Carilion Clinic Blogs

Poker Run Raises $2000 for Carilion Foundation/Breast Cancer Treatment

Funds will purchase a special treatment chair for the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center

Pictured left to right: Cindy Allen, Patty Clarkson, Donna Collins, Susan Watters, Verna Shuey, Donna Ashbery, Jessica Hevener, Dr. Eileen Kenny, Kim Lane, Lisa Atkinson

Patients at Carilion Clinic’s Breast Care Center will soon have a new, specially designed treatment chair thanks to a group of cancer survivors, care-givers and loved ones. The group participated in the first annual Smith Mountain Lake Poker Run to raise money for the Carilion Foundation to benefit breast cancer patients.

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Warner Dalhouse Receives VHHA's "Excellence in Governance" Award

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) has honored Warner Dalhouse with a 2012 Outstanding Service Award for “Excellence in Governance” The award honors members of VHHA member hospital or health system governing bodies who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field, on both a state and local level, through commitment to service and leadership.

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warning: failure to vote can be hazardous to your child's health

Like me, you are probably sick and tired of the numerous negative ads on TV and radio for the presidential candidates. And you are tiered of picking up the phone to listen to a representative from the RNC or DNC urging you to vote for their candidate. You might be scared of what could happen if the “other” candidate wins.

This is a high stakes election for many reasons. I am not going to tell you HOW to vote, just that you MUST VOTE. I am distressed that there was no discussion of issues affecting the health of children by the presidential candidates. Therefore, you need to make you voice heard. The way to begin is to vote. Then you can urge the winner to do the right thing by and for our children.

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Carilion Clinic Volunteer Nadine Abbot Featured for "Making a Difference"

At 97, Carilion Clinic volunteer Nadine Abbot has donated thousands of hours taking care of patients and their families. Her unique style caught the attention of WSLS reporter Lindsey Ward, who profiled Nadine in her "Making a Difference" segment.
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If you'd like to be a Carilion Clinic volunteer, more information is available on our web site.

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Kohls and Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital Team Up to Keep Babies Safe

Dr. Alice Ackerman, Chief Pediatric Officer with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital and community health educator, Jill Lucas Drakeford, accept a $36,252 grant from Kohls to fund the Kohls Infant Safe Sleep (KISS) program.

The program educates families and caregivers on proper safe sleep and proper safe sleep environments for infants. Funds came from money collected at Kohl’s Roanoke and Lynchburg stores. Learn more about safe sleep for children as Jill speaks with Kimberly McBroom on WDBJ7 Mornin'.

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Flashback to Knoxville, spring of 2012

Speaking at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville, TN

I am very embarrassed that I neglected to post this video before now. As many of you know I was a speaker last spring at Social Slam 2012 in Knoxville.

I promised to show you the video of my talk. Hmmm…

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Miracle Baby Thriving After 4-Month Stay in Carilion NICU

Kenia Martinez weighed only 12 ounces at birth, but after four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, her family,  was able to take her home.  Kenia is the smallest birth-weight baby ever discharged from the Carilion NICU.

WSLS-TV anchor Karen McNew visited Kenia and her family at their home in Independence, VA, and spoke with one of the Carilion nurses who worked with them during their stay.

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on the art of reflecting

I must say I am a bit disappointed. I anticipated that my last post would have generated millions of comments, or at least a couple. I was anticipating posting your thoughts and insights into the process of reflection. Oh well, such is the plight of the blogger. They say fewer than 1 per cent of readers ever leave a comment. I guess “they” are correct. So, in case you missed it, I asked you to look at five photos of sunsets. They were basically of the same scene from my vacation, but taken under varying conditions.

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