VUMC-VU Separation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University are now separate entities effective April 30, 2016. The information below addresses giving-related questions that may arise as a result of the separation. 

We are here to help our donors and friends navigate this transition and ensure that this process is as seamless as possible. Need more information on giving as it relates to the separation? Please contact us at vumcdevstewardship@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 343-4467.


Why are Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University now two distinct financial entities?

Fundamental changes in U.S. health care economics drive the need for this structural adjustment. As the Medical Center continues to grow in excellence, it must adopt management structures and practices that enhance its ability to act nimbly and independently in a rapidly changing health care environment. By adapting, we can ensure that Vanderilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University not only continue but also enhance their extraordinary service to the world and care of our patients.

This announcement explains more about the reasoning behind the separation.


Which entities fall under Vanderbilt University Medical Center? What about Vanderbilt University?

An overview is provided below, and a full listing of units in each area can be found here. For additional information, please email vumcdevstewardship@vanderbilt.edu.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • VUMC will support all facilities and programs providing health care, including all campus hospitals (Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital), the Vanderbilt Clinics and all off-campus clinical programs and facilities.
  • VUMC will continue to fully support research and educational activities of the School of Medicine clinical departments, Graduate Medical Education (residencies and fellowships) and clinically related centers and institutes.

Vanderbilt University

  • Athletics
  • All 10 schools: College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, Divinity School, School of Engineering, Graduate School, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development
  • Vanderbilt University will play a greater role in supporting the M.D. and Ph.D. granting programs of the School of Medicine, its basic science programs and the academic programs in the School of Nursing.


If I want to make a gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center or to Vanderbilt University, what should I do?

To support VUMC, please visit VanderbiltHealth.org/giving. Please visit giving.vanderbilt.edu/ways-to-give to learn about various options for making a gift to Vanderbilt University. Thank you for your support!



If i support both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University, do I need to change the way I make my gifts?

Going forward, donors will need to make separate gifts to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University. In the past, one check or one credit card transaction could support both; however, because the institutions are now financially distinct, donors who wish to support both VUMC and Vanderbilt will need to make separate gifts to each institution.



If I support an existing endowment, should I expect changes as a result of this separation?

All existing endowed funds as of the legal separation date (April 30, 2016) will continue to be managed by Vanderbilt University and will continue to impact the area of donor designation. Established endowments that support Medical Center purposes will continue to fund areas at VUMC through a granting process. If a donor to an established endowment housed at Vanderbilt but benefiting a VUMC purpose wishes to provide additional endowment support, the donor will be able to establish a new endowment at VUMC.



If I wish to support Vanderbilt University Medical Center through endowment, who should I contact?

Please contact Chris Collins, vice president for VUMC Development, at (615) 875-2670 or email christopher.j.collins@vumc.org.



If I give to VUMC through stock, should I take action now?

Donors supporting Vanderbilt University Medical Center through stock gifts will receive new instructions about transfer authorizations and brokerage accounts in May.



If I am an employee with a payroll deduction, what should I do to ensure my giving continues?

In general, Vanderbilt employees who wish to support VUMC and VUMC employees who wish to support the University will need to make gifts outside of payroll deduction. Payroll deduction options will only support the institution where the donor is employed. To make gifts benefitting the Medical Center, please contact VUMC Gift and Donor Services at (855) 521-9827. To make gifts benefitting Vanderbilt University, please contact VU Gift and Donor Services at (615) 322-2979.



I can't remember who my new Development contact is where should I begin?

Please email vumcdevstewardship@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 343-4467, and a representative from Development will connect you with the appropriate contact at Vanderbilt University Medical Center or Vanderbilt University.



I have some specific questions about my giving as a result of the separation. Where should I direct those questions?

Please email vumcdevstewardship@vanderbilt.edu or call (615) 343-4467, and a representative from Development will connect you with the appropriate contact at Vanderbilt University Medical Center or Vanderbilt University.