Carilion Clinic Blogs

Art is in the Air at Carilion

Among the many guests with whom I had moving conversations this past weekend was a handsome young man who came up to me and pointed out an extensive scar. "I know it will sound crazy at first," he said, "but I wanted you to see that I survived this injury and got 77 stitches. I had been touch-and-go for 7 minutes, in the emergency room, back when this happened, but the angels helped me stay. I say angels because when the accident happened and I was unconscious, I saw 7 angels. So you can see that 7 is my lucky number, or that's how I see it. And the only thing as lucky as 7 in a long time is getting to see your art here."

 

Will these videos change your end-of-life plan?

It is perhaps one of the most difficult conversations between a doctor and a dying patient. How much should we do to keep you alive? Some health providers are trying a new approach - using frank, detailed videos describing advanced life-prolonging measures such as CPR and ventilators to help patients and their families make informed decisions.

Congratulations to the winners of Carilion Clinic's first employee art show!

As part of the Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, Carilion partnered with the National Arts Program to sponsor its first employee art show. 165 Carilion employees, volunteers and immediate family members submitted 271 pieces.  The display of creativity and talent was amazing! Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.  See for yourself, and hear from some of the winners and judges.  Voting for the People's Choice Award continues through June 15th.

Celebrate Carilion Giles Communty Hospital's 4th Anniversary this Sunday, June 1st

The new Carilion Giles Community Hospital (CGCH), completed on Hartley Way in May of 2010,  has been proudly serving the residents of Giles County and the surrounding region with quality care for four years.  To celebrate this milestone, CGCH is joining with the Giles Arts Council to present an anniversary celebration in the hospital lobby on June 1st, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  The celebration will feature the outstanding work of Giles County Public Schools winning artists.

Honey Flows by Jane Lillian Vance

I saw a beautiful young woman standing at a distance from me as I worked. I noticed her watching several interactions. Eventually, I asked if she were an artist--and she approached, barely able to hold herself together, and introduced herself. She was the oldest grandchild and her hero (grandfather) was dying. We had an amazing talk. She asked if I would accompany her upstairs to visit her grandfather, and I considered it a tremendous honor. He was surrounded by family and we had healing arts connections we enjoyed sharing with one another.

Does This Work? by Jude Prashaw

This morning I put on a gown and gloves and walked into her room in pediatrics. She is 17, two hours away from home and all alone. Now and then she winced in pain, not quite recovered from a recent surgery. “I don’t know what to make”, she said, as I handed her a lump of clay.  “Anything you want,” I told her. She pressed and molded the clay and soon a small figure with long hair appeared, soft and delicate and faceless. “It’s lovely,” I said. “I will put your figure into my boat that is in the lobby,” I told her; she will be a passenger in Hope Floats. I gathered my tools, placed the clay back in my bag and said, “I hope I don’t see you again, at least not here in the hospital.” “Me too,” she said and thanked me for coming.  

How Forensic Nurses Help Victims

Nurses are there to help people - forensic nurses help people who have experienced the worst physical and emotional trauma imaginable.  Carilion's forensic nursing program is set to mark it's 20th anniversary -- two decades providing compassionate care to victims while collecting and protecting evidence used to prosecute the attacker.