Health Sciences at Belmont University


Nursing Students, Faculty Support March of Dimes

Nursing students pictured left to right are Tiffany Jenkins, Erin Pettepher, Patrick Haltom, Emily Graehler and Elaine Seneff.

Nursing students pictured left to right are Tiffany Jenkins, Erin Pettepher, Patrick Haltom, Emily Graehler and Elaine Seneff.

Belmont School of Nursing students and faculty participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies on April 13 at LP Field. The walk raises awareness and funding for the March of Dimes work to support community programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The March of Dimes also funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies. The March for Babies has been going since 1970 and raised over $2 billion. Nine nursing students and two faculty members participated in the walk. The students were led by senior Patrick Haltom and were sponsored by Assistant Professor of Nursing Angela Lane and Instructor of Nursing Barb Padovich. The Belmont Nursing team raised $1,160 for March of Dimes.


Belmont Announces Formation of Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame

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First inductees to be announced at McWhorter Society Luncheon May 1

With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the healthcare industry, Belmont University announced today the formation of a new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame. Sponsored by Belmont’s McWhorter Society, the Healthcare Hall of Fame will announce its first inductees at the McWhorter Society Annual Luncheon on May 1 on Belmont’s campus.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns, co-chair of the McWhorter Society, said, “Tennessee has become a premier hub for healthcare and healthcare education in the United States. It’s only appropriate that we recognize and honor the countless men and women who have contributed to the growth of the industry, creating ever higher standards for patient care and well-being. With Belmont’s strong interdisciplinary programming in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, healthcare business and pharmacy, we’re proud to host this new Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame as these leaders can inspire our students for generations to come.”


Nursing students reach out to serve Nashville’s homeless

NCF Safe HavenMembers 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.


College of Health Sciences and College of Pharmacy to partner in Haiti with LiveBeyond

CIMG1313-300x225During his recent visit to Thomazeau, Haiti, College of Pharmacy Dean Phil Johnston visited villages with LiveBeyond workers and a Belmont delegation to aid and dispense medications to a woman in postpartum, a father with high blood pressure, a small boy with worms and a man with a hip injury. The most powerful experience of them all was when a man who received medical attention sang a Christian hymn in Creole as his Voodoo-practicing neighbors gathered around and listened.

“It was like watching a Bible story about caring for the least of these,” Johnston said.

He, along with College of Health Sciences & Nursing Dean Cathy Taylor and Nursing Assistant Professor Robin Cobb, visited LiveBeyond’s base in Haiti last week to identify areas of student mission participation and to flush out unique partnerships between the University and the nonprofit organization that would allow Belmont


Dr. Harry Jacobson, healthcare investor and former CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center to speak at Belmont Friday

HarryJacobsonDr. Harry Jacobson, Chairman of MedCare Investment Funds and a founding partner of Tristar Technology Ventures, will present a public lecture at Belmont University this Friday morning, February 7.  He will speak on healthcare innovation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in McWhorter Hall Room 114, and the event is open to the public.   The lecture is sponsored by the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing as part of their Diagnosing Our Future Speaker Series.

MedCare and its affiliated entities manage approximately $1 billion in assets, the substantial majority of which are related to the medical and healthcare services industry.  Currently MedCare has a portfolio of fifteen healthcare companies representing most sectors of the industry including services, information technologies, medical devices, pharm and biotechnology. All of MedCare’s investments are targeted to companies bringing innovation to health care.

Dr. Jacobson is former Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).


Belmont student named March of Dimes Student Nurse of theYear


Left to right are Kelsey Maguire, Assistant Professor and Director of the College of Health Sciences Simulation Beth Hallmark and Patrick Haltom at the March of Dimes event.

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.


Nursing faculty help Health Sciences Academy with HCA Grant

MurabitoSmallRosedaleSmallTwo 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.


McWhorter Society Scholars Announced


Pictured are (from L to R) Dean Pat Raines, student pharmacist Jessica Brinkley, Roland Achenjang, Healthcare MBA student, Mr. McWhorter, MBA student Jacqueline Youde, Dean Cathy Taylor, Student pharmacist Emily Doss, Nursing student Kelsey Maguire, and Dean Phil Johnston. Not pictured is Lauren Moss, who is a student in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program.

Belmont University introduced the first six McWhorter Society Scholars on Dec. 4.  The McWhorter Society, which was formed earlier this year, consists of members of the Nashville area community who are engaged in healthcare and the business of healthcare, and who choose to support future healthcare professionals from Belmont University.

The society is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter whose leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of health care. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services.

McWhorter was introduced to the newest scholars to hear their Belmont stories and how they intend to use the degrees they are pursuing at Belmont.  Recipients included the following Belmont students.


School of Nursing hosts Nursing Workforce Meeting

WorkforceMeeting1Belmont University School of Nursing hosted a statewide meeting of nurse leaders this week determined to learn more about Tennessee’s existing nursing workforce needs and to predict and plan for future needs.  “This is important work. Since budget cuts eliminated the Tennessee Center for Nursing in 2010, comprehensive workforce data have been scant,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing. Noting the importance of robust data to be used to improve health and provide better care for all Tennesseans, the Nursing Workforce Analysis Conference was sponsored by East Tennessee State University and brought together nurse educators, practitioners, and researchers from the public and private sector, and government and non-government agencies from throughout the state.   Dr. Linda Flynn, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado, was the featured speaker for the event.  Dr. Taylor and Dr. Martha Buckner, Associate Dean in the School of Nursing, represented Belmont at the meeting.  Pictured from left to right are Dr. Buckner, Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at ETSU, Dr. Flynn and Dr. Taylor.



Health Sciences students and faculty lend expertise at Williamson County Fall Awareness and Prevention event


Daniel Teague, a second year doctoral student in the School of Occupational Therapy, provides information at the Fall Awareness and Prevention event.

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.  Nationally, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over, and the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. 

In light of these findings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), faculty and students from the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing lent their expertise to the public last week at a Fall Awareness and Prevention event hosted by Williamson County Parks and Recreation.   Health professionals from each discipline in the College were on hand to assist seniors with strategies to keep active and falls free:  ideas about effective home modifications and the use of assistive devices from the School of Occupational Therapy, counsel on the proper use of medications from the School of Nursing, information on community resources from the Social Work Department, and suggestions on shoe wear and exercises to increase flexibility, mobility and strength from the School of Physical Therapy.

“This was a great opportunity for our college’s faculty and students to work together in serving the seniors in our local community with ideas for preventing falls”, said Dr. Debra Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, who coordinated Belmont’s participation in the event.