Members of Belmont University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) recently gathered to fill 62 boxes with school supplies and treats for the children of Safe Haven. The students asked for donation of fun age appropriate items and treats and the students gathered to wrap and fill the boxes; making the event a great time to spend with one another while serving others!
Safe Haven is a mission serving vulnerable populations with research-grounded, holistic methods. It is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the whole homeless family. Executive director, Joyce Lavery, states that “Safe Haven is about preventing, reducing, and intervening in family homelessness with evidence-based and community-based solutions; moving the family from homelessness to self-sufficiency.” Currently there are 22 children at Safe Haven ranging from 2 months to 22 years of age, living in a beautiful new facility that houses up to six families at a time.
Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship has been involved in missions serving the community of Nashville and abroad since its beginning in 2011. The great success of this event and the many charitable events led by this group of students is truly a testament to the vibrant community of generous hearts present in Belmont University's School of Nursing. The students of Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship would also like to thank the many faculty throughout the College of Health Sciences whose donations made this event possible.
Dr. Mike Voight, Professor of Physical Therapy, has been recognized as a Pink Tie Guy by the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest organization fighting breast cancer. The recognition was made at a Komen celebration dinner this week that honored a group of ten individuals from middle Tennessee this year.
The Pink Tie Program features influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement. Pink Tie Guys bring a male voice to the urgency of finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Mike is the perfect Pink Tie Guy,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the College of Health Sciences. She added, “His positive energy is contagious, and he has worked tirelessly to mobilize others to race for the cure. We are so proud of his accomplishments and appreciate our Komen partners for rewarding his work in this way.”
Dr. Voight is the force behind Belmont’s annual participation in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Each year, over 100 students and alumni from the School of Physical Therapy volunteer to provide the main logistical support for the race. Komen International recognized Belmont University and the School of Physical Therapy last summer as the Volunteer Group of the Year for their service.
On Tuesday, February 18, 70 physical therapy students along with 4 PT faculty participated in the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Day on the Hill. They attended a session that covered an introduction to the legislative process, how to visit with a legislator, and how to become an advocate for the physical therapy profession. State Senator Doug Overbey spoke with them on the importance of getting to know their legislators. The students were then given a guided tour of the Legislative Plaza and the Tennessee State Capitol.
Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, was recently selected as a member of the 2014 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system.
“It is an honor to be selected as a 2014 Council Fellow, and I am eager to expand my knowledge and network with others in the health care field,” Taylor said. “The Fellows class is an elite group of industry leaders, and I consider it a privilege to learn from and alongside each of them.”
The 2014 class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 32 of the nation’s top health care executives.
Belmont nursing student Patrick Haltom was recently honored as Student Nurse of the Year at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards held Dec. 10 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. This event recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care across several nursing specialties.
“These nurses are very deserving of this honor, and we are pleased to play a role in saluting these patient champions for the care they provide daily,” said Susan Peach, chief executive officer of Highpoint Health System and chairwoman of the Nurse of the Year Event.
Haltom was one of 16 Middle Tennessee nurses to receive top honors at the March of Dimes event. More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide including 160 in the Middle Tennessee area, including Belmont senior Kelsey Maguire. Winners were determined by a selection committee that included health care professionals.
Second year Physical Therapy student Ashley Barrett recently was completing one of her clinical affiliations by working with a home health therapist, Dr. Maritza Garcia Williams, a Belmont DPT alumnus (’02). The two of them were working with an individual with multiple sclerosis who was confined to a wheelchair. In addition to exercises and mobility training, they worked to determine an emergency exit plan from his home, as he was alone most of the day and unable to get his wheelchair out of the house.
Since Ashley’s grandfather was in construction, she both recruited his help to build a ramp and ensured that the cost of the supplies was covered. After receiving permission from the patient and measurements needed for the ramps, Ashley and her grandparents went to the patient’s home and installed the ramp.
When Dr. Williams arrived at the patient’s home for the next therapy session, the patient actually met her outside. Dr. Williams shared that “This is the first time in five years that he has been able to exit his home, easily and quickly, without assistance. For him, this is major!”
Two faculty members from Belmont University School of Nursing recently assisted Hillwood High School’s Academy of Health Sciences in securing a $100,000 grant from the HCA Foundation made on behalf of the HCA/TriStar Family of Hospitals. The School of Nursing is a PENCIL partner with the Academy. Belmont faculty and students volunteer time to provide guidance to the school’s administration and career advice to its students. The PENCIL Foundation helps link community resources with Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Dr. Sandy Murabito, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Sandra Rosedale, Clinical Placement Coordinator for the School of Nursing, provided significant assistance in writing the grant application. Murabito is the school’s PTO president and Rosedale serves on the Academy’s advisory board.