about caller ID spoofing

Sep. 6, 2017—Beginning Sept. 1, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s patient customer service line began to experience an unusually high volume of calls. Medical Center officials quickly determined the cause of the increased call volume was the result of a fraudulent practice known as caller ID spoofing.

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Novel approach expanded transplant patient’s options

Aug. 31, 2017—South Carolina resident Amy Binkley is used to making tough decisions for her daughter, Savannah Parks.

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Empathy, adaptability, curiosity define Rice’s career

Aug. 31, 2017—Ten years ago Mark Rice, M.D.’s beloved Green Bay Packers were playing football against the Miami Dolphins, and he was in the stands with his parents and children. It was a hot day. A woman nearby went into a seizure, and Rice went to her aid.

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First leadership-track DNP students among VUSN incoming class

Aug. 31, 2017—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) welcomed 474 new Master of Nursing Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Ph.D. students in a series of orientation events Aug. 16-28. The new class included the school’s first cohort of eight executive leadership-track DNP students.

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During Eskind renovation, other libraries provide space and services

Aug. 31, 2017—During the yearlong renovation of the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, all Vanderbilt University (VU) libraries are open to all Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and School of Nursing personnel.

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Flulapalooza mass vaccination event set for Sept. 27

Aug. 24, 2017—What do 16,000 Band-Aids, 72 bottles of hand gel, 36 flat sheets, 30 trashcans, two wheelchairs, one crash cart and a 140-foot by 40-foot tent signal?

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels award boosts pediatric cancer research

Aug. 24, 2017—Adam Esbenshade, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been awarded a $50,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award. Esbenshade plans to use data to create a risk prediction model to predict blood stream infections in pediatric cancer patients.

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Benefits of palliative care for liver disease patients studied

Aug. 24, 2017—Past research has proven that palliative care — specialized medical care focused on pain and symptom management as well as psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life — benefits patients with malignant diseases such as aggressive cancers. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) health care providers are now studying whether palliative care can also benefit those with advanced liver disease, a diagnosis that precedes either a life-saving liver transplant or death.

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Employees lend a hand during Orthopaedic Outreach Day

Aug. 17, 2017—Uninsured people who needed surgeries for debilitating hand conditions got that help because a team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees volunteered their services.

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Discovery sheds light on protein key to nerve cells’ myelin sheath

Aug. 17, 2017—Genetic mutations in PMP22 (peripheral myelin protein 22) cause a variety of peripheral neuropathies, underscoring the importance of the protein to a healthy peripheral nervous system. But the precise function of PMP22, a major component of the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates peripheral nerve cell axons, has been unclear.

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Report identifies IT upgrades needed to enhance cancer care

Aug. 17, 2017—A group of nationally recognized medical information and data management experts has recommended the development of new knowledge software applications that work alongside electronic health record systems (EHRs) to help practicing oncologists access and use the latest genomic information to assist in the treatment of cancer patients.

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VUMC listed among top 100 oncology programs by Becker’s Hospital Review

Aug. 15, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs.

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