February 16, 2017

She started as a night-shift nurse at VPH in 2001 and has held several roles, including director of Nursing Education and Professional Development for VBH. In addition to her duties, Barut is a Ph.D. candidate at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Read more...

Patient complaints can identify surgeons with higher rates of bad surgical outcomes: study


"This study builds on more than 20 years of Vanderbilt research experience," said lead author William Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy. "Dr. Hickson, one of the co-authors, conducted groundbreaking work that proved that physicians with more than their fair share of unsolicited patient complaints are at higher risk for medical malpractice claims. We recognize that making families unhappy increases the likelihood of families filing suit in the face of any adverse outcome." Read more...

Tasmanian woman travels to VUMC for surgery


Patients are coming to the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center from around the globe, discovering the center's world-class services through social media. One such person is Sophia Pafitis, who traveled to Vanderbilt last year from the Australian island of Tasmania. Read more...

Volunteer finds common ground with trauma patients


By 5 each morning, businessman Doug Brown is already hard at work, making calls to colleagues around the world. But despite the many demands of his career as owner and president of an international company in the automotive industry, there is one day each week that Brown makes the patients in the Vanderbilt Trauma Center his top priority. Read more...

Protocol standardizes care for pregnant women on opiates


Complications related to opioid abuse occur in 54,000 pregnancies annually in the United States, and Tennessee ranks among the top 10 states in the number of opioid-dependent pregnant women. To address this challenge, board-certified nurses Jana Briggs, R.N., and Lori Harris, R.N., from Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and Mindy Sacco, R.N., from Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital's Labor and Delivery Unit recently forged a unique collaboration. Read more...

New EpicLeap Hubbl app now available


With EpicLeap Go Live only nine months away, the team responsible for ensuring that VUMC is prepared from an operational readiness standpoint was facing a couple of big challenges. How could they effectively communicate with the various site leaders throughout Vanderbilt to ensure that Go Live-critical tasks were being completed in a timely manner? Read more...

Router downtime operation slated for Feb. 18; numerous systems impacted


Vanderbilt University Medical Center Information Technology Services will conduct a router downtime operation Saturday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 8 a.m. Read more...

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