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 more than 43 percent of rural hospitals, operated in the red during 2015.
Those figures indicate a slight increase from 2014 data showing roughly 25 percent of overall hospitals, and 42 percent of rural hospitals, with negative operating margins. Data from the past two years reflect the continuation of a pattern consistently evid
Saturday in Roanoke was a great day! 90+ people of all ages and riding experience opted to go car less and ride with Mayor Bowers 2 ½ miles from Wasena Park to the Mayor’s monument in downtown Roanoke.
Many riders enjoyed the Strawberry Festival and the Chili Cookoff in the historic city market before cycling back to Wasena Park.
Bike month proclamations from the Governor and Roanoke City Council were presented. Dana Martin, Commonwealth Transportation board member, presented the Governor’s Bike Month Proclamation. The Mayor, representing Roanoke City Council, presented Roanoke city’s Bike Month Proclamation to Blue Ridge Bicycle Club President, Skip Huffman.
Senator Edwards rode a SHARE BIKE to the Mayor’s monument. Vice Mayor Lea and Valerie Garner rode in the Pedicab pedaled by Ron McCorkle with SHAREBIKE.
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Sen. John Edwards gets his helmet adjusted
Sen. Edwards with Sheriff Octavia Johnson
Councilman Rupert Cutler ready to birdwatch
City Attorney, Bill Hackworth
Mayor Bowers with safety vest leads the bike ride.
The Whole Crew
Ready to ride
Barbara Duerk with Mayor Bowers
Elected officials attending included Senator Edwards, Sheriff Octavia Johnson, Vice Mayor Sherman Lea, and council member Rupert Cutler. Bike Patrol from the City Police and Sheriff’s office led the ride. Fire and EMS support helped “rescue” a few tired riders. Melvin Williams, a candidate running for Delegate Fralin’s seat, rode with his wife Pam Fulgham Williams.
The Mayor announced the July 1 start date for the completions of the Greenway near Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The project should take 120 days. Plans connect the Roanoke River Greenway at 13th Street SE with the Tinker Creek Greenway via a bridge over Roanoke River is planned for the near future. Congressman Goodlatte has secured $5 Million for future flood projects upstream from Wasena Park that will include the Greenway. Bowers also championed connecting the Roanoke River Greenway with Blacksburg’s Huckleberry Trail.
Virginia Bicycling Federation “Bicycle Friendly” awards were presented by the Bike Club to Dick Howard and Paul Chapman who founded and implemented the Roanoke Valley Mountain Bike Patrol. Shane Sawyer, Transportation Planner for the Regional Commission and Jerome Holmes,
Ride Solutions, as a dynamic duo working to map bicycle routes, update the Bicycle Plan and introduce new bicycle media median’s. Wake Fulp, is the organizer and team manager for the East
Coasters/BRBC Jr. Racing Team. Wes Best, owner of East Coasters, was recognized for his inspiration and financial support for the racing team. IF ITS PLUS was recognized for their promotional and logistical support for bicycling activities. Jim Lee was recognized for including bicycle access in Greenway Planning, and River Laker was recognized for going car less and making a big deal of it!