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Arun Christian Habermann, AB, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was recently recognized by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation during the PFF Summit in San Antonio for his poster presentation "Single-cell Analysis of Lung Epithelial Remodeling in Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Father John Raphael, staff chaplain at Saint Thomas West Hospital, has been named North America's best chaplain by the Catholic Medical Association. In addition to ministering to the hospital's patients and employees, Father Raphael divides his busy schedule between counseling medical students, writing published pieces on cultural issues, and serving on the hospital ethics committee. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and two master's degrees - one from DeSales School of Theology and one from the University of San Francisco.

Susie Adams, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been named 2019 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). APNA is the largest organization of psychiatric mental health nurses in the world, with more than 12,500 members.

Beth Chase has been renamed chair for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board of Directors. She will lead the 31-person board, which includes seven new directors. Bill Brown and Michael Burcham are among the new appointees with healthcare industry ties.

Tennessee Quality Care, a division of Franklin-based American Health Partners (AHP) received the Fazzi 2019 Home Care Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction for being in the top 25 percent in patient surveys from Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS). In other news, AHP Director of Talent Acquisition Anita Moore Lemmings was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2019 Human Resources Professional Award from the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management.

Heather Pua, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt, has received a 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award. The award, part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, is designed to support "unusually innovative research from early career investigators." Pua will explore a new form of cell signaling involving ribonucleic acids (RNAs) in allergic airway inflammation. She is one of 60 investigators to receive the 2019 award, which provides $1.5 million in direct research support over five years.

Mike Mayernick, wealth management advisor at Mayernick & Associates with Northwestern Mutual in Nashville, won the 2019 Invest in Others Global Impact Award, one of five national community service awards recently presented at the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards Gala in Boston. Mayernick earned the honor for his charitable work with Love One International, which received a $45,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.

Betsy Weiner, PhD, FACMI, FAAN, senior associate dean for Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, was recently honored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine with its Nursing Informatics award during the organization's Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. Weiner received the award in recognition of her contributions to the field of informatics and innovation in developing nursing education technology.

TriStar Ashland City Medical Center was recently recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.