Health and Medicine

Alan Fabian CEO LewisGale Medical Center. G Marrano photos

An 11 year-plus battle to obtain a Certificate of Public Need from the General Assembly behind them, LewisGale Medical Center broke ground today on a 6-bed, 2.5 million dollar NICU for premature infants who can stay at the same hospital as their mothers. Carilion Clinic had opposed the LewisGale Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for years, saying it had more than enough capacity to meet those needs. After several failed votes the new COPN made it through the General Assembly. The NICU in Salem should open by early next summer. Dr. John Harding is the Director of Mother-Baby services Rendering

Cynthia Lawrence Carilion photo

Making sure students in local schools and colleges – and adults looking for career choices – know about opportunities in the Health Sector. On Thursday the Blue Ridge Partnership for Health Science Careers will hold a half-day advisory conference, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

for more information e-mail: celawrence@carilionclinic.org. Or call 703-624-8448

G Marrano photos

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have used a towed trailer in the past to deliver services to people in the region – but now they have an R-V truck. DASH – short for “Delivering Accessible and Sustainable Health” was at the Salem Farmer’s Market this morning.  This morning free Hepatitis-A vaccines were among the services offered in Salem. Next Tuesday the DASH mobile clinic will be at the Vinton Public Library. Federal COVID-19 relief funding paid for DASH. Christie Wills is a communications officer for the health districts:


Pregnant women with any concern about getting a flu shot – with the upcoming “season” expected to be more “normal” when it comes to the number of people infected – should be assured its safe. So says a Carilion physician, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: