Carilion Clinic Blogs

Congratulations to the winners of Carilion Clinic's first employee art show!

As part of the Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, Carilion partnered with the National Arts Program to sponsor its first employee art show. 165 Carilion employees, volunteers and immediate family members submitted 271 pieces.  The display of creativity and talent was amazing! Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.  See for yourself, and hear from some of the winners and judges.  Voting for the People's Choice Award continues through June 15th.

Celebrate Carilion Giles Communty Hospital's 4th Anniversary this Sunday, June 1st

The new Carilion Giles Community Hospital (CGCH), completed on Hartley Way in May of 2010,  has been proudly serving the residents of Giles County and the surrounding region with quality care for four years.  To celebrate this milestone, CGCH is joining with the Giles Arts Council to present an anniversary celebration in the hospital lobby on June 1st, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  The celebration will feature the outstanding work of Giles County Public Schools winning artists.

Honey Flows by Jane Lillian Vance

I saw a beautiful young woman standing at a distance from me as I worked. I noticed her watching several interactions. Eventually, I asked if she were an artist--and she approached, barely able to hold herself together, and introduced herself. She was the oldest grandchild and her hero (grandfather) was dying. We had an amazing talk. She asked if I would accompany her upstairs to visit her grandfather, and I considered it a tremendous honor. He was surrounded by family and we had healing arts connections we enjoyed sharing with one another.

Does This Work? by Jude Prashaw

This morning I put on a gown and gloves and walked into her room in pediatrics. She is 17, two hours away from home and all alone. Now and then she winced in pain, not quite recovered from a recent surgery. “I don’t know what to make”, she said, as I handed her a lump of clay.  “Anything you want,” I told her. She pressed and molded the clay and soon a small figure with long hair appeared, soft and delicate and faceless. “It’s lovely,” I said. “I will put your figure into my boat that is in the lobby,” I told her; she will be a passenger in Hope Floats. I gathered my tools, placed the clay back in my bag and said, “I hope I don’t see you again, at least not here in the hospital.” “Me too,” she said and thanked me for coming.  

How Forensic Nurses Help Victims

Nurses are there to help people - forensic nurses help people who have experienced the worst physical and emotional trauma imaginable.  Carilion's forensic nursing program is set to mark it's 20th anniversary -- two decades providing compassionate care to victims while collecting and protecting evidence used to prosecute the attacker. 

How are doctors saving more tiny, premature babies than ever before?

The cover on Time Magazine this week features a tiny premature infant, one of thousands who survive and thrive thanks to the remarkable doctors, nurses and technology in today's Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). These miracles occur every day at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital NICU, located at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

New Medical Camera Examines the Heart with Better Images, Less Radiation

New technology is giving Carilion Clinic cardiologists a clearer look at their patients' hearts. During a nuclear medicine scan, a special camera measures the function of the heart. Carilion's newest camera captures better images while using less radiation.