A Year of Wonders
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
This year’s annual report celebrates the wonders that have occurred here over the past year and the working that made them possible. In this report, we feature a few. There are many more.
The year also provided a wonderful highlight for me professionally—being named Chair of the American Hospital Association. I was proud to share with colleagues across the nation the great work we are doing here—how we’re fighting the opioid crisis, how we’re using robotic surgery to help patients leave the hospital sooner and how our burgeoning Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology campus is creating new jobs and opportunities to grow the region’s economy while improving health care for the communities we serve.
Recognition for Carilion continues. Our Roanoke Campus achieved Magnet designation for the fourth time. And we were the only organization in Virginia to be recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.”
Our reputation for leadership and collaboration continues as well. We worked hard to get Medicaid expansion passed, and it did. Our joint-ventured medical school became Virginia Tech’s ninth college, and the research institute’s new building that will double its capacity began to take shape, with a historic donation from the Fralin family to help recruit world-class researchers.
Importantly, we have done much to advance our care and make it safer. We’ve significantly reduced hospital-acquired infections and readmissions across the system, and we are beginning to reap the benefits of artificial intelligence to prevent medical emergencies.
While all these accomplishments might be validation enough, what makes me most proud is the commitment I see—day in and day out—to the care we provide. It’s the working we do that makes me confident the wonders will never cease.
Nancy Howell Agee
President and CEO