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June 2011 Category

Holmes assumes presidency of Tennessee Dietetic Association

Jun. 2, 2011—Marilyn Holmes, the manager of Health Plus, the staff and faculty wellness program, and a registered dietitian, assumed the presidency of the Tennessee Dietetic Association (TDA) on June 1. The TDA is an affiliate of the American Dietetic Association, and seeks to improve health and nutrition of the citizens of the state.  TDA serves the...

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Flood, Sweat and Tears: One Year Later

Jun. 2, 2011—Last year, only days after the floodwaters receded, House Organ published a special issue, “Flood, Sweat and Tears,” examining the 2010 Nashville Flood’s effect on Vanderbilt and its staff and faculty. In this issue, we returned to many of the people profiled in that issue one year ago to check in and ask how they...

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An eight-feet-high foundation

May. 31, 2011—She would get the remodel she always wanted. That’s the positive spin Sandra Davis-Carter, program coordinator for the Human Simulation Center, tried to put on things following last year’s flood, which left her house nearly underwater. She now has proof of the power of positive thinking. In the last week of December 2010, she and...

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Excited to go home every day

May. 31, 2011—Kia Churchwell felt lucky to have found a contractor who could start rebuilding her Shelby Park home so quickly. Unfortunately, her good luck turned to bad luck when she realized that the work was substandard and that her reconstructed home would not pass code. She, her husband and four children alternately moved between a Ramada...

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Back home with the angels

May. 31, 2011—Linda Stewart lived in a Madison residence hotel for two months and 10 days, after rising water forced her from her Old Hickory home. The situation was made more challenging by the fact that she was joined at the hotel by her four dogs: Kobe the peekapoo, Summer the poodle mix, Niki the Pomeranian, and...

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Love and lessons

May. 31, 2011—For Slattery, the experience of the flood disaster last year unfolded in two ways: first was the total loss of the house, followed by the process of putting the house back right. That part, Slattery says, is now behind them. “We are absolutely done,” he says. The total reconstruction of the single-level home that took...

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Floating on a river of uncertainty

May. 31, 2011—One year after Barbara McCafferty and her husband, Dave Paczko, were rescued from the chest-high waters filling their home, the couple is still swamped by the financial and emotional aftermath of Nashville’s historic floods. McCafferty, a post-op assessment nurse in Vanderbilt’s Digestive Disease clinic, said the one-story house near Percy Warner Park was inundated with...

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Mary Teloh, overseer of History of Medicine room, retires after 38 years

May. 31, 2011—Mary Teloh, who worked for 38 years as a librarian at the Eskind Biomedical Library and its predecessor, the Medical Center Library, proudly shows off a crystal bowl she received at a retirement reception May 27. Teloh is known for her devotion to the history of medicine, and the history of VUMC, and was the...

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Zoe without the zzzzzzzzzz’s: My storm-phobic dog creates sleep-deprived days—for me

May. 31, 2011—You know how advocates for pets are always citing figures showing that pet owners live longer? I am completely puzzled about how this could possibly be so. One example: one of the keys to a long and healthy life is getting enough sleep. I cannot recall a single occasion when a pet has helped me...

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So many people did so much

May. 31, 2011—It was teamwork that helped Karl Boehme, Ph.D., and his family get through those chaotic first days after their Bellevue home took on three feet of water in last May’s historic flood. And it was teamwork that helped them get through the months-long rebuilding process. Family members, friends and co-workers in the Division of Pediatric...

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