Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam meets with Carilion leaders to discuss opioid addiction and its challenges

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam meets with Carilion leaders to discuss opioid addiction and its challenges

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric physician, started off the discussion Wednesday morning with a chilling statistic – there have been 860 deaths so far this year due to opioid overdoses. Virginia is on par to reach 1000 deaths by year end he said. Dr. Northam, met with leaders at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital […]

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Virginia Board of Health rolls back regulations on healthcare facilites providing abortions

Monday, October 24, 2016

On an 11-4 vote the Virginia Board of Health voted to repealed regulations requiring facilities that provide five or more abortions a month to meet hospital standards. The premise for the regulations passed by the General Assembly in 2011 was it keep women safe. The United States Supreme Court had already struck down similar restrictions […]

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Patient safety improvements continue for VHHA member hospitals

Monday, October 17, 2016

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has been selected, as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, among 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The goal […]

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Sen. Warner presses Mylan CEO on 400% increase of EpiPen

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sen. Warner presses Mylan CEO on 400% increase of EpiPen

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today pressed the only pharmaceutical company that manufactures EpiPens to explain recent increases in the price of the lifesaving injection device for children and other people with severe allergies. It has been reported that costs for the EpiPen have risen […]

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Sen. Warner and 40 other Senators send letter to pass emergency funding to combat Zika virus

Thursday, August 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and 40 of his Senate Democratic colleagues urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to immediately call Congress back into session in order to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing public health threat posed by the Zika virus. Zika […]

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CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Resources are thin as South Florida battles mosquitoes in the Wynwood arts district of Miami. A one square mile that has seen 15 Zika cases. In the U.S. the count is up to 1,657 Zika cases. Virginia has 51 as of July 27. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four counties. Yesterday U.S. Sen. […]

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AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Roanoke (December 10) – On Thursday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring will hold a screening in Roanoke of Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful new documentary that will raise awareness of the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs and the epidemic of fatal overdoses. The event and film will both feature Virginians sharing their own stories of […]

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VHHA disputes Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy study on hospital finances

Monday, November 9, 2015

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) today issued the following statement in response to the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy’s release of a report on hospital finances. While the report is billed as a “new study,” it relies on 2013 data released last year. Rather than showing across-the-board hospitals profits, […]

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Good news, bad news: Halloween candy giving up this year says Delta Dental

Monday, October 19, 2015

Good news, bad news: Halloween candy giving up this year says Delta Dental

New Delta Dental Analysis Breaks Down Halloween Candy Giving Trends  If current trends hold, there could be some good news on the horizon for kids in Virginia and across the United States this Halloween. Households giving out candy will be up this year, while parents eating their kids’ Halloween candy will take a steep nosedive. […]

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Report card for each local hospital in Virginia unveiled

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has unveiled its Quality & Patient Safety Scorecard. It is an interactive, online tool that enables users to review data showing hospital-specific performance on key quality, safety, and patient satisfaction measures. The scorecards have been developed at the behest of VHHA’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of […]

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Community Garden volunteers looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor

Monday, October 12, 2015

Community Garden volunteers looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor

At least 50 volunteers showed up Monday to plant the region’s first “Food Forest.” Mark Powell, director of the Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) was pleased with the turnout. It was a joint effort between RCGA and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys said Sarah Stephens, the Goodwill Volunteer Manager. The planting began at 8:30 a.m. […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rep. Morgan Griffith votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Today Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today voted in favor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504). The Defund Planned Parenthood Act would preclude federal funds from being authorized or appropriated for one year to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of […]

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