"Living Angels and Medical Magicians": Last Week in Social Media

Every week, our social media team engages patients, caregivers and the public about their experiences and shares stories from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Below you'll find some of our favorite examples from last week. Click on the items to see the details.


  1. We were excited to share the story about our recent CREDO award winners. Turns out, our Facebook fans were just as proud of them as we are!
  2. Thanks are due to liver transplant recipient Ray Dayal for sharing his story. The video prompted a lot of nice comments about the second chances that the Vanderbilt Transplant Center offers to so many.
  3. We also saw a warm response to the story of Thorun Olsen and her work to knit caps for NICU newborns.
  4. A post by News and Communications staff writer Christina Echegaray about son's experience with a flattened head struck a chord with other parents whose children have worn a helmet too. Click on the photo to see the post, including photos of some equally adorable little ones.
  5. We had some great Twitter conversations this week with some of our patients and their families. Here's one of our favorites:
  6. Deanna Cunningham and her mother, Debbie, marked the 15th anniversary of Deanna's open heart surgery with an Instagram pic and a blog post. See what they had to share below:
  7. 15 years ago today I was at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital having open heart surgery. It wasn't until… http://t.co/OKRda9UVKO
    15 years ago today I was at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital having open heart surgery. It wasn't until…  http://instagram.com/p/prH-APw-sL/ 
  8. The 'Dores national baseball championship was all the talk in social media. Here were a couple of posts that especially caught our eye.
  9. Two posts on our blog for parents, Wishing Well, generated particular interest. Dr. Mary Romano, an adolescent medicine specialist, wrote about what parents can expect when their sons hit puberty, and mom Ashley Culver, a member of the News and Communications team, shared tips for managing morning sickness. 
  10. We hope you'll join the conversation! You can find a list of the official Vanderbilt University Medical Center social media platforms as well as resources, guidelines for using social media and the VUMC social media policy at the link below. Take a moment to visit our pages and see what our community is talking about. If you have questions or comments, please email the social media team at connect@vanderbilt.edu.