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Carilion Medical Center and Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Carilion Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care in 2013.

Reflection by Jane Lillian Vance



Today I enjoyed my second day back at the easel, after my service in Zambia, working as Artist-in-Residence at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. I received hugs, crazy job offers (no, I really can't, but it would be fun to move to Spain and paint murals for a pediatric ward; less likely, to set off immediately, this afternoon, and go sailing for indeterminate years with a quite elderly group of wonderfully jovial retired fishermen, to be paid in cornbread and whiskies, since I don't eat fish).  I enjoyed enthusiastic encouragement and great conversations. I overheard drifts of hospital sorrow, bubbles of excitement, melodies of gratitude.

The Journeys We Take by Cara Modisett

Cara Ellen Modisett

August 11, 2014


The Journeys We Take


Describe a journey you've taken.


That's the question I've been asking in the main lobby the last couple weeks – it's a question that can be answered in so many different ways, and it's prompted the most conversations from passersby of any of the questions I've asked.


Journeys are significant things – they're about goals, destinations, getting from one place to another, but they are, by their nature, also about what happens along the way.


A Smattering of Responses to Bach


A smattering of patient responses to the Bach suites today:


Prelude in G

“Sounds like a tug-of-war of emotions, constantly changing.” “Makes me think about what should happen versus what actually does.” “Reminds me of a stable person who starts to unravel.” “Brings to my mind an image of leaves falling and people running underneath.” “Manic.” “Bipolar.”