Breastfeeding For Working Mothers

Wednesday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
CRMH 13-West Conference Room A

Learn how to plan and prepare to continue breastfeeding once you return to work.  Taught by an experienced Lactation Educator, this class will give mothers step-by-step instructions on what they should prepare while on maternity leave, and how to pump and store their breast milk once they are back at work.  Nursing babies are welcome to come with their mothers.  Please make alternate childcare arrangements for older children.  Attend before or after the birth of your baby.  It is recommended that mothers take the basic breastfeeding class first.


Registration is required by calling (540)266-6000 or (800)422-8482.

Newborn Care

Saturday 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital | Rehab Auditorium | 2017 S Jefferson St.

This is as close as you'll come to a baby owner's manual.  A qualified teacher covers the basics of caring for a newborn by addressing such topics as bathing, getting the baby to sleep, understanding baby's cry, diapering, dressing, temperature taking, feeding a newborn, home and car safety, and more.  This class offers expectant parents the opportunity to practice taking care of baby's basic needs.  Plan to attend this one-evening class in your second or third trimester.


Registration is required by calling 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

Breastfeeding 101

Thursday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital | 13th Floor | West Conference Room A

Breastfeeding is a learned behavior for both mom and baby.  During this class, a certified lactation consultant provides the information you need to decide if breastfeeding is the right choice for you and your new baby.  If you have already decided to breastfeed, this class will provide basic instructions on breastfeeding techniques and benefits.  Other breastfeeding topics will also be discussed.

Registration is required by calling 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

Infant CPR/Safety

Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital | Rehab Auditorium | 2017 S Jefferson St.

Learn about the basics of infant CPR in this educational class.  The class offers hands-on training and experience in infant CPR, but is not a certification class.  You will also learn how to keep your home safe for your child.  There are many hidden dangers in the home that can injure or kill a child.  This class will give you tips on what you can do to avoid these unnecessary incidents.

Registration is required by calling 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

Prepared Childbirth Education

Thursday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Carilion Community Medical Building | 4th Floor | Community Room

You and your support partner are provided with the information and skills needed to approach labor and birth fully prepared.  This six-week series addresses topics such as breathing and relaxation techniques, the labor partner's role, variations of labor, the labor and birth process, adjustment to parenthood, and many other details of labor and birth.  Plan to attend this class in the beginning of your third trimester.  Taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE).

Registration is required by calling 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

Optimizing Maternal Health, Quality and Outcomes: 2015 Perinatal Conference

Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 110 Shenandoah Ave. Roanoke, VA 24016

Target Audience

Physicians. Obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, family practice clinicians, obstetric residents, labor and delivery clinicians, mother/baby and NICU nurses, certified nurse midwives, lactation consultants, neonatal nurse practitioners, and childbirth educators.

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016


Self parking is available for up to $8 and valet parking is $13 at the Hotel Roanoke. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital parking and the Star Line Trolley are free. The closest trolley stop is located at City Market building. Follow the enclosed walkway to Hotel Roanoke.


Carilion employees:

  • Please select your breakout sessions and contact Carilion Direct to register at 540-266-6000 no later than Friday, May 15, 2015.
  • Once you are registered, you will receive an email within a week to complete the registration process by completing the payroll deduction form via CornerstoneOnDemand.

Non-Carilion employees:

  • Fee is $150 (20 percent discount for groups of five or more from the same institution). VTCSOM and Jefferson College student and Carilion retiree fee is $50. Other students and retiree fee is $75. Includes program syllabus, CMEs, VNA and RRT, other education credits/contact hours, light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.
  • Credit cards and checks accepted. Make checks payable to Carilion Clinic.
  • Register through Carilion Direct at 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodations. 


The registration/cancellation deadline for all participants is Friday, May 15, 2015. No conference refunds can be provided after May 15, 2015. A conference fee of $150 will be charged to all conference attendees (including Carilion employees) who do not attend and have not canceled by May 15, 2015.  All conference attendees may send an appropriate substitute if they cannot attend the conference. 

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of Virginia through the joint providership of Carilion Clinic’s CME Program and Carilion Human Resources Training and Development. Carilion Clinic’s CME Program is accredited by The Medical Society of Virginia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Carilion Clinic’s CME Program designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

(note: There is no other heading for CME, for instance, CME Credit: then list the info. It HAS to be listed as above with the italics, bold and superscript on the TM)

­­­VNA Contact Hours

Carilion Clinic is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

AARC Statement

Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapist.

Approved Objectives:

  • Address regional perinatal issues related to safety and quality, the effect on maternal and neonatal outcomes, and local/regional/state-wide strategies to address these issues
  • Discuss projected advancements in the field of obstetrics, as well as current updates in assisted reproduction and fetal/neonatal surgery
  • Discuss cultural, historical, and medical influences that affect edge of viability resuscitative choices, and long-term implications/outcomes of early premature infants


  • Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, and professor of OB-GYN at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Shawn Safford, M.D., Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital
  • Allison Durica, M.D., Carilion Clinic
  • Lisa Andruscavage, D.O., Carilion Clinic
  • Neely Conner, L.C.S.W., L.S.A.T.P., C.E.A.P., Carilion Clinic
  • Patrice Weiss, M.D., Carilion Clinic
  • Emily Evans-Hoeker, M.D., Carilion Clinic
  • Amy Kageals, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P., Carilion Clinic
  • Andrea Cagle, P.T., D.P.T., Carilion Clinic
  • Fran O’Brien, R.N., Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, West Virginia Mother/Baby Drug Free Program
  • Tameran Asbury, M.A., S.S.W., S.A.P., Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, West VirginiaMother/Baby Drug Free Program
  • Molly McMillion, R.N., B.S.N., West Virginia Mother/Baby Drug Free Program
  • Kristin Conrad, D.N.P., C.N.M., Carilion Clinic
  • Rebecca White, M.S.N., C.N.M., Carilion Clinic
  • Johanna Lambert, C.-E.F.M., R.N.C.-O.B., Carilion Clinic
  • Misty Flinchum, B.S., R.R.T., Carilion Clinic
  • Sara Kagarise, B.S., R.T., R, C.T., Carilion Clinic
  • Ashley Bossard, B.S., Carilion Clinic
  • Brandie Bailey, B.S.N., Carilion Clinic
  • Christine Smith, R.N., B.A., I.B.C.L.C., A.N.L.C., Ohio Mothers’ Milk Bank
  • Sarah Bradford, M.D., Carilion Clinic
  • Kimberly Simcox, D.O., Carilion Clinic
  • Sara Higginbotham, M.S.W., Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Melissa Harper, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., S.A.N.E. A.-P., Carilion Clinic
  • Sgt. William Drake, Roanoke Police Department

Contact Information

Loretta F. Hall, M.Ed., conference planner
Human Resources Training and Development


7:30 – 8 a.m.                 Registration


8 – 9 a.m.                     Obstetrics in 2024                                                         Stephen K. Klasko, M.D.,M.B.A.


9 – 10 a.m.                    Advancements in Fetal and Neonatal Surgery                 Shawn Safford, M.D.


10 – 10:15 a.m.             Break and visit with vendors


10:15 – 11:15 a.m.         Panel: Resuscitative Choices at the Edge of Viability                  Allison Durica, M.D.; Lisa Andruscavage, D.O.; Neely Conner, L.C.S.W., L.S.A.T.P., C.E.A.P.


11:15 a.m. – noon         Patient Safety in the Outpatient Obstetrics Setting                      Patrice Weiss, M.D.


Noon – 1:15 p.m.          Lunch and visit with vendors


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.            Breakout Session 1


Assisted Reproduction Updates                                                                         Emily Evans-Hoeker, M.D.


Beyond the NICU: Functional Outcomes of the Premature Infant                          Amy Kageals, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P.; Andrea Cagle, P.T., D.P.T.


West Virginia Mother/Baby Drug Free Program                                                   Fran O’Brien, R.N.; Tameran Asbury, M.A., S.S.W., S.A.P.; Molly McMillion, R.N., B.S.N.


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.            Break and visit with vendors


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.            Breakout Session 2


Maternal Code Simulation                                                          Kristen Conrad, D.N.P., C.N.M.; Rebecca White, M.S.N., C.N.M.; Brandie Bailey, B.S.N.; Johanna Lambert, C.-E.F.M., R.N.C.-O.B.; Misty Flinchum, B.S., R.R.T.; Sara Kagarise, B.S., R.T., R, C.T.; Ashley Bossard, B.S.


Human Milk for Human Babies                                                               Christine Smith, R.N., B.A., I.B.C.L.C., A.N.L.C.


West Virginia Mother/Baby Drug Free Program (Repeat)                                      Fran O’Brien, R.N.; Tameran Asbury, M.A., S.S.W., S.A.P.; Molly McMillion, R.N., B.S.N.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.            Breakout Session 3


Maternal Code Simulation (Repeat)                                                                     Kristen Conrad, D.N.P., C.N.M.; Rebecca White, M.S.N., C.N.M.; Brandie Bailey, B.S.N.; Johanna Lambert, C.-E.F.M., R.N.C.-O.B.; Misty Flinchum, B.S., R.R.T.; Sara Kagarise, B.S., R.T., (R), (C.T.); Ashley Bossard, (B.S.)

Perinatal Substance Abuse: Innovative Strategies in the New River Valley            Sara Bradford, M.D.; Kim Simcox, D.O.


Violence Against Women: Partnering to Break the Silence                                   Sara Higginbotham, M.S.W.; Melissa Harper, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., S.A.N.E.A.-P; Sgt. William Drake


4:30 p.m.          Adjourn

Women's Health University-"Exercise as Medicine: A Prescription for Good Health"

Thursday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Vinton War Memorial

Women's Health University (WHU)

Exercise has long been known as nature’s fountain of youth. Find out how you can reap the health benefits that simple, inexpensive changes in your daily habits can provide. Join us as fitness expert Allison Bowersock, Ph.D., shares her extensive knowledge of how exercise can improve your long-term health. Dr. Bowersock will compare the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle to pharmaceutical and surgical interventions, as well as discuss strategies to empower you to take charge of your own health.

Cost: $15 (includes light lunch)

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.

In the Wake of Suicide

Tuesday 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
South Roanoke United Methodist Church | 2330 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke VA

Please join the second in a series of Community Conversations presented by the Community Grief and Loss Center. Family Service of Roanoke Valley and Carilion Clinic Hospice offer a chance to listen and be heard. Learn why talking about suicide may help you or someone else deal with their loss, and could be a good first step toward preventing suicide. Talking to teens and young people is especially challenging and important. Join fellow survivors of suicide, community members and mental health care providers to begin breaking the silence on suicide.


S. Jefferson between 23rd and 24th St. Park on the street on 24th St., Stanley Ave., S. Jefferson St. and enter the Gymnasium from the outdoor entrance on 24th St.

Childcare for younger children and light dinner provided.

RSVP by March 25 to

Points on Joints

Tuesday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6303 Merriman Rd., Roanoke, VA 24018

Leave Joint Pain Behind


If you are 45 or older with joint pain or limited motion, join us for a free seminar to learn more about your options for joint care, including the anterior approach to replacement surgery. Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics is the most experienced team in our region, having performed more than 2,000 of these advanced procedures. Our surgeons are committed to helping you stay strong, keep moving, and—most importantly—feel like you again. To register, please call 800-422-8482.


CommUNITY Career Event

Thursday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cambria Hotel and Suites | 301 Reserve Ave., S.W. | Roanoke, VA

Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech invite you to attend this career event as we look to further strengthen our workforce and the community through employment opportunities.

Areas where we need talented, dedicated employees:

  • Information Technology
  • Professional: Patient registration and billing
  • Marketing
  • Finance/Payroll/Accounting

Job search presentations begin at 4:30 p.m.

*In case of inclement weather, please call 540-400-6226.

For more information on current openings with Carilion Clinic, please visit

For more information on current openings with Virginia Tech, please visit

For inquiries, please contact Casey Morris at or 540-983-4150, or Jeff Cumberland at or 540-231-7773.

Carilion Clinic is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Institution.


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