Last month, officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced Christine Seidman, MD, whose lab has identified the genetic causes of several human heart diseases including cardiomyopathy is the recipient of the 2019 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science. Seidman is the Thomas W. Smith Professor in Medicine and Genetics at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a senior associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She is the 14th recipient of the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, which was established in 2006 to honor women scientists with a stellar record of research accomplishments who have made significant contributions to mentoring other women in science. Seidman will receive her prize on Sept. 12, when she is scheduled to give her Flexner Discovery Lecture at Vanderbilt.
Nine members of KraftCPAs and Kraft Healthcare Consulting have earned the designation Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer (CHCO). To sit for the three-hour exam, candidates must have five or more years of compliance experience and take an extensive privacy and security officer course. Those who earned the designation are: C.J. Higgins, Alisa Howard, Scott Nalley, Gina Pruitt and Mike Wilson of KraftCPAs; and Brittney McClafferty, Scott Mertie, Katie Reid and Stacey Stuhrenberg of affiliate Kraft Healthcare Consulting.
Life CU Diamond Award
Cindy Reisz of Bass, Berry & Sims has been named the president-elect designate of the American Health Lawyers Association. She will help lead the organization over the next two years before beginning a one-year term as the national organization's president in July 2021.
Life Credit Union was recently honored with a Diamond Award for Best Website. The Diamond Awards recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit
union industry. Life Credit Union won the Best of Website Category for its 2018 website
redesign, which launched during the celebration of their 60th diamond anniversary.
The Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) has awarded Nashville Vascular & Vein Institute a maximum three stars for its active participation in the registry, which looks to improve patient safety and the quality of vascular care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments. Participating enters can earn up to three stars based on actions that lead to better patient care.
Olympic champion figure skater and Middle Tennessee resident Scott Hamilton was honored last month by You Have the Power ... Know How to Use It, Inc. (YHTP) for speaking out against a culture of silence that has enabled sexual abuse of young athletes. "This year's honoree is also a survivor triumphing both in multiple world championships, but also in his battles with cancer. And now Scott is working to support victims of abuse and amplify the national dialogue surrounding it," said Cathy Gurley, CEO of YHTP.
In the last six months, Neighborhood Health has achieved both Joint Commission accreditation and NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition, making them the only community health center in the region to accomplish this for all clinic locations.
For its leadership in optometry and care delivery, Spring Hill Eyecare has been named a 2019 Best Practices honoree by CooperVision, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. Spring Hill Eyecare is included among the 10 honorees chosen as this year's class of Best Practices after a nationwide search that began in Fall 2018.
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has chosen Our Kids for a John Seigenthaler Excellence in Media Award for the "What If I Told You?" campaign about childhood sexual abuse.
Sumner Regional Medical Center's Wound Care Center has been presented with a Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal.