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Monday 07/27/2015
Posted: July 27, 2015 - 11:50 am
What surprises Carilion's COO about health care

In a Q&A with Becker's Hospital Review, Carilion Clinic COO Steve Arner said entrepreneurs, not just health care companies, are seeking ways for technology to transform medicine.

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 3:00 pm
CHIP adds behavioral health services for children and families

For 28 years, the Child Health Investment Partnership of the Roanoke Valley has sent nurses and family care managers into homes to help parents care for their children’s physical health.

Monday 06/15/2015
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 10:54 am
Help with insurance premiums at risk in Supreme Court case

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected by month's end to rule on whether Virginians will lose a government subsidy that helps them pay for health insurance through the marketplace exchange.

Thursday 06/04/2015
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 12:49 pm
Carilion Clinic opens cosmetic center

Calirion Clinic recently opened a Cosmetic Center along Rosalind Avenue in order to consolidate its cosmetic surgery services and to expand a line of skin treatments.

Friday 05/01/2015
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 9:59 am
VTC awards its first named scholarships

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine on Friday announced it has awarded its first named scholarships that were created by three couples who were founding donors to the school.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am
Cancer incidents will grow along with an aging Virginia

Demographers expect the percentage of Virginians with cancer will increase significantly as both the number of people living in the commonwealth grows and ages.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 2:31 pm
More children take meds rather than therapy for ADHD

Do parents and professionals rely too much on medication alone to treat children with ADHD?

Thursday 04/16/2015
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 9:51 am
How can care be improved for dementia patients?

Within the next decade, the number of Virginians with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is expected to rise to nearly 200,000. Dementia diminishes the lives not only of its victims but those of their family members.

Thursday 02/05/2015
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:45 am
After 50 years, Roanoke doctor eyes early retirement

If there is such a thing as taking early retirement at the age of 82, Dr. Ken Tuck has done it.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 6:35 pm
U.S. surgeon general checks the pulse of Roanoke area

America’s doctor made a house call to Roanoke on Tuesday.

Friday 01/23/2015
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 6:06 pm
Luna's departure allows research complex to serve new neighbors

The only high-tech business that occupies Riverside Center, a complex once envisioned as a biomedical research park for Roanoke, is moving its headquarters to a new location.

Updated: January 23, 2015 - 6:09 pm
As flu cases ease, so does Carilion's visitation policy

As the fever seems to be breaking on a regional flu outbreak, Carilion Clinic is lifting visitor restrictions at its seven hospitals in Southwest Virginia.

Posted: January 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm
This tax season, health care in the mix

Of death, taxes and health insurance, only the third can be avoided.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm
Obamacare enrollment tops 300,000 in Virginia

With nearly a month of enrollment remaining, Virginia has already surpassed last year’s number of people obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday 01/11/2015
Posted: January 11, 2015 - 12:00 am
Some Roanoke-area employers face insurance mandate

For years, Jeanette Lynch’s two jobs — restaurant cashier by day, house cleaner by evening — produced paychecks too meager to cover the cost of health insurance.

Friday 01/09/2015
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 1:09 pm
Roanoke-area schools to pitch health care careers

For those interested in launching a career in health care, several Roanoke-area schools are holding an informational program.

Wednesday 12/31/2014
Updated: December 31, 2014 - 5:49 pm
Flu reaches widespread levels in Southwest Virginia

For those coughing, sneezing and suffering Southwest Virginians, today is the first day of a flu year.

Tuesday 12/30/2014
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 9:45 pm
Carilion faces funding cuts for too many patient complications

Carilion Clinic is losing $1.5 million in federal Medicare payments this fiscal year as part of a government-imposed penalty for having too many patients develop infections and other conditions that could have been avoided.

Posted: December 30, 2014 - 11:29 am
Virginia insurance enrollment nears 165,000

Nearly 165,000 people in Virginia signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act during the first month of enrollment, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal government.

Monday 12/29/2014
Posted: December 29, 2014 - 9:45 pm
Lawsuit moves forward in Roanoke broadcaster Seth Williamson's death

A judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that a Roanoke public radio personality died from an overdose of painkillers administered by a faulty medication pump.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Carilion gets 5 more years to make plans for Riverside Center site

The future of a prime piece of real estate that sits near the middle of the Riverside Center medical complex in Roanoke remains in limbo, five years after it was the subject of a heated property rights dispute.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 8:31 pm
$736,000 in smoking-prevention grants come to Roanoke, New River areas

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded more than $9 million in grants aimed at preventing tobacco use among young people across the state.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Posted: December 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm
Salem VA seeks to eradicate possible source of Legionnaires' disease

High levels of chlorine will soon be pumped through the water pipes of six buildings at the veteran’s hospital in Salem, a process intended to kill a form of bacteria that may have caused a patient to become ill with Legionnaires’ disease.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 10:15 pm
Legionella bacterium detected in water at Salem VA hospital

A form of bacteria associated with Legionnaires’ disease has been detected in the water system at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, and one patient has become ill.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Roanoke doctor gets probation for illegal painkiller prescriptions

A Roanoke physician who became addicted to painkillers admitted Tuesday that he obtained them illegally to support his own habit.

Monday 12/08/2014
Posted: December 08, 2014 - 8:30 pm
McAuliffe pitches Obamacare insurance during Roanoke visit

With a Dec. 15 deadline fast approaching, Gov. Terry McAuliffe swung through Roanoke on Monday on a push to encourage people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday 12/07/2014
Posted: December 07, 2014 - 2:05 pm
Roanoke County nursing home gets fourth inspection this year

For the fourth time this year, state officials are investigating a Roanoke County nursing home that has already been cited for 45 deficiencies — the most for any such facility in Virginia.

Monday 12/01/2014
Posted: December 01, 2014 - 7:24 pm
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski gets new CEO

A new leader has taken over at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Posted: November 26, 2014 - 2:45 pm
Methadone clinic in Roanoke makes amends with state regulators

A methadone clinic in Roanoke, which was cited earlier this year for 19 violations of state standards, is back in good standing with regulators.

Monday 11/17/2014
Posted: November 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm
Free workshops offered for insurance sign-ups in the Roanoke Valley

If you’re looking for help finding health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the answers could be at your local library.

Friday 11/14/2014
Posted: November 14, 2014 - 6:30 pm
Open enrollment, take two, begins for Affordable Care Act

The second year of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act kicks off today, and it’s a fair bet that some things will be different from last year’s launch.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Roanoke-area hospitals get high marks from accrediting group

The Roanoke Valley’s two major hospitals have received top ratings from The Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits the nation’s hospitals.

Monday 11/03/2014
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 2:52 pm
Doctors at Roanoke hospital using new heart monitoring device

Doctors at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital have begun using a new wireless sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery to better monitor the condition of heart failure patients.

Friday 10/31/2014
Posted: October 31, 2014 - 10:45 pm
Frank Beamer's endorsements for LewisGale throw Carilion off

The competition between Southwest Virginia’s two major health care systems can be as fierce as what you see on a college football field.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Posted: October 30, 2014 - 6:25 pm
Carilion Clinic donates building to Child Health Investment Partnership

Carilion Clinic has donated a Roanoke building that it had been leasing to a nonprofit organization that coordinates health care and family support for low-income children.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 2:46 pm
What do the latest hospital ratings really mean?

Carilion Clinc’s flagship hospital got a C, while the one run by LewisGale scored an A.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Posted: October 28, 2014 - 9:35 pm
Ebola seminar seeks to tamp down public fear in Southwest Va.

Of the 53 Virginians selected by public health officials for monitoring under the state’s new Ebola response plan, none is from Southwest Virginia.

Monday 10/27/2014
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 4:27 pm
Carilion names new chief medical officer

After conducting a national search, Carilion Clinc has selected an internal candidate to be its next chief medical officer.

Friday 10/24/2014
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 3:07 pm
Carilion Clinic acquires urology practice in Christiansburg

Carilion Clinic has acquired a urology practice in Christiansburg.

Updated: October 24, 2014 - 11:42 am
Roanoke doctor's license revoked over improper prescriptions

State regulators have revoked the license of a Roanoke physician, finding that he improperly prescribed painkillers and other drugs to a patient he was dating.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 5:33 pm
Rep. Griffith hosts Blacksburg forum to improve health care

BLACKSBURG — Two members of Congress brainstormed Wednesday with a dozen medical minds on finding cures — both for sick patients and the sometimes broken health care system that treats them.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 10:10 am
Virginia Western to host public seminar on Ebola

Health officials in Southwest Virginia will hold a public seminar next week on the Ebola virus.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 10:30 pm
Roanoke hospital gets practice in Ebola-like precautions

In these days of heightened Ebola anxiety, doctors and nurses at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital recently went through a real-life training exercise.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm
Sen. Mark Warner praises Salem VA

After touring the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner told reporters that he was “angry and dismayed” at the delays veterans often experience before getting their government-provided health care.

Posted: October 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm
VTC Research Institute to study use of social media in addiction recovery

A scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has received a $1.7 million federal grant to study how the use of social media might help people overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Posted: October 11, 2014 - 11:45 pm
Southwest Virginia hospitals feel pinch from Medicare readmission penalties

Eight hospitals from Roanoke to Tazewell County will see their Medicare payments docked this fiscal year under a federal program that penalizes hospitals for having too many readmissions of certain patients.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 2:19 pm
Former Roanoke County nursing home aide cited over abuse of resident

The Virginia Board of Nursing has revoked the license of a certified nurse aide after finding that she abused a resident of a Roanoke County nursing home.

Monday 10/06/2014
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Smooch in Roanoke demonstrates low chance of spreading Ebola

Just back from volunteering in Ebola-stricken West Africa, a Roanoke physician kissed a public health official at a news conference Monday to show how very unlikely it would be to get the disease in Southwest Virginia.

Saturday 10/04/2014
Posted: October 04, 2014 - 11:45 pm
New DEA rules place more restrictions on popular painkillers

To make it harder to get certain prescription drugs illegally, the government is making it harder to get them legally.

Friday 09/26/2014
Posted: September 26, 2014 - 2:25 pm
Anthem health insurance offers live video visits with doctors

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is teaming with a telehealth company to offer live video visits with doctors.

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