October 12, 2010

VUMC in the News

Here is summary of recent top news stories that quote sources from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. If the article is available on the Internet, a link has been included. For more VUMC news, visit VUMC’s News & Communications website here.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt LifeFlight approves of new safety rules
Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight is supporting new proposed safety rules for the air ambulance helicopter industry.

The Tennessean: Is there hope for children who kill?
Tennessee wrestles with how to protect society from children who kill while making sure they get the rehabilitation they need, and ensuring the victims' families get justice. "They don't do well in prison," said William Bernet, M.D., professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He said grouping teenagers with hardened convicts just doesn't make sense. "They pick up more criminal habits. They identify with the criminal way of life."

The Tennessean: Young patients at Vanderbilt help create holiday cards fit for a kid
Nine-year-old Eleanor Ikard drew an angel, with stars and the moon as a backdrop, for the Holiday Project contest at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. John Brock, M.D., chief surgeon and director of Pediatric Urology, is quoted.

The Tennessean: 100 Oaks medical center attains LEED certification
Vanderbilt's 100 Oaks medical campus in Nashville has attained LEED certification for commercial interiors by the U.S. Green Building Council. Architects were Gresham, Smith and Partners.

WTVF NewsChannel 5 reported on more than a dozen patients at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt who were honored Sunday for their one-of-a-kind artwork (story).

Nashville Scene: Best of Nashville – Best Greeter
Harold Kendrick with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was voted “best greeter” by the Nashville Scene. Robert Mericle, M.D., associate professor of Neurological Surgery, is named the city’s best neurosurgeon; and the Vanderbilt Midwifery Clinic is named the best source of low-intervention prenatal care.

WSMV Channel 4 News’s Regina Raccuglia interviewed Heather Munoz, mother of NICU twins at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Carol Huber, R.N., an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, about the benefits of breast-feeding critically ill infants. The story was about the Vanderbilt-led Human Breast Milk project, which is part of the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) (video).

WTVF NewsChannel 5 reported that “Vanderbilt Announces Plans To Expand Services In Franklin.” "We look at the population and we look at the needs, we see where that growth is going to be and try to participate in meeting the needs of the community," said Wright Pinson, M.D., deputy vice chancellor of Health Affairs with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (video).

The Tennessean: Metro Parks, Vanderbilt project targets childhood obesity
Six hundred Davidson County families will participate in a health project intended to reduce obesity among preschoolers, researchers announced Tuesday. Metro Parks is partnering with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to get parents involved in taking their children to community recreation centers and changing their diets. The program targets 3-to 5-year-olds.

The Tennessean: Great Clips offers special
Great Clips is offering free haircuts to all of Middle Tennessee at its 42 area locations. This event, set for Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 5-9 p.m., is for adults and children. Throughout the evening Great Clips employees will provide haircuts to adults and children to help raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network in this Great Clips “Nite for Kids” event.

Nashville Medical News: Physician Spotlight: Thomas E. Groomes, M.D.
Thomas Groomes, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, has always been fascinated by the mechanics of how things work. As medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital at Vanderbilt, he helps patients who have suffered traumatic injuries get their lives back in working order.

Nashville Medical News: Translating Genomic Information into Action
Philosophically, all men are created equal. Physiologically ... not exactly.
While physicians, researchers and even laymen have long recognized humans come in many shapes and sizes, it's only been since the Human Genome Project released a sequence map that the true complexity of those differences has been realized. Human DNA, which consists of about 3 billion 'letters' or chemical bases, is 99 percent identical across mankind. "We've known about common variations for a long time, but our ability to study them systematically has come about literally in the last five years," noted Dan M. Roden, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Personalized Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.