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Chefs from area restaurants will be preparing their best cheeseburger creations in hopes of winning the title of 5th Annual Cheeseburger In Parrot-dise Cheeseburger Throw down Champion.  Chefs from Macados, Creole That, Village Gourmet and Holiday Inn Christiansburg have submitted their entries for this year’s competition and the clock is ticking down to the event.

Last year Village Gourmet took the title from Hethwood Market who wowed the crowd for two consecutive wins with their savory barbeque topped burger. This year, Chef Jerome Bonds hopes his creation will be the crowd favorite again.  Jerome is so serious about retaining his trophy that he won’t release the ingredients for his burger.  He tells us that he and Cook, Lynn Epperly have been in the kitchen conducting taste tests throughout the summer working to perfect their creation.  “We can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet. We have something really special this year,” he says.  Big Al’s was the inaugural Cheeseburger Throw down Champion back in 2013 and each year Warm Hearth has worked to bring in new sponsors and Chefs.

Village Gourmet led by Chef Jerome Bonds.  Bonds trained in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC.  He has more than 25 years of experience and prides himself in his Southern comfort food creations. Burger Entry:  Jammin’ Pimento Cheese Burger

Randall Spencer represents Creole That in the competition.  He also owns Blue Ridge Mountain Catering and the Wikiteria Café at the CCRC.  Spencer is a self-trained chef also with more than 25 years of experience in Southern cuisine. Burger Entry:  Franklin County Moonshine Burger

Blacksburg Macados is a new entrant to the throw down this year.  The chef there will wow the crowd with a tried and true favorite appealing to the bacon lovers in the audience.Burger Entry:  Bacon Cheddar Burger

Eric Vann will be showing off his talents for Kem’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn New River Valley Mall.  Vann brings 10 years of experience and a passion for experimenting with and expanding flavor palettes.  His Asian inspiration will give fellow chefs a run for the money. Burger Entry:  Asian Crunch Burger


The fundraiser is a beach-themed event complete with music from local favorites, The Panjammers, a cheeseburger throw down competition, silent auction, DJ on the terrace and more.  There are less than 10 tickets available and they can be purchased online at or by calling 443-3406.

The Cheeseburger throw down works like this.  Included in the $35 ticket price is the opportunity to sample each Chef’s burger creation and a complimenting side dish.  Guests sample all four burgers and place a ticket in the basket for their favorite creation.  The Chef with the most tickets at the end of the night is called up to the stage to accept the three-foot trophy and take it back to their restaurant for display. 

The Warm Hearth Foundation hosts the event as its annual fundraiser for neighbors in need on the Warm Hearth Village Campus.  The Foundation graciously acknowledges the support of many in the community who have helped this event grow each year since it began.  The restaurants provide their burger and side as part of their sponsorship, other local business sign on as monetary sponsors and silent auction donors and residents, family and the community gobble up the 250 tickets each year to be a part of this festive and tropical event.  The goal for this year’s event is $28,000 which will go a long way to helping seniors who rely on the Foundation for support for everything from toiletries to food to health care services. 

The Village Center at Warm Hearth,  2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg

WHEN: Friday, August 186-10 pm



 On Wednesday, August 9, the Warm Hearth Singers performed for a standing room only crowd at the Karr Activity Center on the campus of Warm Hearth Village.  The group of residents, 25 strong, treated guests to a patriotic program consisting of “America the Beautiful”, “My Country Tis of Thee”, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” before closing with “A Salute to the Armed Forces”. 

Don Chalupka, resident of Trolinger Apartments, warmed up the crowd on piano and Donna Gadd, who lives at Showalter Center, performed a soloon the flute.  Ralph Edwards, providing a nod to his time in the Navy, sang the “Navy Hymn” Eternal Father Strong to Save. Residents joined the choir in singing patriotic songs. David Jones, Assistant Administrator/Activity Director at Showalter Center, conducts the ensemble and accompanied them on the piano.  A reception was held following the performance where resident members of the choral group received many accolades for their fine work.  

The group is made up of residents from throughout the Village -- male and female, couples and singles – all young at heart.

Warm Hearth Village is the NRV’s only comprehensive nonprofit retirement community offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.


A doctor with Vistar Eye Center is warning those who plan on watching the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st to protect their eyes. The moon will pass over the sun, but will not reach "totality" in Southwest Virginia. This means part of the sun will still be exposed when at its peak time of 2:40 p.m. and cannot be viewed without lenses specifically designed for the event.

"When the sun becomes covered, even partially, it becomes deceivingly safe," said Dr. Will Griffeth, an ophthalmologist at Vistar Eye Center. "It's important for people to understand that the rays from the sun aren't safe in any case. Without the proper protection, these rays can burn your retina and cause permanent damage to your eyes."

Those who plan on viewing the solar eclipse must do so using solar filters or viewers compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Sunglasses, dilation glasses, and makeshift filters like fabrics or tinted plastics cannot be used. Solar glasses are widely available for purchase, but buyers must be aware of fake lenses on the market.

"Solar viewers that are ISO-compliant will have a stamp indicating so, but that can be easily duplicated and isn't a fool-proof way to identify imposters," said Griffeth. "Check the visibility in your glasses by using them to view the hot filament of an unfrosted incandescent light bulb or the LED flashlight from your cell phone. This light should appear to be very dim and, if it isn't, your lenses are unsafe."

To help further ensure the safety of the glasses, users can look for the ISO certification number 12312-2. Additionally, the manufacturer's address must be present on the eyeglasses to ensure compliance.

Vistar Eye Center is also urging parents to supervise their children at all times during the eclipse as they are more likely to look directly at the sun. The safest way to view the solar eclipse is by watching online with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at . For more information on eye safety visit Vistar Eye Center online at

About Vistar Eye Center
With 12 main locations and 10 satellite offices throughout Southwest Virginia, Vistar Eye Center is the largest all-inclusive ocular health care provider. Vistar provides a range of comprehensive ophthalmologic services, as well as facial cosmetics and oculoplastic surgery to patients of all ages. Vistar's team of highly-skilled, board-certified ophthalmologists treat cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and performs LASIK vision correction, glaucoma laser, and cataract surgery using the latest surgical technologies. For more information, visit or call 540.855.5100.

Susan Gladfelter, pediatric pharmacy specialist at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, was one of the first recipients of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s new Virginians Speak Up for Safety! Award.

The award was created by the VHHA’s Center for Healthcare Excellence to recognize health care professionals who demonstrate a commitment to keeping patients and staff safe in Virginia hospitals and health systems. The award recognizes staff and physicians who identify potential situations for harm in their work environments and who speak up (when it is easy to say nothing, and may be difficult to say something).
Susan was recognized for identifying and reporting an error in Epic that caused an incorrect medication volume to be prescribed. She recognized the error and ensured the patient received the appropriate prescription. Then she followed up with our TSG team and with Epic’s corporate office to fix the system error and prevent the same issue from happening to another patient.
Susan previously was recognized with a Great Catch Award from Carilion in March for reporting this issue.
Abraham Segres, VHHA vice president for Quality and Safety, presented the award to Susan at the CMC Joint Quality Committee meeting in July. He praised Susan for speaking up and recognized Carilion Clinic for creating a culture of safety.
Susan will also be recognized at the VHHA’s annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit held in February in Richmond.

For the ninth year in a row, Carilion Clinic has received Health Care’s Most Wired™ designation from the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. This is the 14th time that Carilion has earned the designation.

“We are constantly evaluating ways to improve the experience of our patients,” offered Keith Perry, senior vice president and chief information officer for Carilion Clinic. “The Most Wired™ designation is a nice affirmation of the work we are doing every day; it takes a tremendous amount of effort and the work of a dedicated group of people to continue to advance technology on behalf of our patients. I’m proud of the great team I’m privileged to work with.”

Most Wired™ hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics.  They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. 
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit

We are proud to welcome Dr. Brian Freeman to our Bedford location! Dr. Freeman will offer primary care to adults and pediatric patients, Monday through Thursday and is now accepting new patients. Dr. Freeman comes to us with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health from VCU. Dr. Freeman acquired his M.D. from the University of Louisville followed by his residency in Family Medicine in Fairfax, Va. Dr. Freeman states working at a Federally-Qualified Health Center “patients generally have a lot of needs and so working here challenges me to be creative a lot of the times in coming up with interventions that can actually help the patient”.

Johnson Health Center is an independent, non-profit, Federally-Qualified Health Center. We are dedicated to delivering high quality, affordable, accessible health care to the Bedford community and surrounding areas. We accept all insurances and provide a Reduced Fee for those who are uninsured. When asked why he chose a FQHC, Dr. Freeman states, “The emphasis on the social determinants of health such as food, transportation, housing, culture, are emphasized in the FQHC model unlike any other practice setting; as a person with a master of public health I find that aspect exciting”. Our services include Primary Care, Behavioral Health, OB-GYN and Dental, are all offered at our Bedford location along with medication assistance through our pharmacy. Dr. Freeman states “I know working at a FQHC I can have my patient evaluated by multiple different specialties within the practice”. 

Finishing residency school in an urban area, Dr. Freeman states he always thought he would practice in a more urban setting-in fact, before coming aboard at Johnson he had two job offers waiting in urban cities, but, he states family is what brought him to Bedford. Dr. Freeman and his wife (from Campbell County) have settled for a more rural country setting. “I recognize I could learn a lot and help a rural population and have a new experience”. Dr. Freeman and his wife are enjoying raising their two daughters here in Bedford County where “I see patients at the store or at a restaurant and I’ve never had that experience, it makes you feel like part of a community” states Freeman.

We know Dr. Freeman will be an asset in Bedford and is now accepting new patients. Freeman says, “Being a primary care doctor is asking to be the patient’s quarterback or project manager-I think in big pictures terms, so this field definitely suits me”.

Patients looking to establish health care can call our office Monday through Friday at 540-415-7010 and schedule an appointment. 

At a celebration held today at Showalter Center, the Assisted Living residence on the Warm Hearth Village campus, residents, families and employees celebrated and thanked Sharon Moye, RN for her dedicated service to residents of the Blacksburg retirement community.

“We are extremely grateful for the many contributions that Sharon has made during her extensive career with Warm Hearth,” said William Lester, Administrator. “For 17 years, Sharon has remained loyal to the success and growth of Warm Hearth Village while developing a personal reputation as one of the best caregivers in the industry. We wish her nothing but the best as she moves forward with her well-deserved retirement,” he adds.

While Moye looks forward to pursuing personal hobbies, she says that simply spending more time with her family is what she will enjoy the most.

Amanda Cruise, RN, BSN has been hired to replace Moye.   Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home. 

As we seek ways to purify our homes, examining the air we breathe becomes a critical factor in improving our everyday health and wellness.  

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is among 24 institutions across the state taking part in Virginia Private College Week from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 28, 2017. The program includes campus tours and information on how to apply for admission and financial aid.

Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), the annual event gives high school students an alternative to squeezing in campus visits during the hectic academic year. In addition, students who visit three or more of the participating colleges during the week will receive application fee waivers for three Virginia private colleges of their choice.

Jefferson College will host visits for prospective students and their families. Participants can learn more and register online for an appointment to visit Jefferson College by visiting

To learn more about Virginia Private College Week, you can visit the CICV website at:

About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at


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