Carilion Clinic: June 2009

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Six new Virginia Tech Carilion research projects address infectious disease, develop medical technology

Six $30,000 seed grants have been awarded to advance Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine and Research Institute research to address falling risks, prevention and treatment of infectious disease, and development of a patient simulator.

The projects include "Prototyping a Human-like Patient". Virginia Tech associate professor Shashank Priya and VTC Associate Professor Sonya L. Ranson are developing human patient simulators as part of a larger project to create a full-scale patient simulation training facility.

Full details are available on the VT News web site.

Friday, June 26, 2009

UPDATE: CNRV Phone Issues Resolved

Verizon recently experienced phone service interruption throughout areas in the New River Valley. Because of that interruption, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center was without direct phone and fax services. Currently this issue has been resolved and direct phone and fax services restored.

Should patients, family members and friends have any trouble with the phone system, they may still contact Carilion New River Valley Medical Center by calling 540-981-7000 and be connected internally through our switchboard to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.

We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

CRNV Experiencing Phone Issues

Verizon is currently experiencing phone service interruption throughout areas in the New River Valley. Because of that interruption, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center is currently without direct phone and fax services. We are actively working with Verizon and other appropriate individuals/groups to restore service. We currently estimate that we will be restored by early afternoon.

Patients, families and friends can contact Carilion New River Valley Medical Center by calling 540-981-7000 and being connected internally through our switchboard to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. We apologize for the inconvenience will keep you posted on our progress and thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mill Demolition Making Progress

Demolition of the Roanoke City Mills property across from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine construction site picked up the pace this week with the arrival of the wrecking ball.


Accreditation granted through March 2012

ROANOKE, Va. (June 19, 2009) – Carilion Roanoke Memorial and Community Hospitals and Rehabilitation Center received notification from the Joint Commission that accreditation has been approved through March 2012. The Joint Commission conducted an on-site survey this past March on Carilion Clinic’s Roanoke campus.

The Joint Commission certifies and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. Accredited organizations must demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality health care and meet stringent safety and performance standards.

“We are proud to once again receive accreditation from the Joint Commission,” says Nancy Agee, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Carilion Clinic. “Accreditation confirms the dedication of our staff and their commitment to patient care and safety.”

In addition to receiving the Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal”, Carilion Clinic’s Roanoke campus is also certified by the Joint Commission for quality and safety in hip and knee replacement surgery.
For more information about the Joint Commission accreditation programs, please visit the Joint Commission's web site.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Receives Preliminary Accreditation and Begins Recruiting First Class

The school is recruiting students to join the first class, which will begin in the fall of 2010. Applications are being accepted through the American Medical College Application Service. The application deadline is December 1, 2009.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Live Construction Webcam

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Rendering of competed building

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Roanoke City Mills Demolition Underway

Property located across the street from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Anyone who drives down the South Jefferson Street corridor has asked the question - "When are the silos coming down" and "how are they going to do it?" Contractors began preparing the site for demolition this week. The mill, seen behind Carilion's Riverside 1 office building above, will come down piece by piece over the next four months.
The demolition supervisor says there will be no dramatic implosion or explosion. A wrecking ball and backhoes will slowly turn the structure into an estimated 2000 truckloads of concrete and bricks.
One lane of Jefferson Street, adjacent to the site, will likely be closed during most of the time the work is underway. The tallest structures, the block house on the left (above) and the large silos on the right, will be taken down on weekends, allowing workers to completely close Jefferson Street.

Another Tech Award for Carilion Clinic - the "CIO 100" Ranks Carilion Along Side AT&T, Dell and GE, Showcasing IT Excellence

ROANOKE, Va. (June 1, 2009) – CIO magazine named Carilion Clinic a CIO 100 organization for excellence and achievement in IT, honoring Carilion Clinic’s Technology Services Group for their work creating and supporting IT infrastructure. This award recognizes Carilion Clinic’s electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation as one of the 100 most effective uses of information technology.

The CIO 100 awards honor 100 organizations that use IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth. Other 2009 CIO 100 recipients include AT&T, Dell and GE Energy, establishing Carilion Clinic as a national technology leader, not just among health care organizations but among businesses globally.

"I am very proud of the work that the Carilion Clinic EMR team has accomplished in the past 24 months. The physician leadership, clinical work and technical experience that we brought together allowed us to achieve one of the fastest and largest EMR and CPOE roll-outs in the U.S.,” says Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at Carilion Clinic. “Additionally, we have been able to begin to see the patient safety, quality improvement and clinical informatics goals we sought to achieve."

Carilion Clinic's EMR is an integrated system which allows physicians anywhere in the system or the world with Internet and security access to see a patient's full medical history, current medications, allergies, and conditions. It is significant in the world of online health care in that Carilion Clinic's IT team has moved all clinical operations from many disparate processes and databases into a single system and database, thus providing lifesaving technology to improve patient care.

The speed and success of Carilion Clinic's EMR roll out sets it apart from all other major hospital EMR “go-lives” to-date. Carilion Clinic replaced 11 different independent electronic and paper medical and billing systems with a single integrated medical record, converted 780,000 patient records from old systems into the new record which is the largest patient medical record conversion ever, and conducted the most aggressive roll out in the history of its vendor.

Carilion Clinic will officially be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony on Aug. 25. Information about the awards will be featured in CIO magazine and available online at