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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 25 items )  

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B - Neuropsychiatric Genetics Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, May 27 -- The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B - Neuropsychiatric Genetics, a journal that says it provides a forum for experimental and clinical investigations of the genetic, epigenetic and protein signaling mechanisms underlying neurologic and psychiatric disorders, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Medical genetics education in the midst of the COVID -19 pandemic: Shared resources CASE REPORTS IN DIVERS  more

American Lung Association: Lung Cancer Survivor to Run Half Marathon to Raise Funds for Research, COVID-19 Initiative
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 29 -- The American Lung Association issued the following news release: Local resident Aaron Hawkins never lets a bad diagnosis stop him from living a healthy lifestyle. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2019 that required surgery. Now cancer free, the 47-year-old father of two will run a half marathon in the American Lung Association in Tennessee's virtual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk in June. Hawkins' goal is to raise funds for lung cancer research and for the Lung  more

Associated Builders and Contractors Names 2020 Craft Instructor of the Year
ARLINGTON, Virginia, May 19 -- Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following news release: Associated Builders and Contractors announced Bryan Gamble, a certified electrical contractor and instructor for the ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter, was named the 2020 Craft Instructor of the Year. Gamble will be honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. ABC presents the annual Craft Instructor of the Year Award to an instructo  more

Associated Builders and Contractors Names the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year
ARLINGTON, Virginia, May 19 -- Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following news release: Associated Builders and Contractors announced Ron Cayton, general superintendent, Gaylor Electric, Charlotte, North Carolina, was named the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year. Cayton will be honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. ABC presents the annual Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professio  more

Churchwell to Lead Vanderbilt's Diversity, Inclusivity Initiatives in Permanent Role
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news on May 27: Andre L. Churchwell has been named vice chancellor for equity,diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University, a position he has held on an interim basis since June 2019. Churchwell, whose appointment was announced today by the university and is effective immediately, also will continue in his role as chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University Medical C  more

Collaborative Project From VU and VUMC Improves Intubation Box Safety for COVID-19 Caregivers
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: As hospital and health care staff across the country continue learning more about the transmission and spread of COVID-19, caregivers for coronavirus patients continue adapting to the changing needs and best practices for personal protective equipment (PPE). Now, a new collaborative project from clinicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineeri  more

College & University Professional Association for Human Resources Report Examines Relationship Between Student Enrollment and Staff Size
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources issued the following news release: As higher education leaders plan for possible delays in campus openings, the staff who service the infrastructure of the campus and maintain its upkeep may be most at risk of being furloughed or losing their jobs. According to CUPA-HR's 2020 Staff in Higher Education Annual Report, released, it is critical to consider expected student enrollment when benchma  more

Melissa Hudson, M.D., of St. Jude Wins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Childhood Cancer Survivorship
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 28 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Melissa Hudson, M.D., director of the Division of Cancer Survivorship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Northwestern Mutual Award for Excellence in Childhood Cancer Survivorship by the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO). The annual award honors an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of survivorship   more

Memphis Light, Gas & Water Study Confirms Large Savings With Alternative, Cleaner Energy Supply
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 30 -- The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy issued the following news release on May 29: A draft report commissioned by Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) shows that Memphis could save $120 million or more per year by leaving the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and switching to an alternative, cleaner energy supply. The report, which examined possible future energy scenarios for MLGW, confirmed the possibility of more than a billion dollars in savings over the coming   more

Multinational Consortium Reports COVID-19 Impact on Cancer Patients: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 29 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: People with cancer sickened by COVID-19 have a crude death rate of 13%, according to the largest series of data released thus far from a multinational perspective. The data on more than 900 patients, published May 28 in The Lancet and simultaneously presented at ASCO20 Virtual, also revealed cancer-specific factors associated with increased mortality. The information is the first report from an ongo  more

Patient Experience in a Pediatric Setting Examined by the Beryl Institute
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 29 -- Beryl Institute issued the following news release: Reinforcing its commitment to improve patient experience throughout the care continuum, The Beryl Institute releases its latest white paper, Caring for our Children: A Look at Patient Experience in a Pediatric Setting. The paper examines evidence of successful patient experience practices in pediatric settings and highlights key findings to help organizations achieve their experience goals. The paper is grounde  more

Six States Lead Way in Easing Tax Burdens: American Legislative Exchange Council
ARLINGTON, Virginia, May 19 -- The American Legislative Exchange Council issued the following news release: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released State Tax Cut Roundup: 2019, the newest publication illustrating which states lowered taxes during their 2019 legislative sessions. The report was produced by ALEC's Center for State Fiscal Reform, which provides policymakers with original research and expert testimony in the areas of tax, budget and pension reform. Six states - A  more

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association: Be on Lookout for Scammers During Pandemic
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 19 -- The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news: It is unfortunate but predictable - you can count on scammers to take advantage of people when they are vulnerable, and the COVID-19 virus is no exception. Tennessee's electric cooperatives encourage you to remain on the lookout for financial scams during the coronavirus pandemic. It's vitally important, as your mind may be filled with other thoughts, to make sure you make wise financial d  more

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association: Fund Provides Assistance to Co-Op Employees
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 29 -- The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news: Thanks to the incredible generosity of co-ops, employees and industry partners, as of the end of May more than $70,000 has been contributed to the Electric Co-op Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. Four electric co-op employees lost their homes - and one nearly lost her life - as two devastating tornadoes tore through Middle Tennessee on the morning of March 3. TECA and Tennessee's electri  more

Tennessee Hospital Association: Governor Announces Final Awards for Small And Rural Hospital Readiness Grants
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, May 27 -- The Tennessee Hospital Association issued the following news: Governor Bill Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million in small and rural hospital readiness grants this week to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19. Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Applicants  more

Urban Institute Elects Five New Leaders to Its Board of Trustees
WASHINGTON, May 22 -- The Urban Institute issued the following news release: The Urban Institute has elected five new members to its board of trustees. Four will begin their terms immediately: Catherine Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America; Jay Carney, senior vice president of global corporate affairs at Amazon; Bill Haslam, former governor of Tennessee; and Michael A. Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia. Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit, will begin her ter  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: ASCO Press Program Highlights COVID-19 Outcomes in Lung Cancer Patients
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 27 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: People with thoracic cancers sickened by COVID-19 were especially vulnerable to deaths with a 35% mortality rate, according to early results from TERAVOLT, a global consortium that tracks outcomes among this vulnerable patient population. Much of the early data was accumulated when the pandemic was first sweeping through Italy and other European nations. Updated data from the registry, including out  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Doxycycline Ineffective at Shrinking Aortic Aneurysms in Two-Year Study
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 27 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news on May 26: Patients with a vascular condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm did not benefit from taking the common antibiotic doxycycline for two years to shrink the aneurysm when compared to those who took a placebo, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swelling or ballo  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Experts Offer Tips for Managing and Monitoring Adolescent Mental Health
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: As families are managing the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic presents, doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt are urging parents to pay close attention to the behaviors of their children. Differentiating between what is deemed typical adolescent behavior and the signs of depression can be a fine line, said Heather Kreth, PsyD, licensed psychologist and health service   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Fleming, Law Receive Education Awards From Academy for Excellence in Education
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The Academy for Excellence in Education, established in 2007 to reinvigorate the education enterprise within Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, recently honored Geoffrey Fleming, MD, professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine and Janice Law, MD, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Fleming received the Lillian B. Nanny Award for Outstanding Serv  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Forbes Named New Chief of Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Rachel Forbes, MD, MBA, associate professor of Surgery, has been appointed chief of the Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective June 1. Forbes, who has served as the division's associate chief since January 2019, succeeds David Shaffer, MD, professor of Surgery, who has served as the division's leader since 2001.  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Gilmer Named to International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, MBA, professor of Nursing, has been selected for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The honor recognizes her significant, sustained international achievement and her research that has influenced the nursing profession and the people it serves. Entry into the hall of fame is considered one of t  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Pediatric Traumas Rose as Children Stayed Home More
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 26 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: During the first few weeks of the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital noticed an interesting pattern. As children were out of school and staying home, the hospital saw a higher volume of pediatric traumas, including ATV accidents, dirt bike accidents and pellet gunshot wounds. The sheer volume, combined with the weekday  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study to Test Cognitive Rehab Therapy for ICU Survivors
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Vanderbilt University Medical Center will study adult survivors of medical and surgical intensive care at high risk for long-term cognitive impairment to see if computerized cognitive rehabilitation (CCR) is effective in improving cognition in ICU survivors who often have trouble doing complex tasks, maintaining their finances and staying employed. The first-of-its-kind study, set to begin this wint  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Target Trials Support Drug Safety in Pregnant Patients
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Out of concern for fetal safety, pregnant people have typically been excluded from drug trials. And when human health is on the line, drug studies assessing fetal safety in animal models may be viewed as far from definitive. Due to sheer lack of data concerning implications for fetal and maternal safety, clinicians are often unsure about prescribing drugs to pregnant patients. That's the situation   more