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FYI May 2011
Children's Hospital again ranked among nation's best

Again this year, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is included among the nation's leaders in pediatric health care in U.S. News & World Report magazine's Best Children's Hospitals rankings. The hospital achieved rankings in a maximum of 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs.

"This news is further validation of our ongoing commitment to deliver the very highest level of care to the children and families of our region," said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. "The faculty and staff of Children's Hospital are to be commended as we celebrate these rankings."

The U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings for 2011-12 recognize top performers among the nation's 177 designated pediatric hospitals. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has been ranked every year by U.S. News since the inception of the pediatric rankings, now in their fifth year.

Children's Hospital continues to be a leader in Urology, improving one spot to now rank 5th. A substantial improvement was also seen in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, with Vanderbilt's program moving from 26th to 20th in the nation, while the Division of Neonatology maintained its No. 11 spot. To read the full story in the Reporter, click here. For the full U.S. News rankings, visit

Neblett to end 27 years of pediatric surgery leadership

After nearly three decades of exemplary service, Wallace W. "Skip" Neblett III, M.D., is leaving his role as Pediatric Surgery chairman at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Neblett, who steps down effective July 1, will remain on the Pediatric Surgery staff continuing his clinical practice and mentoring surgical residents. The new role will also allow him to spend more time addressing global health needs through overseas mission work and surgical education. Dai H. Chung, M.D., vice chairman and professor of Pediatric Surgery, will succeed him as chairman. Read more of the story.

Edwards receives Distinguished Physician Award

Kathryn Edwards, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS).The announcement of her award was made during a recent Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in Denver, Colo.

The award is the most prestigious honor given by the PIDS, and it is presented annually to a pediatrician who has an extensive and distinguished career in pediatric infectious diseases. The honored physician also has made significant contributions nationally and internationally to advance the knowledge of pediatric infectious diseases and its application to the care of children.

In her work, Edwards focuses on the evaluation of vaccines and their efficacy in the prevention of infectious disease in adults and children. Previously, the PIDS awarded Edwards the 2007 Stanley A. Plotkin Lecture in Vaccinology, given to individuals who have made an impact in the field of "vaccinology" or related areas that affect children's lives.

Patients celebrate nurses on Facebook for "Nurses Week"

The nation recently celebrated "Nurses Week," an annual event to recognize the important work that nurses do every day. The week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Our patients offered thanks and appreciation on the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Facebook page. Read what our Facebook fans had to say here.

Children's Hospital staff honored at nursing awards

Vanderbilt's nursing staff was celebrated during a recent awards ceremony on May 6, the kickoff of Nurses' Week. Several nurses from Children's Hospital were among those honored. To see all the award recipients and read what each said about getting an award, click here. The awards include:

Transformational Nursing Leader of the Year - Susan Hernandez, R.N., MBHA

Spirit of Nursing Award - Prima Te-Lin, R.N.3, CCRN.

Friend of Nursing Award - Chaplain Raye Nell Dyer

Rosamond Gabrielson Staff Nurse of the Year - Rebecca Warren, R.N.4, on 6B unit

Baby's First Day airs on TLC

A new reality series filmed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center premiered May 2, on TLC. The show, Baby's First Day, is part of a new effort for TLC's daytime programming that focuses on stories about mothers and their newborn babies. The entire first season of "Baby's First Day," which consists of 26 half-hour episodes, was filmed at Vanderbilt. Each new episode is currently scheduled to debut at 1:30 p.m. CDT, and then re-air the following morning at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Viewers can also join a live Twitter discussion online by following #Babys1stDay. 

Shalom Foundation, VU establish Guatemala clinic

Surgeons, nurses and staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt helped open a long-awaited and much-needed surgical facility during a recent mission trip to Guatemala. Personnel from Children's Hospital have been traveling to the poverty-stricken nation twice a year since 2006, and have performed free surgeries on nearly 300 impoverished children.

The new facility, the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, has been four years in the making and was a vision of the Shalom Foundation, a Franklin-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization. Children's Hospital has offered support to the foundation over the years to help give children access to quality medical and surgical care. The center will serve as the base for all future surgeries during mission trips. Read the full story.

Support Children's Hospital through CMNH balloon campaigns  

Several retail companies have signed on to help raise money for our hospital in May and June. People can purchase a $1 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' balloon icon. All proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital. Locations helping the cause include: Daily's Convenience Store through May 31; Rite Aid through May 28; Carmike Theaters through June 3; Walmart and Sam's Club locations across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky through June 11; Publix Supermarket, May 28 - June 17.

Program to offer free sports safety clinics for children

An estimated 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for a sports-related injury each year. In an effort to reduce that number, Safe Kids Cumberland Valley and its lead agency, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, will host free youth sports safety clinics that provide information on topics such as overuse and acute injuries, hydration, heat-related injury, concussion and safety equipment. Read more here.

Children's Hospital gears up for annual telethon event

Tune in to WTVF News Channel 5, Sunday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the 28th annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon benefiting Children's Hospital.

Farmers' Market set to open at VUMC; new location at One Hundred Oaks

For the third year, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Health Plus are partnering to offer a weekly farmers' market on the Medical Center Plaza every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. The 2011 Vanderbilt Farmers' Market starts on June 2 and continues through Oct. 27, offering a variety of local fruit, vegetables, honey, goat cheese, all natural dairy products and grass-fed meats, flowers and healthy baked goods. The market will be conveniently located at the Medical Center Plaza (across from Langford Auditorium) and will operate rain or shine. Cash, credit cards (some vendors do not accept credit cards) and debit cards are accepted.

New this year! A second market has been announced for One Hundred Oaks, which will operate every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. starting on June 9.

Nashville Kids Triathlon

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is recruiting team members for the Nashville Kids Triathlon on Sunday, June 5, at Centennial Park. Children ages 5-15 are eligible to participate in the triathlon, which benefits Children's Hospital. The event features swimming, biking and running and is part of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee's Youth Triathlon Series.

The Nashville Kids Triathlon promises to be a fun event for our children and is a great way to participate in a healthy family event. For more information, visit or to register your child for Team Vanderbilt, contact Jimmie Strong at 936-5317.

Medical Center Giving Campaign

Gifts to Vanderbilt University Medical Center made through June 30 count toward the 2011 Partners in Health campaign goal. This is the only giving campaign that allows faculty and staff of the Medical Center to make charitable gifts to benefit the research, patient care and student training we provide. Funds raised through Partners in Health provide a unique pipeline of support that can enhance existing programs and create new ones.

Become a partner today, and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. Support one or more areas at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that most interest you. Giving options include payroll deduction, which is an easy way to make a one-time gift or to spread giving throughout the year. Give now or find more information at

Children's Hospital in the news:

Study: In-utero surgery treats spina bifida, WLS-TV, Chicago:

Debate over chocolate milk in schools, WKRN:

Infants on the bottle prone to obesity, ABC News:

Special dog helps children fighting cancer, News Channel 5,

Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Ranks High, Associated Press,


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Last Edited: July 25, 2011