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Heidi McClintic

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 http://www.jchs.edu/virginia-private-college-week-jefferson-college-health-sciences.

To learn more about Virginia Private College Week, you can visit the CICV website at: http://www.cicv.org/Our-Colleges/Virginia-Private-College-Week.aspx.

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 www.jchs.edu.

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Dick Skutt is a walking, talking advertisement for health and fitness. The 86-year-old Warm Hearth Village resident is the only Virginian to place in the racquetball competition in the National Senior Games that took place in Birmingham, Alabama on June 10th.

Over 10,000 athletes from across the country, ranging in age from 60 to 94 years young, competed in a variety of sports at the 2017 National Senior Games.  Events included basketball, Pickleball, swimming and track and field.

Skutt competed in the local senior games held in Blacksburg, then traveled to Newport News to compete in the state competition before going on to the National Senior Games. The racquetball athlete said that he seeks to inspire others--including those much younger than he--to become active and healthy.

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. 

Friendship, the region’s leader in senior living and rehabilitation, has announced the selection of Joseph M. Hoff as its new president and chief executive officer, effective July 18, 2017.

Hoff has worked in a variety of roles in senior and healthcare services in Tennessee and Virginia.  His most recent position was executive director of Brandon Oaks, a nonprofit Life Plan community operating under the sponsorship of Virginia Lutheran Homes.

“Our board of directors is excited about the leadership Joe will bring to continue our growth and find new ways to better serve our residents and our community,” said Ted Feinour, chairman of Friendship Foundation’s board of directors.

Hoff was drawn to Friendship’s 50 years of stability in the Roanoke Valley, and to its reputation for providing a high quality of care for seniors.  Hoff says he looks forward to inspiring a culture rooted in customer service.  “With the services offered at Friendship, we are in both the healthcare and the hospitality business,” explains Hoff.  “I look forward to enhancing the experiences at Friendship for both the residents and employees.

Hoff brings more than 20 years of healthcare management experience to the position. He has broad experience in health care and senior living services, including skilled nursing and long-term care, independent and assisted living, and a variety of therapy and rehabilitative service.

Prior to being appointed as the executive director for Brandon Oaks, Hoff served as the Administrator of the Nursing & Rehab Center for 10 years.  He also worked at Richfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem, Va. and as the administrator of The Brian Center, a 60-bed skilled nursing facility in Fincastle, VA.  Hoff also worked in direct patient care in the rehabilitation departments of the Veterans Administration Centers in Johnson City, Tennessee and Marion, Indiana.

Hoff has served on a number of non-profit boards and groups including the board of LeadingAge Virginia and as a member of the Roanoke Business Council.  A native of Gray, Tennessee, Hoff earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from East Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Ann, have three daughters and two sons.  In his spare time, Hoff enjoys participating in marathons and Ironman triathlons.

About Friendship

Friendship opened its first building in 1966 and has steadily grown since. Over the course of 50 years, Friendship’s evolution has included the addition of new and innovative services, ultimately creating a world-class community where the needs of active adults and rehabilitation patients of all ages are met within a caring community that inspires a belief in living better. Visit www.friendship.us for more information.


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On June 24, 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 11 p.m.This consolidation is to help better serve Carilion’s patients in the community, as the Electric Road location is typically a highly trafficked VelocityCare.

Many seniors have fond memories of planting and harvesting gardens to feed their young families.  Some included herbs in their spring plantings. Staff and residents at Showalter Center, the assisted living residence at Warm Hearth Village, have worked to construct and plant herb gardens.  The gardens contain a variety of herbs in raised beds that are harvested by residents and used in preparing meals in the dining room. Nate McCutcheon, Dining Production Manager shares, “I see the residents enjoying the tranquil scenery around the gardens where birds and butterflies frequent. We use the basil we grow in pesto, sage on our pork and chicken, lemon balm in beverages, cilantro for fresh Pico de Gallo and parsley to garnish our plates.”  

The benefits of herbs for seniors, especially, is greater because herbs produce flavorful culinary additions which can act as a salt replacement, helping older adults to reduce high blood pressure and minimize the risk for overall heart problems.  The mere act of gardening relieves stress for many.  “I love putting my hands in the earth. Gardening helps fulfill this need as a fun ‘chore’ that’s neither too demanding nor too passive. It also feels good to be growing the ingredients that all my neighbors will enjoy,” says Elizabeth Myers, a resident of Showalter Center.

Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg offering full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

The Warm Hearth Foundation was recognized by Leading Age Virginia at its annual conference on June 8, 2017 as the leader in stewardship among its 123 members from throughout the state.  The Warm Hearth Foundation receives and administers funds to support seniors living at Warm Hearth Village who are in need of financial assistance and/or support with basic necessities that include food, shelter, personal care items and health care services. These needs total more than $500,000 each year and the Foundation continually seeks innovative programs and partnerships to engage the community in its fundraising efforts to support neighbors in need throughout the Warm Hearth Village campus.

The Stewardship Award recognizes organizations who act in a manner worthy of trust and respect and who advance public trust and confidence in aging services.  Focused on the scope of public impact and benefit to the community, The Foundation’s efforts to collaborate with businesses, individuals and community organizations to raise funds for seniors in need at the Blacksburg based retirement community were applauded by Leading Age Virginia.

Warm Hearth Village has been a member of Leading Age Virginia since 1981.  A state-wide organization focusing on education, advocacy, community building, stewardship, not-for-profit leadership, and positive aging for seniors, members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services and continuum of care, state and business partners, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.  The mission of LeadingAge Virginia is to expand the world of possibilities for aging

Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

After a record-breaking race in 2016, registration is now live at drumstickdash.net for the 2017 Union Drumstick DASH. This year’s event will be the 12th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K through downtown Roanoke. The race is the Rescue Mission’s largest fundraiser, inviting participants to “Move Your Feet So Others Can Eat.” It has attracted as many as 15,000 runners and walkers and become a treasured Thanksgiving Day tradition for families.

Last year’s DASH racked up several awards and smashed fundraising records, bringing in more than $265,000. It was recently voted by readers of The Roanoker Magazine to receive the top Platinum Award as the “Can’t Miss Local Charity Event.” Virginia Living Magazine readers voted Drumstick DASH the “Best Regional Charity Event” in Southwest Virginia.

“We are so blessed that the Drumstick DASH is so well-loved in our community,” says Race Director Uneita Mathews. “The Rescue Mission served more than 225,000 meals to hungry families and individuals last year, and the DASH helps make that possible.”

2017 participants are urged to take advantage of the special Early Bird discount before registration fees increase after September 15.

In a related event, the Rescue Mission is hosting its’ annual DASH Turkey Drawing Contest this weekend at the Taubman Museum of Art’s Sidewalk Art Show. Young artists are encouraged to visit the museum’s atrium this Saturday and Sunday and draw their most creative turkey—the winner will adorn the coveted DASH t-shirt.

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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.

Freedom First Credit Union recently awarded the Warm Hearth Foundation a Community Investment Grant in the amount of $5,000 to facilitate the production of Common Cents, a play designed to educate elementary-age children about the history and value of money.  The play was written and will be produced by Warm Hearth Village’s Director of Events and Volunteer Programs, Mardy Baker. The Community Investment Grant will enable Warm Hearth Village to provide this program at no cost to 20public elementary schools throughout the New River and Roanoke Valleys. The play will feature residents of Warm Hearth Village, along with actors from the community at large, who will participate as cast members and interact with the children.

” With this program, the basics of saving, spending and sharing will be taught in an exciting and humorous way,” says Baker.   Included in the program will be the history behind why and who was chosen for representation on our basic currency.  Baker says  “I believe this is a valuable opportunity for youth and seniors to interact in a fun environment. Children continue to develop into caring, well-rounded people when they are involved with charities and seniors experience a feeling of usefulness and connectivity.”

Shows are being booked from September to December, 2017. Audition dates are June 14 and 15, from 2 to 4pm.  Sign up for an audition slot by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community providing a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

Dr. Will Griffeth, an eye surgeon with Vistar Eye Center, will perform the first Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) procedure at the Roanoke Valley Center for Sight on Friday, June 2nd. The innovative outpatient procedure offers a new option to patients outside of LASIK surgery and promises a major improvement in their nearsightedness.
 
"Implantable contact lenses are a good option for vision correction in patients with very high myopia, who often fall outside of safe ranges for LASIK surgery," said Dr. Griffeth.  "For these patients, the ability to achieve excellent vision without glasses or contacts can truly be life-changing."
 
The ICL device is an ultrathin lens placed inside the eye in front of the natural lens. ICL is an excellent option for patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK, or who are between 25 and 45 years of age with an appropriate level of nearsightedness. Patients usually notice a dramatic difference before they leave the surgery center.
 
Dr. John Mitchell, a leading ICL specialist surgeon in the D.C. Metro area, will join Dr. Griffeth for Friday's procedures. For more information on the procedures performed by physicians at Vistar Eye Center, please visit . 
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