2015 Stroke Conference

Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn Roanoke -- Valley View

Below are the presentation files from the conference:

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This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, speech language pathologists, social workers, case managers and pharmacists working in the following areas: ICU, emergency department, PCU, acute care therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, home health, outpatient clinics, physician practices, physical medicine and rehabilitation will also benefit from this education.


Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The conference will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

Carilion Employees:

  • Register via Cornerstone OnDemand. Use conference number CE939C.
  • Tuition is paid by Carilion Clinic. A signed payroll deduction form is required to confirm your registration.  

Non-Carilion Employees:

  • $125 fee. VTCSOM and JCHS student and Carilion retiree fee is $50. Other students and retiree fee is $75. Includes program syllabus, CMEs or education credits/contact hours, light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.
  • Credit cards and checks accepted. Make checks payable to Carilion Clinic.
  • Register through Carilion Direct at 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.


Participants are responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodations. Free parking is available on-site.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Loretta Hall, conference planner, Carilion Clinic Human Resources Training and Development at 540-985-4094 or at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.


The registration/cancellation deadline for all participants is Friday, June 5, 2015.  No conference refunds can be provided after Friday, June 5, 2015. A conference fee of $125 will be charged to all conference attendees (including Carilion employees) who do not attend and have not canceled by Friday, June 5, 2015.  All conference attendees may send an appropriate substitute if they cannot attend the conference.


All faculty are from Carilion Clinic:

·         Gary R. Simonds, M.D.

·         Biraj Patel, M.D.

·         Jessica Hammonds, N.P.

·         Lydia McNeary M.D.

·         Della C. Williams, M.D.

·         Catie Neal, R.N.

·         Jill Newton, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P.

·         Lindsay Collins, M.S.N., R.N.

·         Amanda Melvin, M.S.W.

·         Emily Hartman, R.N.


Loretta F. Hall, M.Ed., conference planner

Human Resources Training and Development





7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration

8 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the Day

Sidney Mallenbaum, M.D.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Breaking Bad News

Gary Simonds, M.D.

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Signs to Look for in an Acute Stroke Patient that May Signal Onset of Reversible Deterioration

James Schmidley, M.D.


9:45 – 10 a.m. Break and visit with vendors


10 – 10:45 a.m. Endovascular Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke

Biraj Patel, M.D.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Care After Discharge

Jessica Hammonds, N.P.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Food for Thought: How Your Diet Can Protect Your Brain

Lydia McNeary, M.D.


1:15 – 2 p.m. Women’s Health and Stroke

Della Williams, M.D.


2 – 2:15 p.m. Break and visit with vendors


2:15 – 3 p.m. Keep That Mouth Clean! The Importance of Oral Hygiene in Post-Stroke Care

Catie Neal, R.N., and Jill Newton, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P.


3 – 4 p.m. Post-Stroke Caregiver Fatigue

Lindsay Collins, M.S.N., R.N.


4 – 5 p.m. Homeward Bound

Amanda Melvin, M.S.W., and Emily Hartman, R.N.


5 p.m. Adjourn 

2015 Perinatal Conference

Friday (All day)

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Slides from the conference are below:


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Slides from Drs. Klasko and Safford are not available. 

The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, Hospice Foundation of America’s annual national Living With Grief® program

Tuesday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine | 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

When the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, grief doesn’t wait for death. Grieving can begin in the doctor’s office when patients and families receive confirmation of illness. Over a span of what may be a decade, multiple losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends. After the death, survivors’ grief may be complicated by the nature of a lengthy disease process that has changed their relationship with the deceased. Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and live, in-studio discussion, experts will identify how medical and social service professionals can best help patients, families and themselves cope with loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses. For full program details, see HFA’s website at

Click here for information about learning objectives, CE credits, and more.

This program is offered free of charge. Drinks and food will be provided. Complimentary parking is available in the campus parking garage.

To reserve a place or for more information, please call Carilion Direct at 800-422-8482 by Sept. 7.

Hosted in our community by:

  • Carilion Clinic Hospice
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley
  • Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory


PATH Community Day

Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Horton Park, 2500 Salem Turnpike, Roanoke

PATH Community Day is a free family event, featuring:

  • Bike Rodeo (bring your bike and helmet)
  • Walk-a-thon
  • Slackline and disc golf
  • Inflatables
  • Try-it tennis
  • Games and prizes
  • Food

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. On-site permission will be required for children wishing to play on the inflatable rock wall, bounce house or inflatable obstacle course.

PATH Community Day is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and is led by Carilion Clinic. 

Portable Ultrasonography for Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Physicians

Thursday 7:00 am to Saturday 4:30 pm
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 110 Shenandoah Ave. Roanoke, VA 24016

Do you desire a better understanding of using ultrasonography to improve patient care? Attend the Portable Ultrasonography for Critical Care/Emergency Medicine/Primary Care Physicians and Hospitalists Conference; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and fellows will also benefit.

More details available in our flyer (pdf).

Meet and Greet Career Event

Wednesday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Carilion Clinic Human Resources, 1212 Third St., Roanoke, Va.

We’re seeking professionals in billing, medical insurance claims and referral/authorization. Plan now to attend this career event if you are interested in joining other professionals dedicated to their work and team.

For billing/claims openings: we need strong analytical skills, problem solving skills and computer literacy.

For referral/authorization positions: candidates should have at least one year of experience in a health care setting and working knowledge of medical terminology. Degrees or specialized training will also be considered.

Our managers will be on-site for interviews. We want to meet you and learn more about your interest in joining the Carilion Clinic family.

For more information, call 800-599-2537 or email

View the flyer for more information.

Cosmetic Center Open House

Thursday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
2107 Rosalind Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24014

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the new Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center. In celebration of our grand opening, we are offering a 20% discount on all products and aesthetic services* sold during the Open House. Carilion Clinic employees will receive an extra 5% off products and services, a discount of 25%!

Plus, enter our drawing to win a full-size Obagi Nu-Derm System, valued at $440.00.

* Aesthetic services must be booked on or before June 4 to receive discount.


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