Carilion Clinic Blogs

Nursing Careers Support Local Families

Nursing touches people's lives in many ways. When the economic downturn hit, leading to two layoffs, Todd and Alicia Hartman turned to health care. Both went back to school and now work in nursing at Carilion - Alicia at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and Todd at Carilion's Botetourt pediatric office. Hear more about their story in this report from WDBJ.

Can you Beat the Holiday Binge?

The holidays are almost here, and many people will face overloaded dinner tables, overflowing plates and an almost irresistable urge to give in and binge. Carilion Clinic Dietitian Martha Ross recently spent some time talking to WDBJ's Melissa Gaona about ways to minimize the damage, including her own secret weapon, "Pumpkin Fluff Whip". 

Carilion Breast Care Center Survivors' Retreat Featured

Thanks to Matt Chittum and Stephanie Klein-Davis of The Roanoke Times for sharing a chilly morning with a group of brave breast cancer survivors and staff members from the Carilion Breast Care Center at the Phoebe Needles Conference Center in Calloway. Great people, great event, great story, great pictures.

Carilion's New Artist in Residence Program Makes a Big Impression on Patients and Staff

In September, artist Jane Lillian Vance began painting in the lobby of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Her art (and the artist herself) immediately had a "magnetic" effect. Patients, patients, visitors and staff felt drawn to her work, stopping to watch, comment and ask questions which she happily answered. Vance is Carilion's first Artist in Residence, part of the Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program. Thanks to a generous donor, the residency program features a quarterly rotation of local artists who provide art activities, demonstrations in waiting areas and workshops for staff. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra cellist David Feldman begins his residency rotation in December. Carilion is currently accepting applications from artists for future residency positions. You can find more information on the Healing Arts web page. Vance's art and the Healing Arts program were featured in The Roanoke Times on November 8th. 

Carilion Physicians Focus on Men's Health for "Movember"

You might notice more men wearing facial hair this month (with varying degrees of success).  One of them might be your doctor.  Its part of the "Movember" movement to support men's health.  Carilion family medicine specialist Dr. Mark Greenawald recently spoke to WSLS's Karen McNew about the initiative, and offered some important health advice for men. 

Carilion Clinic Home Care in Roanoke and Franklin County Named to "HomeCare Elite" List

HomeCare Elite recognizes top tier healthcare agencies nationwide

Carilion Clinic Home Care in Franklin County and Roanoke were named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite™ list, placing them in the top tier of home healthcare agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite™, compiled by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare) and DecisionHealth, annually names the nation’s top 25 percent of agencies that receive high marks in quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience, process measure implementation, and financial performance. Additionally, both Carilion Clinic Home Care of Franklin and Roanoke were ranked in the top 500 in the nation in terms of quality.

Carilion Launches Lights of Love for the Holidays

This year, Carilion Clinic Volunteer Services in partnership with Carilion Clinic Foundation will launch Lights of Love just in time for the holiday season. All proceeds will be used to assist patient family members with hotel expenses. This fund-raiser also allows donors to show appreciation for loved ones while contributing to a worthwhile cause. For $10, donors can symbolically buy a light on the holiday tree that will shine outside Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in honor or memory of a loved one. A commemorative card with the name of the loved one will be placed on the hospital’s Lights of Love tree in the main lobby.

Lights of Love donations can be made with cash at the Volunteer Office at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, or via credit cards by visiting For more information, visit the web site or call the Carilion Clinic Volunteer Services at 540-981-7819.


Carilion Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Gets Patients Back on their Feet by Straightening Damaged Bones

12-year-old Halla Roberts broke her leg in four places while playing soccer.  The bad news got worse when the bone failed to heal properly.  Fortunately, Carilion Clinic Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Trevor Owen, M.D., used special technique that straightened Halla’s leg, allowing her to heal and walk normally.  Learn more in this story from WSLS’s Karen McNew.