Virginia Hospitals recognized for progress in enhancing patient safety and quality of health care

Thursday, April 13, 2017

RICHMOND, VA – This month, two nationally renowned health care quality organizations recognized dozens of Virginia hospitals for exceptional patient safety performance. An announcement this week revealed that 35 Virginia hospitals earned “A” grades in the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade scores from the Leapfrog Group, a national health care patient safety ranking organization. And […]

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U.S. Congress accelerates release of $1 billion from Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Fund

Monday, March 27, 2017

The below press release was forward by Congressman Morgan Griffith’s office and from U.S. Congress titled “RECLAIM Act of 2017 Introduced for 115 th Congress.” WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017) – Today, Congressional leaders united across the aisle and the Capitol Dome to reintroduce the bipartisan RECLAIM Act. The legislation aims to accelerate $1 billion […]

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Impending snowpocalypse leads Gov. McAuliffe to issue state of emergency

Monday, March 13, 2017

Impending snowpocalypse leads Gov. McAuliffe to issue state of emergency

RICHMOND – With forecasts calling for a major winter storm event to impact portions of Virginia tonight through Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2 p.m. today. This action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments as they prepare and respond to the coming winter weather over the next 24 hours. […]

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Roanoke MSA increases jobs for January – Virginia unemployment down

Monday, March 13, 2017

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in January to 4.0 percent, after holding steady at 4.1 percent the previous six months, and was the same rate as January 2016. “This report shows that Virginia is overcoming economic headwinds to create jobs and opportunity for people in every corner of the Commonwealth,” […]

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Roanoke Valley Governor’s School 2017 Student Project Forum Awards

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Roanoke Valley Governor's School 2017 Student Project Forum Awards

On Saturday, January 28th, 264 gifted and talented students from across the Roanoke Valley participated in Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology’s annual Student Project Forum. The following students received awards in their categories: ANIMAL SCIENCES A Third Place “The Effect of Coenzyme Q10 Supplement on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna” Nickolas […]

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Office of Inspector General audit of Roanoke USPS mail delivery finds no concerns

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Except for some weather delays last winter the Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it found that the Roanoke P&DC FCM service scores as measured against these new standards were largely unchanged after the partial consolidation compared to scores from the same period a year earlier. Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) requested […]

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Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s Chip In! & Give Up! amasses $100,000 for charities

Monday, January 9, 2017

Roanoke, VA – With every purchase at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, shoppers are given two chances to give back to non-profits in the Roanoke Valley. Individually, these donations are just pennies, rarely more than $1 each, but collectively the donations recently add up to over $100,000. When you bring your own bag to the registers […]

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Roanoke No. 1 for Best Cities for New Grads to Live and Work

Friday, January 6, 2017

Roanoke No. 1 for Best Cities for New Grads to Live and Work

A total of 589 cities and towns across the U.S. were evaluated on affordability, new grad salaries, entry-level job availability, and amenities. Fort Mill, S.C., January 4, 2017 – Data analysts from GoodCall.com released the list of 2017’s Best Cities for New Grads outlining the U.S. towns and cities where recent college graduates can find the […]

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John Fishwick, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia resigns

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

John Fishwick, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia resigns

After serving for a year, John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today that he recently informed President Barrack Obama that he will be resigning as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia effective at midnight on January 6, 2017. Fishwick took Timothy Heaphy’s place when he resigned in November of 2014. Department of Defense […]

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Virginia hospitals propose behavioral health legislation with bi-partisan support of legislators

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Virginia hospitals propose behavioral health legislation with bi-partisan support of legislators

The Virginia hospital and health system community has developed a mental health package of legislative proposals addressing the preadmission screening evaluation process, inpatient bed identification, commitment hearings, and funding. Mary N. Mannix, President and CEO of Augusta Health in Fishersville and Chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Board of Directors said, “Based […]

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Roanoke City receives “Policing in the 21st Century” Grants

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Roanoke City is the recipient of 3 of thirty-six (36) community policing grants awarded in support of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s “Policing in the 21st Century” Initiative today. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at a meeting today in Richmond. Director Fran Ecker of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which […]

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Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals – What’s next in federal health care policy?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals - What's next in federal health care policy?

RICHMOND, VA – Newly released figures from Virginia Health Information (VHI), the agency that gathers and reports health care data in the Commonwealth, yet again confirm the fact that many local hospitals across the state continue to struggle financially. The numbers show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acute care, critical access, and children’s hospitals, and […]

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