Posted by: getthenac | February 1, 2011

New site: Research at Vanderbilt

from Wayne Wood:

We launched a new research news site today, Research at Vanderbilt.

We like it.

Take a look at the site :

And here’s a news release about the site:



from Wayne Wood:

The annual “Celebration of Women Mentoring Women” lunch is Feb. 25. This is an annual event that’s a fundraiser for Vanderbilt’s Center for Health Services’ Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) program, which has been around for 28 years and is built on the principles of empowering women from low income households to gain confidence, self-sufficiency, and access to health and social services.

In other words, a good thing.

This year’s honorees are:

Mahalia Howard, the executive director of Grace M. Eaton Childcare and Early Learning Center, a North Nashville center dedicated to low income working families. Under Howard’s leadership, the facility has developed into a 3-Star center, the highest rating given by the State of Tennessee. Today, 85 percent of the children at the center are entering Metro Nashville kindergarten at or above an appropriate reading, compared to 40 percent before she came to the center.  Howard is a mentor to young women, encouraging them to graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

Minda Lazarov served as director of MIHOW from 1998 to 2006.  During that time, she expanded the MIHOW program to serve more rural, isolated, and low income areas; developed the current accreditation process and mentored site workers across the Southeast.  She has been a trailblazer for the health of mothers and infants through her leadership and dedication to a number of programs, including the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), UNICEF, and Wellstart International. Lazarov is writing a book about her life, which includes being diagnosed with cancer, first at age 15, and the lessons she has drawn from her experiences.

Candy Markman is an advocate for people needing to make good choices, whether they be incarcerated individuals ready to make a fresh start, or middle school-aged children, who are beginning to make important life decisions. In 1974, originating from the Vanderbilt Prison Project, Markman helped start the Nashville Dismas House, a transitional home supporting the reconciliation of prisoners to society through connections to students and community volunteers.  In 1985 she launched Better Decisions, a life skills program for incarcerated women. Markman now serves as the planning director for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s after-school initiatives.  She is launching the Nashville After Zone Alliance which seeks to provide high quality after-school programs for middle school youth.

To purchase tickets, call Robin Baskin at 292-4674 or visit and print the registration form.

Posted by: getthenac | January 28, 2011

Update on Nathan

from Jeremy Rush

For everyone following Nathan Roberts’ incredible story, here’s a nice follow-up piece by WTVF News Channel 5.

The family was able to leave the hospital for the first time this week.  During the interview, Nathan’s mother said that yesterday was the first time she was able to simply put her son down on a blanket and let him play — uninhibited by machines or tubes.   As you can see in the video, he’s a very happy baby and is continuing to do great.

Posted by: getthenac | January 14, 2011

Nathan got his heart

from Wayne Wood:

Nathan Roberts, an 18-month-old from Snead, Ala., who had been waiting for a heart transplant, received his new heart on Thursday, Jan. 13.

To see a video about Nathan (posted earlier), go to

Here’s the text of the Vanderbilt press release:

Nathan Roberts, an 18-month-old patient from Snead, Ala., whose heart has been operating with the help of a mechanical assistance device called the Berlin Heart since May 27, 2010, received a donor heart early yesterday morning at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Doctors say the transplant surgery went well, and Nathan is recovering as planned.  Nathan is the first infant in Tennessee to receive the Berlin Heart, a device which has been manually pumping the left ventricle of his damaged heart for more than seven months while he waited for a donor organ.

Nathan’s transplant began around 8 p.m., Wednesday night, and doctors finished shortly before 4 a.m., Thursday morning. Nathan’s cardiologist, Debra Dodd, M.D., director of Pediatric Heart Transplant, and her team continue to closely monitor his progress.

“Overall, the operation was a big success,” says Karla Christian, M.D., the lead pediatric heart surgeon who performed the surgery.  “The new heart looked very happy inside Nathan’s chest and it was working very well.  It’s a great heart and we hope it will last him a long time.”

Christian says the transplant was essential for Nathan, who was on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for two weeks before Children’s Hospital got the go-ahead from a federal review board last May to use the experimental Berlin Heart.

The device, a smaller version of other left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) used in adults, is the only one of its kind for small infants and children, and it is not yet approved for widespread use by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

“We’re thankful we had the Berlin device available,” says Christian.  “He wouldn’t have survived without it.  At this point, we are hoping he will have a long, happy life.”

Nathan’s mother, Amanda, has been by her son’s side throughout his eight-month stay at Children’s Hospital, and was all smiles Wednesday night when her family finally received news that a donor heart was available.  She says “Bernie,” the family’s playful nickname for the Berlin Heart device, has served them well.

“He has saved Nathan’s life. He has served his purpose, but we are more than happy to trade it in and bring Nathan home,” she says.

Each year, more than 35,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects, and about 5,000 of them die, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Christian says Nathan’s success illustrates the fact that the Berlin Heart can be a very effective option for children with heart defects, depending on the circumstance.

“The Berlin Heart is essential to the survival of infants and young children who need long-term mechanical support prior to implantation,” says Christian.


To read the story about when Nathan first got the  Berlin Heart, click here .

from Wayne Wood:

Now this is a cool thing. From the press release:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is Proud to Announce the Birth of a Healthy, Happy Parent-Friendly Endeavor — Baby Time, an iPhone Application for Expectant Parents. The Baby Time app is free and available through the iTunes app store.

The app, the brainchild of Vanderbilt’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Medical Center’s strategic marketing department, is designed to help expectant parents know when it’s time to come to the hospital, and, when a case of delivery day amnesia sets in, includes a map directing them to Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Baby Time has four features: a contraction timer to track contractions and the time between contractions; a hospital quick dial for calling the provider and other important people on the couple’s notification list; directions to Vanderbilt University Hospital (the app is compatible and integrated with Google Maps for directions); and a Frequently Asked Questions section specifically about labor and delivery. The FAQ section includes some of the most often asked questions: When do I call my provider? May we take photos? What do I bring? Where do I go? Did my water break? Am I having false labor?

Read the whole press release.

See the WKRN News 2 story (one of many on the new app)

Posted by: getthenac | January 5, 2011

Gloria Dallas’ New Life

from Wayne Wood:

Gloria Dallas, who was the patient service representative/triage secretary for William Serafin, M.D., at the Vanderbilt Medical Group Green Hills Clinic, retired at the end of December after a 40 year career in health care, the last 17 or so of those years at Vanderbilt. A farewell note prepared by her coworkers says, “She has displayed throughout her employment a great deal of professionalism, compassion, and teamwork.”

She plans to spend more time with her husband, Les (seen here in the photo with her), four adult daughters, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

It pretty much goes without saying, but her colleagues say it anyway: “Gloria will be missed at the Vanderbilt Green Hills Clinic.”

Gloria Dallas and her husband Les celebrate her service to Vanderbilt, and look to the future.

Posted by: getthenac | December 23, 2010

Waiting for Nathan’s Heart

from Carole Bartoo:

Nathan is 18 months old and is spending his Christmas in the hospital, waiting for a new heart. Christmas is sometimes called a season of waiting. Nathan and his parents especially know what that means.

Posted by: getthenac | December 23, 2010

Dayani Center gets New Exercise Equipment

from Wayne Wood:

Frederick Jones, an installer with Atlas Fitness Systems, puts the finishing touches on one of the new pieces of equipment installed last week at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness. As Dayani members begin to enjoy the new equipment, some of the older equipment went to a good cause: it was donated to the Nashville Women’s Mission to provide exercise opportunities for residents, said Jennifer Gann, an exercise specialist at Dayani. Photo by Susan Urmy.

Posted by: getthenac | December 22, 2010

The Science of Always Being in the Slowest Line

from Wayne Wood:

Science and engineering brought to bear on why other people are always in your way. And why, even though how to speed things up is well understood, most stores don’t do it.

Hat tip: The Daily What, via Andrew Sullivan

Posted by: getthenac | December 21, 2010

Ten Questions About Christmas

from Wayne Wood:

1. What kind of question is “But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?” If he’s the MOST FAMOUS reindeer, why wouldn’t you recall him?

2. Since “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” has a comma in its title at an unexpected place, why not do the same for other carols?: “Hark! The Herald Angels, Sing,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a, Reindeer,” “I saw Mommy kissing Santa, Claus,” etc.

3. Imagine: You’re in labor, riding on a donkey. You arrive at an inn to rest and give birth, but there’s no room, so you end up in the stable. Then you go through your first childbirth, surrounded by farm animals. And after all that, some kid shows up and starts pounding on a drum. Has there been a woman in the history of the world who would welcome this situation?

4. When Billy Joel wrote “Piano Man” or the Animals sang “House of the Rising Sun,” did they know that those tunes fit perfectly the words of “O Little Town of Bethlehem?”and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”?

5. And is it mildly sacrilegious to sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” to the tune of “Piano Man” or “House of the Rising Sun”?

6. Considering plot of the song “Frosty the Snowman” involves a character who (a) comes to life through supernatural means (“must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found”), (b) becomes a beloved leader, (c) dies and  leaves his followers distraught,  but only after (d) proclaiming that “he’ll be back again someday,” is it wrong to classify it as a religious carol?

7. Is it weird that the same guy who sang, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” on the TV version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was the voice of Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes fame?

8. Is it even weirder that his name was Thurl Ravenscroft?

9. Thurl Ravenscroft!!!!?

10. Is it more than mildly sacrilegious to sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” to the tune of the “Theme from Gilligan’s Island,” which  they also fit perfectly?

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