| Current Nashville Medical News|
|Eye on the Prize|
Meharry Receives Major Grant to Improve Minority Health
"There are a lot of very important discoveries in the lab and in animals … but a lot of it never sees the light of day," lamented Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and scientific director for the Center for Women's Health Research at Meharry Medical College.
|Local Leaders Look at Nashville's Well-Being|
Making Nashville a Healthier, Happier City
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...
This old adage could be the cornerstone of a community-wide effort to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Nashville by focusing on steps to encourage proactive, healthy lifestyles.
|Swedish Healthcare Officials Visit Nashville|
Delegation Observes Local Healthcare Scene
Representatives of prominent Swedish healthcare providers recently traveled to Nashville for an inside look at the healthcare industry in the United States.
|Vanderbilt Strives to Shorten Treatment for Tuberculosis|
Collaborating with International Consortium
As part of an international organization with the goal to rid the world of the scourge of tuberculosis, Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently nabbed a $7 million grant to continue its investigations into more effective TB treatments.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|VU's Healthcare Research Engine|
Given that Vanderbilt has been talking about its grant funding wins from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the university's research machine — where the money comes from, where it goes and what comes out the other side.
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|Centerstone Pioneers Integrated Care in Middle Tennessee|
Pediatrics is the Target
Think about this: When it comes to mental health treatment in America, more than 50 percent of that care is delivered in a primary care setting. Couple that with findings suggesting more than 50 percent of patients who visit a primary care physician also need behavioral health services. Add to that the mounds of research confirming that patients' mental wellbeing affects their physical wellbeing. Doesn't it make you wonder why the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare has taken so long?
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Peer Counseling Central to Mental Health Organization's Mission|
TMHCA Opens Three Middle Tennessee Locations This Year
For the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association, 2009 was a banner year. The Nashville-based organization — owned and operated solely by individuals who have been or who are still consumers of mental health services — opened three new Middle Tennessee locations this year, offering a variety of services to help people with mental illness stay on the road to recovery.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Cardiovascular Systems of Care: Empowering a Network of Local Providers|
Did you know that stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States?
Nearly 4.7 stroke survivors are alive today, and each year approximately approximately 750,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. On average a stroke occurs every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Of every five deaths from stroke, two occur in men and three in women.
DR. MICHAEL KAMINSKI
|Physician Spotlight : Thomas Krueger, MD|
Doctor without Borders
As we enter the season of "peace on earth," Thomas Krueger, MD, is all too aware that in the war-torn countries around the world there is no peace — and often very little medical care.
|HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Permobil's Lebanon Operation Grows to Meet Wheelchair Market Demand|
People living with physical disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair have probably heard of Permobil, but now more and more Tennesseans will be hearing the company name. That's because Permobil announced in October that it will expand its operations in Lebanon and build a new $12 million North American Operations Center on 17 acres in Park 840.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Dispensing Medications... and Hope|
No one should have to choose between eating this week and filling a needed prescription. That simple belief, coupled with the realization that a significant number of prescriptions languished on his shelf until finally hitting an expiration date, led Bruce Wolf, MD, to take action. What began as a personal mission has grown into the Dispensary of Hope.
|Belmont Tops Out Health Sciences Building|
Construction Project on Track
At the end of October … one year after breaking ground on the 90,000 square-foot, $30 million Health Sciences Center at Belmont University … the construction project was officially topped out. With an anticipated completion date of June 2010, the building will serve as home to the School of Pharmacy and School of Physical Therapy, plus have expansion space for other health sciences fields including nursing, occupational therapy, social work and psychology.
|Preparing Pharmacists for Their Expanding Roles|
Being a pharmacist today is a very different proposition than it was two decades ago. Sometimes the expectations seem to shift on a monthly … if not daily … basis. To help practicing pharmacists and students keep up with their ever-expanding roles, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) has put advocacy, education and professional awareness at the top of the priority list.
|Impact of Obama's Emergency Declaration & Pandemic Care Legislation|
To facilitate its response to the H1N1 Influenza outbreak, the federal government has assembled a well-stocked toolbox of legislation, followed by President Obama's presidential declaration of a national emergency with respect to the H1N1 virus. Even before Obama's declaration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) had a number of tools available that allowed each agency to soften, or even waive, certain regulatory requirements for healthcare providers, specifically the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) and Emergency Use Authorizations.
STEPHANIE S. PIERCE