Elevate Team Award Winners

VUMC Teams are critical to our overall success. We rely on teams to accomplish the work of VUMC on a daily basis. Some of our teams are organizationally based (e.g. department, unit, clinic, etc.) and some of our teams are cross-functional, meaning people working together from two or more departments or job functions to work on a targeted need (clinical, product, change, problem, process improvement, etc.).

To recognize the efforts of two or more people linked to a common purpose working together in a shared practice, purpose, project or initiative, whose combined efforts deliberately made a change, improved a process, solved a problem or advanced our culture. The team efforts must exemplify the Credo behaviors in achieving their common purpose.


May 2024 - GME Self Study Team, Team Leads - Amanda Matthews, MD, Shayan Rakhit, MD, and Austin Tiphold, MD

January 2024 - Ambulatory Barcode Medication Administration Implementation Team, Team Lead - Krystle Suszter, RN, MSN

August 2023 - MyHealth Bundles Team, Team Leads - C.J. Stimson, MD & Brittany Cunningham, DNP

February 2023 - NPH Protocol Team, Team Lead - Lealani Mae Acosta, MD

November 2022 - Patient Flow Discharge Lounge Team, Team Leads - Schiara Gonzalez Parker & Kalli Witker

August 2022 - VUH Radiology Command Center Team, Team Lead - Laveil Allen, MD

May 2022

February 2022 - Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, Team Lead - Buddy Creech, MD

November 2021 - VUH 8S Electrolyte Protocol Project Committee, Team Lead - Andrew Ezell, BSN

August 2021 - COVID Mass Vaccination Team, Team Leads - Lindsay Miller, MSN, John Morris, MD

May 2021 - VUMC Child and Family Center - Patterson Team, Team Leads - LeAnn Cole, Elizabeth Ervin, Montreia Hardison

February 2021 - VUMC Infection Prevention Team, Team Leads - Tom Talbot, MD, Vicki Brinsko Maddox, MSN, Mary DeVault, MSN

October 2020 - COVIDRX Team, Team Leads - Patty Wright, MD and Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD

August 2020 

February 2020 - NICU Interdisciplinary Mock Code Team, Team Lead - Jordan Bennett

November 2019 - Office of Outpatient Referral Assistance
Team Lead - Susan Roy

August 2019 - Undiagnosed Diseases Network
Team Lead - Rizwan Hamid & Anna Bican

June 2019 - Valet Parking Team 
Team Lead - Jason Bucher

November 2018 - Program for Children with Medically Complex Needs
Team Lead - David Hall, MD

May 2018 - PACU Prescription Workflow Team
Team Leads - LeighAnn Chadwell & Priscilla Mooney

December 2017 - Flulapalooza Team
Team Lead - Catherine Qian

August 2017 - Intrathecal Pump Database Team
Team Leads - Lindsay Ford, Christopher Sobey, Jim Zhang

November 2016 - Code Yellow Team
Team Leads - Caroline Epps, RN, Quality Consultant - PM&I, Dr. Howard Katzenstein, Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Janet Fuller, RN, Assistant Manager Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, Dr. Leslie Burton, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Corrie Berry, RN, Manager, Pediatric Emergency Department

May 2016 - ICD-10 Transition Team 
Team Leads - Theresa Zuckowsky, MMHC, IT Program Director ICD-10, HealthIT and Debora Bohlen, CPC, MMHC, Administrative Director ICD-10 Transition, Finance Department

November 2015 - House Staff Choosing Wisely Steering Committee
Team Leads - Meghan Kapp, MD, Chief Resident, Pathology and Wade Iams, MD, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine