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In this issue: SUMMER 2010

Welcome letter
Big dreams for tiny babies
The thrill of discovery
A joint effort
Born too soon
The nature of nurture
Steeplechase benefits Children's Hospital
Friends and fashion



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Welcome letter

June 2010

Dear readers,

Modern medicine is nothing short of incredible. The care we are able to provide to the tiniest, most premature babies born here at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the best examples of how far we’ve come in the realm of pediatric medicine.

This issue of …on their way magazine explores prematurity – how we’re treating the many side effects of being born too early, research about why some babies are born too soon and how we’re collaborating with other Tennessee hospitals to ensure we give the best care to all our premature babies.

You’ll meet many of the premature babies we are caring for or have taken care of – from Becca Hill, now 2, the tiniest baby ever to be born and survive in Tennessee, to 3-year-old Joshua Speck, who still needs oxygen 22 hours a day. You’ll also become acquainted with Bill Walsh, M.D., who has served as the Children’s Hospital’s director of nurseries for nearly two decades.

We hope these stories will provide you with a better understanding of the challenges of prematurity and why we’re tirelessly working through research and patient care to give premature babies the healthy lives they deserve.


Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D.
chief executive officer and executive director

Jonathan D. Gitlin, M.D.
assistant vice chancellor for Maternal and Child Health Affairs,
James C. Overall Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
and physician-in-chief

John W. Brock III, M.D.
surgeon-in-chief and director of the Division of Pediatric Urology




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The nature of nurture By Jessica Ennis