VUMC in the news
A roundup of a few recent positive stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, was interviewed by CNN New Day Saturday, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, The New York Times science correspondent Donald McNeil Jr., ABC News reporter Gillian Mohney, Reuters reporter Julie Steenhuysen, and Texas Tribune reporter Madeline Conway for stories about the process of investigating a potential outbreak of Zika in Florida and the FDA’s call to halt blood donations from that area as they test blood for Zika. News stations such as Fox 17 and News Channel5 also interviewed Schaffner about Zika.
Teen Cancer America and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt announced yesterday the launch of a collaborative effort to raise $1 million to expand the adolescent and young adult cancer program. The Band Perry will work closely with both the foundation and the hospital and support them on the various fundraising efforts over the coming year. The band kicked off the fundraising with a visit to Children’s Hospital and a $25,000 donation. Tennessean reporter Cindy Watts covered their visit to the hospital with a full-page inside cover story, and numerous media outlets covered the news, including CMT.com, ABC Radio and the Associated Press.
The Tennessean did a story on C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC, taking the chairman’s role of the Nashville Health Care Council. The vice president is R. Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and other major news outlets in Australia covered Vanderbilt surgeons’ role in performing that country’s first in utero surgery to treat spina bifida. The VUMC team was led by Jay Wellons, M.D., chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
WTVF News Channel 5 interviewed Kimberly Brown, Ph.D., assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, about the psychological impact of exposure to violence in the media, particularly on children, following the recent shootings involving police officers around the country.
WKRN News 2 covered the growing problem of heroin addiction in Tennessee, and quoted Corey Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, saying that VUMC is on track to see 1,000 narcotics overdose cases this year.
Doug the Pug, a local dog who has become a viral internet sensation for his funny antics, visited patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. WSMV Channel 4 News covered the event, and their story got picked up in numerous outlets across the country. Additionally, mashable ran a video and story on Doug the Pug’s visit.