May 3, 2012

Frances Raines knows the secret to successful aging. "Keep busy," says the 97-year-old resident at Bethany Health & Rehabilitation nursing home, flashing a knowing smile that momentarily erases the wrinkles on her face. Read more...

Students discover a broader emphasis in O'Day's program


The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Emphasis Program's annual poster presentation event, held last week, represented the end of more than 18 months of hard work for second-year medical students. But this year it also represented the final presentation viewing for a founder of the program, Denis O'Day, M.D., professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, who is stepping down from his role as director. Read more...

Surprise gift for new mom: a new heart


Windy Hill, 38, of Kingsport, Tenn., was wheeled into the operating room at Vanderbilt University Hospital on April 20 to receive a mechanical pump to aid her failing heart and save her life. While the surgical team was preparing to start the operation, the surgeon's cell phone rang. On the other end was the transplant coordinator, alerting him that a donor heart had been located. Read more...

Kennedy Center's Next Steps celebrates three graduates


The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Next Steps at Vanderbilt program, the first of only two college programs in Tennessee for adults with disabilities, graduated three students at a commencement ceremony April 25 in the Wyatt Center Rotunda. Read more...