Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee Collaborate on a 'Value-Based' Health Care network

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Medical Center have formed a partnership to improve the quality of and reduce costs for health care across the state, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. The partnership will include teaching hospitals, with 87 practices and more than 1,000 providers in University Health Network, plus the 13 health systems, 67 hospitals, more than 350 practices and more than 5,000 providers in the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. The collaboration will function on a ‘value-based’ model where hospitals, doctors and other providers are paid based on the outcomes of their patients.

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Vanderbilt to Open Transgender Health Clinic

Vanderbilt Health will open the new Clinic for Transgender Health on Aug. 24, providing comprehensive health care services for transgender patients age 18 and older, according to a press release on its website. Services offered at the clinic will include hormone therapy, lab monitoring and pre- and post-operative guidance with plans to add a mental health provider. While Friday afternoons will be reserved specifically for transgender health care, the clinic will provide comprehensive primary care to LGBT patients during regular clinic hours, including immunizations, HIV prevention and cancer screenings. The clinic will focus on surgical patients one Friday a month.

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Former Vandy Football Player Sues School in Concussion Suit

Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Walthour is suing the university, the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA after allegedly suffering numerous concussions during his time with the program. His suit, which includes claims of negligence and breach of contract, seeks damages for medical expenses and more. The lawsuit is one of six filed nationwide by the Houston firm Raizner Slania, Nashville Post reports

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Vanderbilt Law Students Receive Humanitarian Fund Awards

Three Vanderbilt Law School students are among 40 receiving scholarships from the Nichols Humanitarian Fund to pursue humanitarian projects this summer. The recipients were: Rachel Z. Johnson of Temple, Texas; Olivia Marshall of Washington, D.C.; and Alexandre Todorov of St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Cory Batey Retrial Underway in Nashville

The retrial of former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey began today in Nashville, WSMV reports. Batey’s trial has been severed from Brandon Vandenburg, who is also facing charges for an alleged rape inside a campus dorm room in 2013. Courtney Teasley, a new member of Batey’s defense team, told the jury that Batey was drunk and acted “as a puppet following commands from his teammates” during the incident. Batey and Vandenburg were found guilty in 2014 on multiple charges including aggravated rape. 

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Jury Selection Begins in Batey Trial

Jury selection for the trial of former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey began this morning in Chattanooga after a judge denied Batey's request for a new attorney, WVTF reports. More than 100 potential jurors were dismissed. The trial is set to begin Monday for only Batey after it was announced yesterday that Brandon Vandenburg, accused along with Batey of sexual assault, will have a separate trial. Advocates for sexual assault victims have expressed concern to WSMV over the latest developments in the trial. “It could make our criminal justice system look very daunting for a survivor,” said Verna Wyatt with Tennessee Voices for Victims. 

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Cory Batey to Stand Trial Alone, Set for Monday

Judge Monte Watkins today ruled that Corey Batey, one of four men charged with raping an unconscious woman at Vanderbilt University in 2013, will stand trial alone. Worrick Robinson, Batey’s attorney, said today that a judge granted a request to delay Brandon Vandenburg’s trial because of “personal issues.” Robinson then filed an emergency motion to delay the trial for Batey, but Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman argued the trial “would not be significantly different for Batey alone.” The Tennessean reports jury selection will begin Wednesday in Chattanooga and Batey’s trial is expected to start Monday. Judge Watkins last year granted a mistrial for Batey and Vandenburg due to a juror’s conduct.

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Attorneys Meet to Discuss Scheduling in Vanderbilt Trial

Jury selection in the new trial of two former Vanderbilt football players accused of rape is scheduled to begin later this month in Chattanooga, WSMV reports. Attorneys in the case met today to discuss scheduling. The selected jury will travel to Nashville for the trial scheduled to begin April 4. A new trial was declared for defendants Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg in June 2015.

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