Carilion Clinic Blogs

Nancy Howell Agee Appointed 2014 Chair of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation

Carilion Clinic President and CEO, Nancy Howell Agee, is the 2014 Chairman of the Virginia Center Health Innovation. The VCHI is is a nonprofit, public-private partnership led by major community partners engaged in health reform -- employers, health care providers, health systems, health plans, pharmacetical and device manufacturers, consumers and government. Working together, these partners are accelerating the adoption of value-driven models of wellness and helath care in Virginia. 

Famous Anthony's Pink Pancakes Pay Off for the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center

Remember Famous Anthony's Pink Pancake fundraiser during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center?  The restaurant sold the tasty treats at its nine locations in Roanoke, Lynchburg and the New River Valley.  More than 5500 pink pancakes were consumed and today, Famous Anthony's Vice President Bonny Neale dropped by the Breast Care Center with a check for $1,035.

Carilion's Accountable Care Organizations Showing Positive Results

A new survey by Premier, Inc. indicates Accountable Care Organizations are growing more slowly that initially anticipated, but hospital executives expect to double ACO participation in the next year. Carilion Clinic continues to be ahead of the curve. Physician-leaders from Carilion, who participated in Premier's survey announcement, say they're already seeing positive results from the Carilion/Aetna ACO, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Doctors Connected.  The results include a decrease in hospital readmissions and unnecessary emergency room visits. 

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Among Nation's Best for Hip & Knee Replacement

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital has been identifed by Medicare as one of the best hospitals in the country for hip and knee replacement. Medicare's Hospital Compare web site ranks CRMH as "better than the national rate" for complications following hip and knee replacement surgery.  Nationally, only 95 hospitals ranked better than average, and in Virginia, CRMH is one of only four hospitals credited with a better than average ranking. Based on the Hospital Compare data, Kaiser Health News created a list showing the 95 hospitals that scored the best, and the 97 hospitals with lower than average scores. 

Please DO Stop & Stare: Artist-in-Residence Jane Lillian Vance

In the summer of 2013, a Carilion interview committee gave me the honor of being selected the new Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program's first Artist-in-Residence. My three-month rotation comes to a conclusion just around Thanksgiving, a perfect time to reflect on what I have observed.

Carilion Celebrates the Lights of Love Christmas Tree

The new Christmas tree in front of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is much more than a holiday decoration.  Each light symbolizes an expression of kindness through the Carilion Clinic Foundation's Lights of Love campaign.  A donation to Lights of Love "purchases" a light on the tree and an ornament in honor of a friend or loved one.  The money raised will pay for hotel rooms for patients' families who travel long distances and need a place to stay.