Partners In Health, the internal faculty and staff giving campaign, is under way
through June 30.
The campaign supports Vanderbilt University Medical Center's academic mission
and provides a way for faculty and staff to support the areas they are most
All funds stay within the Medical Center, and donors may direct funds toward a
school, department or program of their choice.
The focus of Partners In Health is participation at every level, not the size of
the gift. This year, the participation goal is 50.01 percent.
As of April 1, the current participation level was 30.54 percent. Four
departments have already reached a high level of participation: Thoracic
Surgery (100 percent), Emergency Medicine (81.63 percent), Medical Education
and Administration (53.33 percent) and Neurological Surgery (50 percent).
The 2009 campaign raised more than $1.6 million with 43 percent faculty
“We all have a personal stake in the financial health of Vanderbilt,” said Roger Cone, Ph.D., professor and chair of Molecular Physiology and
Biophysics and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism.
Cone is serving as a campaign co-chair along with Carol Etherington, M.S.N.,
R.N., assistant professor of Nursing and associate director of Global Health
Studies for the Institute for Global Health, and Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of
“We all have the responsibility to show our colleagues within the Medical Center
and beyond that we support the mission and values of Vanderbilt. If we do not
make a strong commitment to giving, we can't ask others to contribute in this
time of economic tightening,” Slovis said.
The Partners In Health Web site can be accessed at
www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/partnersinhealth. Visitors can track campaign progress,
make a donation via credit card, set up a payroll deduction, read giving
stories and get resources to encourage donations.