Officials cut the ribbon on $90 million biomedical research institute in Roanoke
The Roanoke Valley continues to be a leader in medical research and education as Virginia Tech and Carilion officially opened the $90-million, 139,000-square-foot Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion.
Carilion Clinic distributes 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine
ROANOKE, Va. – Carilion Clinic is hitting another major milestone in the battle against COVID-19. On Wednesday, the health system helped administer its 100,000th dose of the vaccine and 98-year-old June Rutherfoord was the lucky recipient. Rutherfoord, a former nurse, said she’s thankful for the scientists who made it possible to get the vaccine. “Well I’m very thankful we have wonderful scientists who work out all these things to control the evil that’s in the world, thank you all,” Rutherfoord said. Vaccine distribution is expected to pick up at the Berglund Center and other sites across the region through the rest of the week.
Carilion Clinic files lawsuit claiming it’s owed more than $150 million in COVID-19 losses
Since getting its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine three weeks ago, nearly 6,000 of Carilion’s 13,000 employees have gotten the first dose. ROANOKE, Va. – A lawsuit filed by Carilion Clinic claims the hospital has lost more than $150 million because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Carilion is suing its insurance provider, American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Company, because it claims those losses were not covered. Carilion Claims that, “AGLIC has refused to provide coverage or even properly investigate Carilion Clinic’s losses,” according to the lawsuit. AdThe policy that Carilion took out with AGLIC has a $1.3 billion limit, which is why Carilion believes the entire policy limit is potentially available to cover its losses.
Two local museums named national finalists for community outreach
Two museums in our region are making a difference in the community, and they are getting national recognition for it. Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke and Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville are finalists for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Medal of Museum and Library Service. They are two of 30 museums and libraries from across the country and the only ones from Virginia. Dr. Joe Keiper, executive director of Virginia Museum of Natural History is feeling that same energy. In 2020, the museum staff’s passion for the community could be seen at drive-thru museum experiences across Virginia.
Carilion Clinic shares tips on how to spot ‘spoof calls’
Carilion Clinic is warning people about a rise in “spoof calls” and wants to offer tips on how to spot phone scammers. Phone scam calls might be hard to spot given that scammers can use illegal spoofing techniques to display fake information in a caller ID. Here are seven tips Carilion has shared for dealing with spoof calls:Don’t give out personal informationIf someone calls from an unknown number, don’t answer itIf you find that the caller isn’t who you thought it was, end the callIf you are asked to hit a button to stop getting the calls after answering the phone, end the callDon’t answer any questions, especially if they are closed-ended onesBe wary if the call seems suspicious or you’re being pressured to providing informationSet a password for your voicemail accountCarilion said that people should avoid giving out their personal information and answering calls from unknown numbers. People can call their provider or the main Carilion number at 800-422-8482 to check if a call was legitimate. If you believe you were scammed you can file a complaint with the FCC.
Carilion Clinic eyes fall opening for Tanglewood Mall pediatrics center
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Carilion Clinic said it expects its massive project at Tanglewood Mall to be complete by August and to be open to patients by October. Dr. Donald Kees is the interim chair of pediatrics for Carilion and said things are shaping up. “It’s all framed in and they’re putting the drywall on, the plumbing and the electric,” Dr. Kees said. It’s also a dream for an economic development director such as the one in Roanoke County. Roanoke County is set to host a virtual forum on Tanglewood Mall on Thursday at noon.
Pollen is in the air — get ready for allergies
Dr. Aneysa Sane of Carilion Clinic said tree pollen is only at a moderate level in the Roanoke area but people who are more sensitive to pollen are already dealing with symptoms. At first, symptoms could get mixed up with coronavirus symptoms because both may cause congestion but Dr. Sane said it’s unusual for allergies to spark a loss of smell. It’s one thing to have allergies in your nose and eyes but Dr. If you want to check the pollen levels where you live, click here for a national allergy map.
‘This is hope’: Drive-thru clinic at Berglund Center vaccinates 4,000 people against COVID-19
ROANOKE, Va. – The Berglund Center’s parking lot became an important asset in the COVID-19 vaccination effort this weekend. The Roanoke City Alleghany Health District and Carilion Clinic vaccinated 4,000 people in a drive-thru clinic on Saturday. District health director Dr. Cynthia Morrow said the slots for its drive-thru clinic filled up within five hours of the public announcement. Carilion Clinic COVID-19 Task Force director Chad Alvarez said patients were usually done with the process within 20 minutes of their arrival. This was the Roanoke City Alleghany Health District’s first ever drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Carilion to loosen visitation restrictions in several hospitals this week
ROANOKE, Va. – A coming change will allow many adult patients to now have a visitor with them. Starting Tuesday at 9 a.m., the following hospitals will shift from Carilion’s highly-restricted red level down to just restricted visitation of its yellow level:Carilion Franklin Memorial HospitalCarilion Giles Community HospitalCarilion New River Valley Medical CenterCarilion Roanoke Community HospitalCarilion Roanoke Memorial HospitalCarilion Tazewell Community HospitalCarilion Rockbridge Community Hospital will continue operating at the red level remain until further notice. Yellow level allows most patients to have one adult visitor per day, something not allowed while hospitals were at red level. Carilion raised its visitation restrictions to red level back in December. AdClick here to learn more about the restrictions at each facility.
103-year-old woman receives Carilion’s 50,000th coronavirus vaccine dose
A 103-year-old from Salem is now protected from the coronavirus thanks to Carilion Clinic. On Feb 20., Carilion Clinic officials announced they administered its 50,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and Almeeds Bratton was the recipient. “This is truly an exciting milestone,” said Chad Alvarez, senior director of pharmacy and the leader of Carilion’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. “It’s a testament to our partnership with VDH and ongoing community collaboration throughout Carilion’s service area. For more information about Virginia’s vaccine distribution, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.
Carilion study to offer alternative options for heart failure patients
A Carilion structural cardiologist has conducted a clinical trial that will help patients with complex heart failure conditions. Dr. Jason Foerst is the first provider in the country to enroll a patient in a heart failure clinical trial, “The CORCINCH-HF” study, according to a statement sent by Carilion Tuesday morning. Officials say the research will help Carilion offer alternative options for patients with complex heart failure conditions. The study aims to explore the AccuCinch® Ventricular Restoration System as a potential treatment option for heart failure patients who are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue and swelling due to the bottom left portion of the heart not functioning properly, according to the release. AdCurrently, there are no other treatments available for this complex heart failure condition, and Carilion’s Cardiovascular Institute is one of the select sites to participate nationwide.
Carilion Clinic expert says vaccines can prevent more COVID-19 variants
ROANOKE, Va. – As concerns grow over COVID-19 variants, a Carilion Clinic health expert says you should get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can because it can help stop the virus from mutating. Research suggests the UK variant could be about 30-40% more contagious than the original strain of the virus. Carilion Clinic’s Chair of Medicine, Dr. Paul Skolnik, said the current vaccines are effective, especially at preventing serious illness and hospitalization. “If we can tamp down the pandemic now and the original strain. He added that with variant strains spreading across the country, we should work harder to wear masks, avoid crowds, and social distance.
Carilion Clinic names new Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
ROANOKE, Va – Carilion Clinic is taking steps to address inequities in its health care system. Nathaniel Bishop will serve as the company’s first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Bishop will be working to help bring more diversity among staff at all Carilion branches as well as address health inequities in the community among the homeless and refugee population. “We’re going to be looking at issues of disparity and inequities in the community, as we have more focus and working with partners to identify those disparities and inequities and looking at ways that we can be very intentional about overcoming those,” said Bishop. He said his role is more important now than ever as Carilion works to address inequities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Radford University Carilion students studying long term impacts of COVID-19
ROANOKE, Va – Hundreds of graduates from Radford University Carilion are now on the frontlines in treating coronavirus patients. When Radford University first merged with Jefferson College, the goal was to create more opportunities for students looking to get into the medical field. When the plans for Radford University Carilion were announced about three years ago students had no idea that they would be preparing to be on the frontlines of a global pandemic. About 86% of Radford University Carilion students continue their medical careers in Virginia, according to Hemphill. Students are also looking at what happens after the pandemic, focusing on areas like expanding telemedicine or more research on respiratory issues.
Docs for Morgan gives back virtually in honor of Morgan Harrington
An important tradition continues tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. to honor Morgan Harrington. Since 2013, it’s been Carilion Clinic doctors vs. Virginia Tech Carilion medical students. They go head to head on a basketball court and it’s more than just for bragging rights, but to honor Morgan Harrington. Nine healers to be exact and $400,000 over the years, according to Dr. Harrington. There will also be live trivia questions and prizes about the medical school and the history of Docs for Morgan.
Initial coronavirus obstacles are now shaping Carilion’s future, says CEO Nancy Agee
You know, we were making decisions without really information,” recalled President and CEO of Carilion Clinic Nancy Agee. “One of the biggest concerns we had was keeping our staff safe, keeping our community safe and obviously keeping our patients safe,” said Agee. Agee is inspired by her hardworking colleagues and now seeing COVID vaccine shots going into arms in Southwest Virginia. It’s going to take a while but we are going to get past it,’” Agee said. “COVID not only gave us a glimpse of our future, it gave us the roadmap,” Agee said.
Registration is full for this weekend’s Roanoke Valley 65+ coronavirus vaccine event
(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)UPDATE (12:05 p.m.)On Wednesday afternoon, Carilion announced that all the slots for its COVID vaccine event happening this weekend are full. While this weekend’s event is full, Carilion is looking to have another similar event in the future. ORIGINAL STORYIf you’re 65 or older and live in the Roanoke Valley, you can now register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Four-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available for anyone living in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Craig County, Covington, Salem, Alleghany County and Botetourt County. “This is an exciting opportunity for our residents ages 65 and over to help protect them from the COVID-19 virus,” said Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea.
VDH aims to vaccinate 2,000 school employees against COVID-19 with one-day clinic
ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke City Alleghany Health District is gearing up to vaccinate many of the district’s teachers against COVID-19 in one day. Health director Cynthia Morrow announced VDH has partnered with Carilion Clinic and the school systems in the district for a massive vaccination event on Jan. 22. The clinic is open to school employees only, and Morrow hopes to vaccinate at least 2,000 of them during the event. “Schools play a critical role in the mental, physical, and social well-being of our children, as well as a critical role in our economy,” Morrow said. She said she is not opposed to holding another large-scale COVID-19 immunization event if they have the doses to do so.
Carilion Clinic’s recommendations for making 2021 New Year’s resolution
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The New Year is a time for making changes, but many people don’t always follow through with their resolutions. Betty Robertson, a registered nurse and Carilion Clinic Community Health Educator, recommends writing your goals down once you set them. “We need to be more vigilant with washing our hands going forward, covering our mouth and noses to help prevent infection. Not only for ourselves, but for our community,” Robertson said. Most resolutions are related to diet and exercise, mental health, finance, work and relationships.
Carilion to enforce new visitor restrictions starting Tuesday
Carilion and the Virginia Department of Health partner for new study to understand local COVID-19 infectionsROANOKE, Va. – Starting Tuesday at Carilion Clinic hospitals, general adult patients will no longer be able to have visitors, although there are some exceptions. That’s among the changes as Carlion rolls out a new green, yellow and red system across its hospitals. Both women giving birth as well as patients who have surgery requiring sedation can have a visitor, while end of life patients can have up to four visitors. The change to red across all hospitals does not change the restrictions among visitors to pediatric patients. One other change, Carilion asks that personal items and food not be dropped off for patients or employees.
WATCH: Carilion Clinic details its coronavirus vaccine rollout plan
ROANOKE, Va. – On Wednesday morning, Carilion Clinic began giving the coronavirus vaccine to front-line workers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. At 1 p.m., Carilion held a briefing on its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan. The following employees spoke during the briefing:
Coronavirus vaccines arrive at hospitals across Southwest, Central Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – The coronavirus vaccine has officially made it to some hospitals in Southwest Virginia. Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are now stored in ultra-cold freezers at Lynchburg General Hospital, ready to be administered. The first shots are expected to start Wednesday at Centra, Carilion and LewisGale, prioritizing health care workers in closest contact with COVID-19 patients. It’s a decent start,” Lewis said. The health department said that by the end of the month, Virginia should have enough doses to reach all health care workers and long-term care facility residents who make up the first priority group.
You can help Carilion Clinic understand how COVID-19 has spread through Southwest Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – Carilion Clinic is still looking for volunteers to help with a coronavirus study. Participants would have free access to COVID-19 antibody testing by having their blood drawn and tested. The Virginia Department of Health awarded Carilion Clinic $566,309 in CARES Act funding to conduct a COVID-19 seroprevalence study. Researchers will use the results to better understand how COVID-19 has spread through the region. Carilion hopes to have more participation from areas including Bedford, Radford, Buena Vista, Alleghany County and Henry County.
Carilion Clinic officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine rollout
ROANOKE, Va. – Despite the ongoing surge, health experts stress hope is on the horizon with all but certain COVID-19 vaccine approval from the FDA this week. Officials at Carilion Clinic told 10 News they expect the vaccine to arrive locally sometime over the weekend. There are still lots of questions about what that rollout for the vaccine will look like, but experts say any return to normalcy will depend on it. Carilion Clinic is set to receive the Pfizer vaccine initially and possibly the Moderna vaccine later on. “The benefit of protecting yourself against COVID-19 and stopping the spread of COVID-19 far outweigh any minor sorts of side effects” said Skolnik.
Health officials prepare for coronavirus vaccine’s arrival in the New River Valley
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Va – Health officials in the New River Valley are gearing up for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. New River Health Director Dr. Noelle Bissell said that while they still don’t know when they will get their first shipment of the vaccine, it will likely be a limited amount. Ralph Northam lays out state’s three-phased coronavirus vaccine distribution plan]She also said that both major health systems in the New River Valley have the proper equipment to store it once it is available. They have vaccine plans in place to be able to inoculate their staff and they have done their own prioritization,” explained Bissell. Bissell also wants to warn the community that once the COVID-19 vaccine is taken, there will likely be side effects.
Carilion Clinic infectious disease expert concerned about surge in virus cases after Thanksgiving travel
Health officials are urging caution after many people traveled for Thanksgiving during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Doctor Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie, an infectious disease expert with Carilion Clinic, says if you traveled over the Thanksgiving weekend, you should assume you either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it. Baffoe-Bonnie expects COVID-19 cases to surge over the next two weeks. “You know that we are seeing, in this valley, more than 100 cases a day. And seeing 100 cases means there are probably 200, 300, or 400 cases that you are not seeing,” Baffoe-Bonnie said.
Participants needed for new study to better understand COVID-19 in Southwest Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – Participants are needed for a new study to better understand COVID-19′s impact in Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health has awarded Carilion Clinic $566,309 in CARES Act funding for the seroprevalence research. That will help health experts know where to concentrate messaging and resources. “It will also help inform how we roll out vaccines in this area in the best way. This is the first study of its kind dedicated to Southwest Virginia.
Junior League organizes toy drive for Carilion Children’s Hospital
ROANOKE, Va. – The patients at Carilion Children’s Hospital will soon receive special gifts to help them through tough times, thanks to a socially distanced toy drive. The Junior League of the Roanoke Valley collected about 150 toys during its drive-thru donation event at Tanglewood Mall on Saturday. The organization’s executive vice president, Katie Jones, said they were motivated to collect toys after hearing there were fewer donations to Carilion Children’s than usual this year because of the pandemic. “We wanted to find a way we could help,” Jones said. She said the donations will help stock the hospital’s supply of toys for the entire year.
How to keep your family safe while celebrating this Thanksgiving
ROANOKE, Va. – Just nine days away from Thanksgiving, health experts are urging you to rethink your holiday plans. I usually travel to see family instead of them traveling here,” said Amoni Young, who lives in Roanoke. If you do decide to gather with others for Thanksgiving, experts said it’s best to do that outdoors, be diligent about social distancing and agree ahead of time that everyone will wear a face mask. “We’re trying to be safe and as scientific as possible before we go into the holidays,” Robinson said. “After the holidays, you’re going to be dealing with the repercussions of your choices and I don’t think anybody wants to deal with that, especially going into 2021,” Young said.
With Virginia’s coronavirus cases nearing a new milestone, health care leaders continue their fight
ROANOKE, Va. – COVID-19 has been in Virginia for more than eight months and health leaders are learning more about the virus every day. As of Friday, Virginia is reporting 199,262 coronavirus cases since March, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Carilion Clinic, Centra Health, Sovah Health, LewisGale Health and the Salem Veterans Affairs Hospital now exchange COVID-19 hospitalization data and prevention strategies every week. Carilion Clinic reports there are 203 COVID-19 hospitalizations across the aforementioned health care systems with 38 patients in intensive care and 18 on a ventilator. “This is us against a virus," Lewis said.
Local companies supporting the veteran workforce
ROANOKE, Va. – For some veterans, making the transition from active duty to the civilian workforce can pose challenges, but numerous companies in Southwest Virginia are working to make the transition easier. This year, it was given the Virginia Values Veterans Award at the Virginia Veterans and Military Affairs Conference. To help with that, Carilion has several programs to support its workforce and build community. “It’s a group that lets our veteran population come together for comradery, support and lets them make connections with the veteran group within our organization. He works full-time, while also attending Radford University Carilion full-time, working toward a nursing degree.
‘Twindemic’? Carilion Clinic experts on dangers of COVID-19 and flu season
ROANOKE, Va. – Winter is on its way, and with that, comes a warning from health experts about a possible ‘twindemic,' which would be when a surge in flu cases overlaps with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. In order to prepare for a possible influx, Carilion Clinic is ramping up its testing, supplies and staffing. Some testing companies have a combined test that can determine if you have the flu, COVID-19 or another respiratory virus. “It has us concerned obviously because nobody wants to have a loved one who is ill," said Carilion Clinic Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie. Carilion Clinic Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Anthony Baffoe-Bonnie references a graph of Carilion's 2019 flu season cases.