2018 Hidden VUMC Figures Honorees

The 2018 Hidden VUMC Figures include:

Hidden VUMC Figures_2018
Britton; Young; Settles; Adrienne Ames (for Gabrielson)


Jesse Britton, a VUMC employee for over 55 years, was initially hired by the Anatomy/Pathology Department where he assisted pathology residents with autopsies for decades. Later, as a research assistant, he established a porcine wound model integral to Lillian Nanney’s (PhD), ongoing research program.

Martha Young joined VUMC in the Fertility and Reproductive Clinic in September 1992. At that time, she was the first and only African American nurse for several outpatient clinics and departments. She has remained in the internal medicine acute care practice for the past 21 years.

Odessa Settles joined VUMC in 1969 as a nursing assistant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She has been a part of numerous research projects leading to improved neonatal outcomes. While working in infant transport, she co-founded a clinic for infants discharged with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).

Rosamond Gabrielson arrived at VUMC in 1976 as the director of Nursing. She voiced the need to be more attentive to the value of direct care nursing. “Gabe” also recognized the distinctive contribution of advanced practice nursing and her protocols laid the groundwork for what is now known as shared governance.