2020 Hidden VUMC Figures Honorees


The 2020 Hidden VUMC Figures include:

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Lula Tucker


Gladys Smith, in her five decades of service to Vanderbilt, most of it in the News and Communications department, has been integral to telling the story of VUMC to the world. Whether it was making sure babies' births were registered properly, preparing accurate information for employees about events at the Medical Center,assisting a New York Times or CBS News reporter working on a story, or helping her News and Communications colleagues with administrative support, Gladys Smith has been an invaluable team member of Vanderbilt and supporter of its mission for 50 years.

Shirley Holland (Ms. Shirley) graduated LPN school on March 16, 1969 and was hired at Vanderbilt University Medical Center two days later. She began her career in the NICU,was trained by Dr. Mildred Stahlman, and provided manual ventilation for newborns. She was an original nurse for the Angel Transport team. After the NICU, Ms. Shirley worked in the Newborn Nursery for many years before transferring to Pediatric Primary Care. As her career progressed. Ms. Shirley was one of those nurses who instantly knew which babies were sick and which were not. Her keen abilities saved a lot of lives.

Ed Mitchel has excelled in his contributions to multiple research projects dealing with medication use and safety using large linked databases. Ed implements research protocols by designing programs to extract and organize data and make it accessible to his colleagues. Ed's substantial contributions to multiple research teams is reflected in more than 100 publications. Ed has also demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the success of his projects and to Vanderbilt, where he is approaching the 50-year mark! He is an institutional asset who has left a lasting legacy and is currently training the next generation of computer scientists.

Lula Tucker graduated from a technologist school on West End and, upon obtaining her state certification, she became a full-time laboratory technician in the late 1950’s in the Endocrinology Laboratory (which was measuring both research and clinical samples). She continued in the Endocrinology Laboratory while it was in the Division of Endocrinology and then when it transitioned to the Department of Pathology. She worked at Vanderbilt for more than 40 years as key member of the Endocrinology Laboratory measuring a variety of hormones. After her retirement, Lula continued her VUMC association by volunteering with the Vanderbilt Credit Union.