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UMC honoring nurses for National Nurses Week
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

University Medical Center (UMC) will give special attention to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to healing others during National Nurses Week.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6 — also known as National Nurses Day — and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.

The theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care,” which was designated by the American Nurses Association. 

Continually at the bedside, nurses make their patients’ well-being a priority and regularly develop innovative solutions to enhance care. 

Their ongoing commitment to quality is what moves health care forward — what often begins as a solution for one patient, becomes an advancement that benefits countless others.

“Nurses play an essential role in enhancing patient care, increasing access, coordinating care and reducing health care costs,” said Denise Sikes, Chief Nursing Executive. “They are at the forefront of innovation every day, and they deserve special recognition. We want them to know how much we value their hard work and commitment to superior patient care — honoring them is what this week is all about.”

 “All of us at University Medical Center want to thank our outstanding nurses who work tirelessly to ensure the health and welfare of our patients,” said Matt Caldwell, University Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “We’d like to thank them for their professionalism, their commitment to the highest standards, and their undying dedication to those they serve.”

About University Medical Center

University Medical Center is a 245-bed, two-campus acute health care facility with over 230 physicians on staff. 

The hospital has approximately 800 full and part-time employees and is the sole provider of health care service in Wilson County, Tennessee.  

University Medical Center is the first hospital in the Tennessee to feature the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.  

The hospital provides 24-hour emergency services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services along with intensive care and telemetry services. 

Our Diagnostic Imaging services include basic radiography, digital fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and mammography.  

University Medical Center’s Rehabilitation services include an inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as outpatient, physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapies.  

Specialties include: Orthopedics - featuring RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology – Accredited Chest Pain Center, Neurology, General and Bariatric Surgery, Psychiatry, ENT, Urology, and Women’s and Children’s service lines.  

University Medical Center is proud to be owned and operated by Health Management Associates, Inc. of Naples, Florida.

In 2009, construction was completed on the $26 million, four-story patient tower that offers 60 new private patient rooms.  

The 77,000 square foot facility provides state of the art health care for Wilson County. 

The multi-specialty Surgery Center opened in February 2011.

Clearview Estates Burglars caught
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After dedicating investigative resources to determine who was responsible for burglarizing homes in the Clearview Estates neighborhood, Mt. Juliet Police have captured the daytime burglars. 

On Wednesday, April 24, an anonymous tip led to the possible identities of the burglars after a tipster saw a local news story on Nashville’s WSMV – Channel 4 about the break-ins. Mt. Juliet Police detectives identified the possible offenders as Christopher Bly, 39, and Keaton Garner, 21, both of Nashville. They were tracked down in Tunica, Mississippi, and undercover officers from Mt. Juliet were able to locate the criminal duo’s vehicle. The vehicle, owned by Bly, matched the description of the burglary suspect vehicle perfectly. Surveillance was established on the vehicle, and the suspects were followed back from Mississippi to Nashville on Thursday, April 25. When they arrived in Nashville, they were apprehended on an existing warrant from Coffee County, Tennessee at a home on Shauna Drive in Nashville with the assistance from Metro-Nashville Police.

School board holds final interviews for director
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sabrina Garrett

Special to The Chronicle

A new Director of Schools will be named at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

Luminaria event to be held at Relay for Life
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, Mt. Juliet will host its 4th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life.  

This event honors and remembers those touched by cancer.  

It will be held at the walking track of Charlie Daniels Park. 

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. 

This is a free event and the public is welcomed to attend. 

There will be plenty of food, live music, games and fun.  

Family, friends, co-workers and loved ones are invited to participate in this heartwarming event.  

Everyone has an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones and friends that have been affected by cancer.  

You can take part in the fight against this disease that claims so many lives. 

At 9 p.m. on May 17, there will be a special Luminaria Ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. 

Hundreds of candles will be lit around the track. 

It is one of the most special and moving moments of Relay For Life.  

Everyone gathers around to pay tribute and remember those lost to cancer, support those still fighting cancer and rejoice with those who have fought the disease and won. 

This ceremony symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight.    

For a minimum donation of $10, you may purchase a white bag with a candle in the bottom “In Honor” or “In Memory” of your loved one touched by cancer. 

Each of these bags will be placed around the track. 

For a minimum donation of $100, a special “Torch of Hope” may be purchased “In Honor” or “In Memory” of your loved one.  

Each torch is adorned with a beautiful keepsake plaque engraved with the Relay For Life logo, the name of the person being honored and the name of the person the torch was given by. 

The torches will be placed near the stage for all to see. 

For a $250 donation, you may sponsor a letter in the word HOPE, which will be spelled out with the luminaria bags and placed in the bleachers.    

Luminaria order forms are available at Mt. Juliet City Hall in the Administration Office. You may also order online at  If you would like a special message included on the luminaria bag, please order online or contact Laura Wahl at (615) 779-8959 for more information.  For general event information, please visit the website or contact our Event Chair, Sidney Payne at (615) 758-6232 or our American Cancer Society staff partner, Christina Covey at (615) 341-7314.    

Vol State Art Exhibit
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Vol State Student Art Exhibit will be on display in the Great Hall Gallery, Ramer Administration Building, April 22 – May 4, 2013. This is a juried competition sponsored by Arts Alive! and the Vol State Art Department.

Out of more than 350 works submitted to this year’s competition, 122 were juried into the show. Yvonne Petkus, Professor of Art, Western Kentucky State University, juried the show.

A Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 1, 12:30 – 1:30pm, in the Great Hall, Ramer Building. In addition to the Art Awards, awards for excellence in Squatters’ Rites, the student literary magazine, Number One, Vol State’s professional literary magazine, the Hal. R. Ramer Oratorical Contest and the Elkin Brown Memorial award will be presented. The Reception is free and open to the public.

This event presents a great opportunity to recognize and cultivate the creative talents of students in our area.

This Years Art Honorees:

Purchase Award

 Pam Nixon: A Slice of Verde

Juror’s Awards

Jon Ausbrooks: Alphabet for Abraxas

Jon Ausbrooks: Kephera Rising

Jesslyn Carver: What’s Up, Petri?

Manon Lane: Forecast: 20% Chance of Rain and Where’s the Love

Pam Nixon: Into the Night

Merit Awards

Jesslyn Carver: Warm Light

Kera Malone: Lady in the Drawing

Heather Spalding: Mixed Metaphor

Honorable Mention

Jon Ausbrooks: Spring Scarab Topography

Joshua Freiberger: Equilibrium

Alyssa Fullerton: Seniorita

Jeremiah Mathis: Shoulder Lake

Heather Spalding: Empty

Scholarship Awards

Alyssa Fullerton, who was awarded the one-semester tuition scholarship based on her portfolio.

Jessica Shaw, who was awarded a $300 materials scholarship. 

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