2019 Donor Impact Report

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Your generous giving truly makes
a lasting impact. Thank you for making a difference!

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we believe nothing is more important than your health and the well-being of those you love — that’s why we’re defining the highest standard of personalized care.

Thanks to your partnership, Vanderbilt is the distinctive, go-to resource for millions of patients and families living across our region and beyond.

We couldn’t do it without you.
You help advance our mission to be a global leader in innovative research, high-impact clinical training and comprehensive patient care. Throughout these pages, you will see the impact of your giving and learn about defining moments for patients who have had their lives changed by the care they received — care that is made possible because of supporters like you.

With gratitude,
Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dean,
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


“Because of your support, we are able to care for those who need us as if they were part of our own family."




Rickey Buggs

Rickey was born with sickle cell disease. His mother, Lametra, says that without Children’s Hospital, parents like her would be at a loss for how to handle the day-to-day challenges of managing the disease.

Larry Hill

As a veteran and former U.S. Navy deep-sea diver, Larry Hill was no stranger to overcoming obstacles. But when his kidneys began to lose function, he realized that one of his toughest challenges might lie ahead and turned to Vanderbilt Health for help.


The Barbours

Richard Barbour underwent a double lung transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After the procedure, he became passionate about helping others, along with his wife Betsy who was able to make a generous gift on behalf of the great care he received.

Ron Duncan

At 53, Ron Duncan started having abdominal pain. What he thought was just a hernia was much more serious, leaving him gripped with fear. Thankfully, he found hope at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Children’s Hospital Expansion

To better serve the ever-growing number of families moving to the area, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been on the rise — literally. The recent expansion includes the addition of four new floors, the first of which opened just a few months ago.


Your Generosity in Action

Thanks to your dedicated support, this year Vanderbilt Health has led the way in innovative care, research and clinical training. We’re creating a healthier tomorrow because of you, and 100% of each dollar raised goes directly to making a difference for patients.