January 3, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

WKRN News 2 reported that a woman about to start chemotherapy for a recurrance of lymphoma gave birth to quadruplets at VUMC. Kayla Gaytan, 29, was already the mother of two when she went into labor and delivered Lillian, Victoria, Michael and Charles last Friday. All four babies are expected to be in the NICU at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for a few weeks. Kayla, who is married to Sgt. Charles Gaytan, begins her cancer treatment in a few days.

New York Times reporter Donald McNeil reported and wrote a story on increased mortality rates among pregnant women with sickle cell disease and interviewed Michael DeBaun, M.D., MPH, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research and director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry-Matthew Walker Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease. 

Don Arnold, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, was interviewed for a New York Times story on antibiotics and infant ear infections.  

Nashville Predators team member P.K. Subban delivered a special holiday surprise to a group of patients from the Vanderbilt-Meharry-Matthew Walker Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease. The patients thought they were arriving for a doctor’s appointment but were instead taken on a sleigh ride through Nashville with Subban, who also arranged for the patients and their families a private concert with Dierks Bentley and a shopping trip at the Predators’ store. Subban tweeted the video on Christmas Eve, which quickly became a trending topic on social media and has since been shared more than 20,000 times between Twitter and Facebook. Numerous sports outlets picked up the news, and the video was carried locally by WKRN News 2 and The Tennessean.