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Carilion Clinic Reports Positive Financial Results

Carilion Clinic's lastest financial report indicates positive financial growth, in line with the organization's long-range plan to address the impact of the economic downturn while also adding new services and improving quality of care. As a not-for-profit organization, Carilion's earnings are reinvested to maintain and expand health care services for the community.  Learn more in this article from The Roanoke Times.

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Don Lorton, Carilion Clinic Chief Financial Officer, Retires After 44 Years of Service to Virginia Health Care.

Don Halliwill Appointed New Carilion Clinic CFO

ROANOKE, Va. (April 16, 2013) After more than four decades of service to Carilion Clinic and Virginia health care, Donald E. Lorton  is retiring.  After three years with Pulaski Community Hospital, Lorton began his career with Carilion in 1972 when he became the Assistant Controller. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 1986. In 1993 he was named Executive Vice President.

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senseless violence against children-and thanks for children's hospitals

We are all reeling with vivid images of the Boston Marathon explosions. I see the poor 8-year old who was killed flash up on the screen and I cry. that family is irreparably injured, especially because the child's mom and sister were also seriously injured. At the time of this writing, I am aware of 8 other children who have been hospitalized due to the events that occurred during or following the blasts. Somewhere well over 100 others.

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New River Valley Mall Shooting - update

8:20 p.m.

One person has been transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Carilion Life-Guard helicopter. A second person has been transferred from LewisGale Montgomery to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No additional information is available at this time. 

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it was a dark and stormy....week

I have written before about being "on service" for a week on the pediatric inpatient unit.

I love it. I hate it. It's fun. It's exhausting. It's happy. It's sad. But mostly its never dull.


This week just past was no exception. Monday though Friday felt like it happened too fast. I was sooo tired by the end of the week, but I felt fulfilled. It was a difficult week. There were many unknowns, and much sadness, but it was totally worthwhile.

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what is meningitis anyway?


When I read something on the internet or elsewhere  about meningitis, or especially about the "meningitis vaccine" it strikes me that the ubiquitous use of the noun without an appropriate adjective could be confusing for most people. Don't misunderstand me, I am not talking about adjectives like "bad," "awful," or "life-threatening." Rather, I am talking about the adjective that indicates the microbiological etiology of the problem--such as "meningococcal meningitis" or "hemophilus meningitis," or "pneumococcal meningitis," or even "viral meningitis"

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dear readers

Dear readers,

I thought you might like to see this article about me that appeared on the Carilion Clinic website 2 weeks ago. It is part of a series aimed at helping folks get to know the leaders at our institution. My apologies to those of you from Carilion Clinic who have already seen it--some of you have even sent me emails to say hello--that was something completely unexpected and truly welcomed.

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isnt' Twitter just for idiots? part 2

So, have you folllowed my advice, and joined Twitter?

Shortly after I wrote the last post I was gifted by discovering this article which had been written about me, and this blog,  and helps describe some of the tweets I share. By reading it you can get a good idea of how I use Twitter to share information, some of the joys in my life (such as when I capture a particularly interesting photo of a bird, other wildlife, a sunset, or snow), or to respond to others who live on the same medium.

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