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June 26, 2020

Image with caption: Tom O'Connor

Tom O'Connor

UNMC retiree Tom O'Connor shares UNMC memories on podcast

Tom O'Connor, longtime public relations professional at UNMC, joined the Boomer Radio Network earlier this month for an hour-long chat, interspersed with music, that included stories about his life and his career, including his time at UNMC.

O'Connor, who retired earlier this year, spent 32 years at UNMC.

Listen to O'Connor speak with host Jack Swanda on the podcast.

Vaughn named VP of operations at Bellevue Medical Center

Effective July 1, Kelly Vaughn, director of surgical services at Nebraska Medicine, will become the new vice president of operations at Bellevue Medical Center. It was announced in February that Sue Nuss, Ph.D., who is currently in this position, would devote her time to her chief nursing officer responsibilities and as part of the NExT project, develop a network of post-acute partners for the system.

Vaughn has worked for the organization for more than 20 years. She began her career as a patient care technician in April 1998, moving onto staff nurse positions at Nebraska Medical Center, before moving into leadership in October 2009, as an associate nurse manager for the Adult Progressive Care Unit. She went onto manage the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and later Endoscopy Services before assuming her current director position in May 2015.

"Kelly has experience in the inpatient, procedural and ambulatory surgical arenas," Dr. Nuss said. "Over the years, she's demonstrated her ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues and providers. I feel confident handing over the reins to Kelly."

"I believe Kelly will do an exceptional job leading Bellevue Medical Center," said Jim Linder, M.D., CEO. "She understands the important role the hospital plays in serving the Bellevue community. Kelly has demonstrated her commitment to the success of our organization. I am excited to see her assume this role as I know she'll do a great job."

Fire alarm testing begins July 2

UNMC will be conducting fire alarm testing in various buildings on campus beginning July 2. Please see the schedule for building locations and times. Strobes and fire alarms may sound during testing in the affected areas. Questions can be directed to Jason Carper at 402-888-0642 or Marvin Olson at 402-510-7245.

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