Recently,Virginians of all ages were invited to learn more about trailside trauma and safety. Hereâ€™s some of what they learned.
On , providers and staff who work at Carilion's Oak Grove Velocity Care will be moving to the Electric Road location, consolidating the practices. Hours at the Electric Road location will then extend until This consolidation is to help better serve Carilionâ€™s patients in the community, as the Electric Road location is typically a highly trafficked VelocityCare.
Not many people work in a profession that requires them to dedicate their lives to helping others like the field of healthcare does. During national healthcare recognition, we have challenged people to sum up in a few words the impact their profession means to them and how important it is for their community.
Urgent Care Clinics and Emergency Departments in the region have seen a surge of patients experiencing cold and flu symptoms during the last week. In response, to enhance access to care, Carilion Clinic's VelocityCare clinic at 4035 Electric Road near Tanglewood Mall will remain open until through at least (Mar. 16), and possibly longer depending on the community's need.
Program participants at the Rescue Mission will soon have more opportunities for strengthening their bodies along with their minds and spirits. Carilion Wellness Roanoke is donating 18 exercise machines it is replacing with new equipment.
â€śWe are thrilled to receive this generous gift on behalf of participants in our Recovery and Tabitha Programs,â€ť said Chief Program Officer Helen Ferguson, â€śas it will give them more opportunities to work through stress with exercise. We always encourage our participants to exchange destructive behaviors for positive ones. Exercise is a wonderful substitute for addiction and promotes a healthy life style change.â€ť
â€śWe hope that engaging the Rescue Mission residents in a way that emphasizes their wellness â€“ their wellbeing â€“ will help them with self-esteem, confidence, morale, and of course physical health,â€ť said Bud Grey, Vice President for Carilion Wellness.
The Rescue Mission plans to put some of the machines in its Women and Childrenâ€™s Center. The rest will be housed in the Menâ€™s Shelter building for use by Recovery and Tabitha Program participants.
Carilion has partnered with the YMCA, which will provide assistance with equipment orientation and training.
The equipment will be delivered and set up at the Mission on Tuesday, Feb. 28th. Officials will be on site and available for interviews between 12:30 and 1:30pm.
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, located at 402 Fourth Street SE, is a 501(C)(3) grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. Receiving no government funding of any kind, the Rescue Mission is supported by the generous donations of our community partners. Since 1948, The Rescue Mission has consistently served all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net, or call (540) 343-7227.
This is the time of year when many of us are trying to make good on our New Yearâ€™s weight-loss resolutions. Weâ€™re furiously dieting and steadfastly working out, trying to get our bodies down to that elusive â€śideal weightâ€ť goal.
In the last remaining months of 2016, the governor of Virginia declared that the nationwide opioid epidemic had become of public health emergency in the Commonwealth. Statistically, the number of fatal opioid overdoses had increased by 77 percent, compared to that of just five years ago.
In an effort to face this crisis head-on, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services implemented a program called REVIVE!, which Carilion Clinic pharmacists have since established locally at all Carilion pharmacy locations.
REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education program for the Commonwealth. Thanks to its implementation, Carilion pharmacies are now stocked with REVIVE! kits, which are outfitted with Naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose when used properly.
What makes this program especially unique is that these kits are available for anyone at a total cost of $60. Additionally, some insurance providers will cover the kitâ€™s cost, allowing those covered to purchase the kit with a small copay.
â€śWe felt that it was crucial to provide these lifesaving resources to not only those immediately impacted by opioid use, but also any concerned friends, family members and those who simply want to be prepared,â€ť explained Carilion New River Valley Medical Center Pharmacist Charlie Tarasidis.
Anyone over the age of 18 is now able to pick up these kits from a Carilion pharmacy. In addition to picking up the kit, pharmacists provide a brief but required educational introduction to the kit and its contents, answering any additional questions.
The public is also strongly encouraged to attend a REVIVE! Naloxone Overdose Course offered by their local health department or the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
â€śOur communities are already suffering from this crisis,â€ť said Tarasidis. â€śToo many have already experienced a loss. Because of that, itâ€™s even more important to raise awareness of these readily available, life-saving resources.â€ť
For more information, contact your local Carilion pharmacy.
On Monday, Jan. 30, Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed Senator Tim Kaine. He spent the morning visiting with leaders, faculty and students, discussing health care and education.
Earlier this month, Senator Kaine was added to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Senate Committee. And while heâ€™s always had a passion for education and health, he noted how important his discussions with Carilion, Jefferson College and other health care related organizations were to his understanding of the issues.
After an early morning meeting with leaders at Carilion, Kaine joined Jefferson College president Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, on a tour of the college, including the ambulance simulator, the Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab and the respiratory therapy lab. The innovative learning environment was impressive, he said, and they added to his conversations with students and administrators, in his ongoing effort to understand better the intersection of health care and education.
Kaine is approaching his new role like he has approached his previous roles as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond, with a strong focus on collaboration. He talked of sitting around the table with all health care stakeholders to discuss what is, and what is not working, in order to spur progress and move forward. He hopes to use face-to-face dialogues, like those at Carilion and Jefferson College, to spark much needed conversation in Washington.
More than 80 students spent time with Kaine during his visit, and they probed him on issues as varied as the future of the Affordable Care Act, Congressâ€™s involvement in mental health care, the health insurance marketplaces, and student loan debt. According to Kaine, student loans are at the forefront of his concerns, and he offered a preview of what might be coming. The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will be rewriting the Higher Education Act, he said, which will directly impact financial aid for students across the state.
Kaine left students with one piece of advice. He hopes they will think of their jobs as health care educators, not solely as healthcare professionals.
â€śWe will never like the outcomes weâ€™re getting if weâ€™re not more focused on health promotion,â€ť said Kaine.
While he acknowledged that many concerns exist about the ongoing changes in our state and national government, Kaine said the â€śAffordable Care Act debate will shape studentsâ€™ careers.â€ť He believes that by speaking to everyone affected â€“ patients, students, physicians, health care organizations, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies â€“ â€śwe will find the path we need to follow [for success].â€ť
ABOUT CARILION CLINIC
Carilion Clinic is a tax-exempt health care organization serving nearly one million people in Virginia through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information visit www.carilionclinic.org/about.
ABOUT JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private college owned by Carilion Clinic, offering doctoral, graduate, bachelor and associate degrees to more than 1,000 students in Southwest Virginia. To find out more information, visit www.jchs.edu or www.carilionclinic.org.
As you travel along lifeâ€™s journey, it can be fun to step back and take a look at how far youâ€™ve come. That holds true in the journey toward better health as well. Working with your primary care doctor to make healthy lifestyle adjustments pays off in both the short and the long term.