Carilion Clinic Blogs

Blue Ridge Cancer Care Physician Dies Following Tragic Accident

We express our condolences and best wishes to the family, friends, co-workers and patients of Dr. Gerald Schertz, a physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care. He was struck by a car while walking from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to his office in the Carilion Clinic Cancer Center, and passed away on November 29th.

Member One Federal Credit Union Raises $7,000 for the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center

In October, Member One Federal Credit Union observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month by selling special pink hoodie sweatshirts encouraging women to “Check and Protect Like a Superhero”.  A portion of the proceeds was earmarked for the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center.  More than 300 people purchased the shirts and a delegation from Member One presented the Carilion Breast Care Center staff with a check for $7,037.82.   We are deeply grateful to Member One for their support of our mission to provide life-saving screening and breast care services to women in our region, and to everyone who purchased and is now proudly wearing one of the pink sweatshirts!

Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Tazewell Community Hospital celebrated 40 years of service to the region. At a special recognition ceremony, hospital staff and guests had the opportunity to meet the first baby born at the hospital,  Marine Lt. Colonel Joseph Farley, who now lives in Spotsylvania County and works at the Pentagon.  Read more about the celebration as reported by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and and watch coverage on Bluefield television station WVVA. 

Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center receives more than $10,000 from two Smith Mountain Lake Organizations.

  The Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center will be able to better assist its patients thanks to the hard work and generosity of two Smith Mountain Lake organizations. The Smith Mountain Lake Poker Run presented the Center with a check for $5,523 from its second annual event. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the center. The Smith Mountain Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles presented the center with a check for $5,000 from its fundraising activities. The funds will be used to provide every patient with a copy of a comprehensive breast cancer treatment guide.

Carilion Clinic’s Roanoke Campus Achieves Magnet® Recognition for the Third Time.


100 nurses sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the auditorium stood and cheered as they learned that Carilion's Roanoke hospitals, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, have achieved Magnet® status for the third time. Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Centerrecognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.  

“Magnet recognition is the highest honor an organization can receive for nursing services; it is the gold standard for nursing programs. Recognition is a testament of the quality of our patient care and the incredible passion for nursing shown by so many different people from many departments and levels within our organization,” said Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee. “Achieving—then repeatedly reaffirming—this designation was only made possible through the hard work, persistence and team work of everyone involved. I am so proud that we have achieved this designation once again.”


Movember Movement Growing Steadily

The Mens Health Awareness movement known as "Movember" has crossed the half-way mark. Carilion physicians aren't the only ones growing facial hair to raise awareness of men's health issues. 

Dr. Mark Greenawald recently visited with WDBJ morning news anchor Seth Kovar to compare their progress, and talk about why men often ignore important health issues until its too late. He also spoke about the most important numbers a man should know.

Nursing Careers Support Local Families

Nursing touches people's lives in many ways. When the economic downturn hit, leading to two layoffs, Todd and Alicia Hartman turned to health care. Both went back to school and now work in nursing at Carilion - Alicia at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and Todd at Carilion's Botetourt pediatric office. Hear more about their story in this report from WDBJ.