August 15, 2017

"Business as usual" for Vanderbilt University Medical Center during solar eclipse

Darkness comes to VUMC

Darkness comes to VUMC

Next Monday, Aug. 21, at approximately 1:30 p.m. darkness will replace daylight in Nashville as a total solar eclipse of the sun occurs. The total eclipse is expected to last less than three minutes.

While schools located in Metro Nashville and surrounding counties will be closed for the day, along with many others who will be taking the day off to watch the eclipse, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will remain open and operating in a business-as-usual manner.

As the region’s only 24/7 resource for services such as Level I trauma care, a Regional Burn Center, a comprehensive Transplant Center offering all solid organ transplants, Level IV neonatal intensive care, and many other unique adult and pediatric specialty services, the Medical Center must remain open and fully operational to care for patients.

“There are some unknowns associated with such a unique event, such as whether patients may suddenly cancel elective clinic appointments or whether there will be potential traffic issues with additional people visiting Middle Tennessee, but we need to continue to operate our hospitals and clinics in the usual manner to best serve our patients,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC. “I want to thank everyone in advance for their ongoing commitment to place our patients and their families first.”