Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Carilion Clinic's medical and administrative leaders have been called on by local, regional and national media outlets to share their expertise and perspective with the community.
We have listed just a few recent interviews below. Follow Carilion Clinic on social media to stay on top of vaccine information, emerging research, new treatments and enhanced safety measures throughout our facilities.
- Mark Greenawald, M.D., vice chair of Family Medicine, was featured by the American Medical Association for his insights into gratitude practices for health care professionals.
- Christopher Pierce, M.D., Carilion Clinic Pediatrics, spoke with WDBJ about keeping student-athletes healthy during the pandemic.
- Paul Skolnik, M.D., chair of Medicine and infectious diseases specialist, spoke with WFIR about the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
- Patrice Weiss, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, discussed the importance of teamwork at every level in responding to COVID-19 in a co-authored article for the American Medical Association.
While coronavirus is the topic of much of our outreach, our experts are also recognized for their notable contributions to other health and wellness issues in our community. Among them:
- Carilion Clinic received the 2020 Outstanding Organization Award from the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance for 2020 for our contributions to regional health care emergency management, essential contributions to the regional effort; and high standards of cooperation and leadership with other community and regional emergency management partners. See the Carilion Clinic Incident Command Team's response to the award in the video below.
- Carilion Clinic researchers and multi-institutional partners across the commonwealth have received $200,000 in pilot grant funding from the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) for a five-part collaborative research initiative ranging from medication for epilepsy to pediatric heart transplants.
- Katie Martin, R.N., Carilion Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), was featured as a "40 Under 40" leader in the Roanoker Magazine for her record of excellence in both direct patient care and in mentoring and training new nurses, all while volunteering at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital's Ronald McDonald Family Room and advocating for recycling and responsible handling of medical waste.
- Jaclyn Nunziato, M.S., M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, was featured as a "40 Under 40" leader in the Roanoker Magazine for her many achievements, including her focus on the "fourth trimester" of pregnancy and her creation of the nonprofit Huddle Up Moms support community for women.
- Johnathan Phillips, R.N., received the 2020 Year of the Nurse Award from the Virginia Nurses Foundation for his efforts as a palliative care nurse to improve connection and communication for isolated COVID-19 patients under his care.
- Sara Wohlford, M.P.H., R.N., discussed the role of nurses in keeping care teams and patients safe from medical waste in an article shared by nurse.com.
- Former students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine have chosen to return to Carilion to serve our region, as reported by the Roanoke Star.
And as 2020 highlighted the importance of coordinated, objective communication in response to crises, the Blue Ridge chapter of PRSA (the Public Relations Society of America) recognized Carilion Clinic's Marketing and Communications team for its leadership and collaboration on that front throughout the pandemic:
- Gold Summit Award for Media Relations for the Town Hall event, “Coronavirus: A Community Conversation."
- Best in Show Award for PR Tactics, also for the Town Hall event.
The team also won the Silver Summit Award for Media Relations for its communications surrounding the expansion of Carilion Children's at Tanglewood Mall. And Chris Turnbull, Carilion's senior director of corporate communications, received the inaugural COVID-19 Communications Award for embodying the best of the public relations profession while responding to the pandemic.
Find out about our COVID-19 research here.