October 24, 2017

VUMC in the news

A roundup of a few recent stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Tennessean healthcare reporter Holly Fletcher interviewed Corey Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, for a story about Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) proposing that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep healthcare costs down.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patient Isaiah Davis is asking for cards for his upcoming birthday and has received his wish from people in almost every state and some from abroad. The almost 3-year-old has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his mother, Jessica Brandon, has cystic fibrosis. The two have been interviewed together while in the hospital by Daily News Journal reporter Nancy DeGennaro, WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Sarah McCarthy and WGNS Radio reporter Scott Walker.

A The Washington Post story on the rampant spread of hepatitis C in the U.S. quotes Stephen Patrick, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, and his study of hepatitis C among pregnant women is mentioned.

Scientific American reported that since 2011, rates for fully vaccinated kindergarteners have increased due to state laws requiring students to have a full series of inoculations before they can enter the classroom. William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, is quoted. Discover reporter Teal Burrell also interviewed Schaffner for a story about antibiotics and whether patients should complete each prescribed course.