Carilion Clinic

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Carilion Clinic, formerly known as Carilion Health System, is a Roanoke, Virginia-based tax-exempt integrated health care organization that provides care for nearly one million Virginians. Carilion owns and operates seven hospitals in the western part of Virginia as well as Jefferson College of Health Sciences and a joint venture medical school and research institute with Virginia Tech. The system consists of hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices, pharmacies, health clubs and other complementary services. Carilion Clinic is also home to the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The system has more than 12,100 employees with 685 physicians covering more than 70 specialties.


Carilion originated with Roanoke Memorial Hospital, founded in 1899 and located at the base of Mill Mountain in southwest Roanoke. The hospital expanded into related health care services and the acquisition of other hospitals beginning in the mid 1900s. Most prominent was the acquisition of the competing Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley in downtown Roanoke. The deal took several years to complete because of anti-trust concerns by the United States Department of Justice that two of the three major hospitals in the Roanoke Valley would now be under the same ownership. In the early 1990s, Roanoke Memorial adopted the name Carilion for its consolidated health care business.

Carilion Clinic Reorganization[edit]

In 2006, Carilion's management warned that trends in the health care sector threatened to undermine the organization's financial position. In response, Carilion announced plans for a significant business reorganization that would change its emphasis from running hospitals to hiring more doctors in a larger number of medical specialties, with a primary goal of better coordination of patient care and an emphasis on medical education and research.

The plan was developed after visits to the Mayo Clinic and other similar organizations. As part of the reorganization plan, Carilion renamed itself Carilion Clinic.[1] The vision for moving Carilion toward the "Clinic" model was spearheaded by then-CEO Ed Murphy, who left Carilion in 2011 to work with a New York and London based firm in order to help develop ways to better manage and coordinate physicians and services provided by hospitals.[2]

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute[edit]

As part of the Carilion Clinic's plan to promote education and research, Carilion and Virginia Tech have partnered to establish the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTC) was established on January 1, 2007 and accepted its first class in 2010. The school creates a bridge between science research at Virginia Tech and clinical expertise at Carilion Clinic. VTC is a fully accredited 4-year medical school by LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education).


Carilion Clinic operates seven hospitals located in the South Western region:[3]

Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital (CFMH)[edit]

Located in Rocky Mount, VA, CFMH is a 37 licensed bed hospital that provides 24-hour emergency, general medical/surgical care, obstetrical and maternal care and outpatient services.

Carilion Giles Community Hospital (CGCH)[edit]

Located in Pearisburg, VA, CGCH is a 25 licensed bed critical access facility that provides 24-hour emergency care.

Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH)[edit]

Located in Roanoke, VA, CRCH is a Magnet-designated, 34 licensed bed hospital home to outpatient services such as community care, wound care, occupational medicine, inpatient rehabilitation and pediatric dental. CRCH is also the home of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital (CTCH)[edit]

Located in Tazewell, VA, CTCH is a 56 licensed bed acute care facility that provides general medical and surgical care.

Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital (CSJH)[edit]

Located in Lexington, VA, CSJH is a 25 licensed bed critical access facility. CSJH also serves as a base for Life-Guard 12.

Carilion New River Valley Medical Center (CNRV)[edit]

Located in Radford, VA, CNRV is a 146 licensed bed medical center. The center provides access to more than 50 specialists including cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology and vascular surgery. CNRV is designated as a Level III Trauma Center and serves as a base for Life-Guard 11. In addition, CNRV houses the Saint Albans Hospital for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH)[edit]

Located in Roanoke, VA, CRMH is a Magnet-designated, 763 licensed bed hospital. It is one of the largest hospitals in Virginia and is the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. The hospital houses Carilion Children’s Hospital and offers residencies and fellowships sponsored by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Carilion Children’s[edit]

Located at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Carilion Children’s is a 92 licensed bed hospital within a hospital. It is the 3rd largest NICU in Virginia and the only PICU in Western Virginia. The hospital provides medical and intensive care to neonatal, pediatric and adolescent patients.


Carilion Clinic operates a 24-hour air ambulance service. With a fleet of three helicopters that run out of three bases (Radford, Lexington and West Lake) Life-Guard can provide service for the entire state of Virginia, as well as parts of West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Life-Guard helicopters. Operation began in 1981 and Life-Guard became Virginia’s first air ambulance service.[4]

Jefferson College of Health Sciences[edit]

Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) is the oldest hospital-based college in Virginia offering undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Carilion Clinic partners with the college to provide residencies and fellowships for students. JCHS is housed in Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences[edit]

The Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences (ION) is a 55,000 square foot facility dedicated to Orthopaedics and Neurosciences. ION creates one central space to bring together education, research and patient care from the two disciplines. The Institute provides general orthopaedic, total joints care, sports medicine, brain disorder and neurosurgery services.

Carilion Wellness[edit]

Carilion Wellness is a system of fitness centers owned and operated by Carilion Clinic. With locations in Roanoke, Botetourt and Blacksburg, Carilion Wellness has more than 6,700 members. The fitness centers offer exercise classes, gym equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as wellness programs and services such as nutrition consultations and personal training.


Carilion Clinic runs eight urgent care centers that fall under the brand name Velocity Care. The urgent clinics offer walk-in medical services for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Services include lab work and imagining services, and the ability to treat a wide range of common illnesses and injuries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitcomb, Michael E. (8 April 2010). "New Medical Schools in the United States". New England Journal of Medicine. 362 (14): 1255–1258. doi:10.1056/NEJMp0912179. 
  2. ^ Karen McNew (March 24, 2011). "Carilion changes leaders, not vision". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
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  4. ^ Carilion Clinic Life-Guard

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