Health and Medicine
A local organization aimed at helping mothers prioritize their wellbeing returns with their fourth annual summit. WFIR’s Emma Thomas reports on the theme of this year’s Women’s Resource Summit:
Carilion Clinic today announced that Steve Arner has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the $2.4 billion not-for-profit academic health system and Nancy Howell Agee continues as CEO.
Arner oversees the day-to-day management of Carilion’s seven hospitals – including a children’s hospital, Level 1 trauma center and more than 240 medical offices.
He has helped spearhead capital improvements that include the Crystal Spring Tower addition to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, on schedule for completion in 2025.
“Steve is an outstanding leader, and we are delighted to promote him,” said Agee. “He has a strong work ethic and cares deeply about our patients, our teams and our work together caring for the communities we serve.”
Arner was integral to the health system’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and, as chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association during the first year and a half of the pandemic, coordinated the collective response of Virginia’s health care provider organizations.
A coalition that provides a range of mental health services wants people to “Go Green” in May, by wearing a green ribbon – the international symbol of mental health awareness. Healthy Roanoke Valley is also developing an on-line platform that is designed to make referrals and continuing care coordination an easier process for those seeking resources help for mental health issues. Letitia Hawkins-Beatty is the Director of Adult and Family Services for Blue Ridge Behavorial Health:
There’s been constant criticism from many about the school lockdowns during the height of the COVID pandemic, and its effect on learning loss, but the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts says that “hindsight is always 20-20.” More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: