Welcome to the JCHS Snapshot webpage! Jefferson College of Health Sciences is really hopping these days and we want to give you a glimpse into everyday life on our campus. From student activities to hosting VIPs from our community, there’s always something going on at JCHS!

This page will feature snapshots of students, faculty and staff, as well as guests, in our new spaces at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital and in our surrounding community.

We hope you enjoy these shots and will visit this page often to see new photos!

Tuesday, February 14 2017

The following article is reprinted verbatim and photos from the Martinsville Bulletin at:

The goal was to put smiles on some faces for Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, residents from Edwards Adult Day Center got together with the patients from Stepping Stones Inc. Playing popular tunes through the decades, Jessica Riggs, music and licensing coordinator, led participants in several line dances.

The group started out with the Cupid Shuffle, an appropriately named song for the day celebrating love. The synchronized moves got almost everyone out on the dance floor. Many who didn’t dance watched, clapped their hands and grooved in their seats.

With a playlist of recognizable tunes – including the “Electric Slide,” “Macarena” and the “Cha Cha Slide” – several participants who normally remain seated instead got up and busted a move. The change in countenance didn’t surprise Activities Director Dawn Hilburn, who said it’s normal to see more participation when music’s introduced.

“It sparks something in them,” Hilburn said. “People with Alzheimer’s and dementia respond to music no matter what stage it is.”

The activities director said that the identifiable music brings thoughts of participants’ younger years back to mind. Many people were active when the dance songs first became popular, and they learned the moves. Decades later, the motions appear from deep within the brain.

Even if the palms are up when they’re supposed to be down or the left hand touches the left shoulder instead of the right during the “Macarena,” the idea of movement associated with music brings people back to their youth.

“People get up and dance when otherwise they can hardly move,” Hilburn said. “After the music stops, they go right back into the stage they’re in.”

Dancing also helps participants’ balance and coordination skills, as well as their hand-eye coordination. It also has overall health benefits.

“Movement, like dancing or walking, lowers blood pressure,” Hilburn said. “When you’re dancing, you’re laughing and releasing [endorphins].”

While most dances encouraged singular participation, some tunes lent themselves to slow dancing with partners. Participants danced together, as did staff members with the clients.

Steve DeJarnette, an Edwards participant, enjoyed the one-on-one dance time.

“I danced with three women,” DeJarnette said.

The participant especially enjoyed grooving with Stepping Stones employee, Natalie Trotter.

“I’d never danced with Natalie before, but we danced so beautifully together,” DeJarnette said

While he enjoyed dancing, DeJarnette demonstrated his true passion by singing lines from the King’s “Love Me Tender” in front of a group of friends.

“I like singing like Elvis Presley,” DeJarnette said. “I’ve got a better voice.”

Linda Hall, an Edwards participant, didn’t admit to being a professional dancer, but said she had fun at the Valentine’s Day event.

Participants – both at Edwards and Stepping Stones – enjoyed a home cooked meal by Phoebia Carter, who said the most important ingredient was love.

“We had lasagna, toss salad, peach cobbler and French bread,” Carter said. “I just love people and love to cook.”

Before Stepping Stones participants left Edwards, Edwards staff handed each individual a goodie bag.

Edwards participants also went home with a bag of treats, a handmade Valentine’s card, and a gift from a fellow participant.

Amie Knowles reports for the Martinsville Bulletin. She can be reached at

Thursday, February 09 2017

Over the past few weeks, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Administrative Professionals Committee has been collecting Soup for Seniors, an effort to help our older homebound neighbors keep their shelves stocked with warming soups and other non-perishable food items. Now that the campaign has ended, the group would like to thank all of you who donated for your generosity. 

The Committee counted:

  • 205 cans of soup
  • 5 boxes of dry soup mix
  • 4 boxes of crackers
  • 1 jar of peanut butter

Delivery was made on Wednesday, February 8 to The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Friday, February 03 2017

Students and faculty in the Jefferson College Surgical Technology program wore their red scrubs in recognition of National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness about women's heart health!

Thursday, February 02 2017

MSN Students, 2016 Cohort, made a trip to the General Assembly in Richmond to promote issues important to nursing and patients. They met with their legislators or their assistants to advocate for related bills. Mark Lawrence, Carilion Clinic Vice President for Governmental Affairs, gave them a primer for the day before visiting the Health Committee meeting, and then gathered with Virginia Nurses Association representatives, who sponsored the Lobby Day. They visited the Senate Chambers where they were recognized by the Senate President.

Wednesday, February 01 2017

Jefferson College of Health Sciences President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop attended the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in early February.  At the event, Dr. Bishop (far right) is pictured here with (left to right) Dr. David L. Warren, President of NAICU; Congressman Bob Goodlatte, United States House of Representatives for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District and Co-Chair of the Independent College Caucus; and Dr. Bishop's wife, Mrs. Sylvia Bishop.


Wednesday, January 25 2017

The Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness [BRICH] conducted the annual Point-in-Time count of people experiencing homelessness in the Roanoke Valley on January 25, 2017. The Physician Assistant students, for the fourth year, went out in teams with City of Roanoke HAT Team members, police and Jefferson College faculty to survey those folks who were sleeping outside. As future healthcare providers they are well-trained to make the health assessments critical to identifying those needing immediate medical care.  In addition, they donated much needed winter gear—hats, gloves, scarves, coats and more—to those folks who needed them.

Tuesday, January 10 2017

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed Dr. Fidel A. Valea to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. Dr. Valea is a Senior Vice President and the Medical Chair for the Department of OBGYN with Carilion Clinic, and the Department Chair for OBGYN at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of medicine.

Pictured here are Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop and Dr. Valea in the Administration Suite on campus.

Friday, December 16 2016

On Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Student Nurses Association and Student Occupational Therapy Association presented stability ball chairs to a 4th grade class at Monterey Elementary.

Monday, November 21 2016

On Monday, November 21, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed Roanoke City Fire Department personnel from our first, second and third response stations for a facility tour. This is part of an initiative to provide first responders with hands-on knowledge of our facility. These facility tours will continue several times a year and include members of Carilion Clinic and Roanoke City Police Departments.

The first responders pose here in the Jefferson College Administrative Suite with President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Monday, November 14 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed Kathleen C. Duncan, Principal of the Roanoke Technical Education Center and Roanoke City Public Schools CTE Director, and Archie L. Freeman, III, Principal of William Fleming High School to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

Pictured here, from left to right are Jefferson College of Health Sciences Sponsored Projects Coordinator Amanda Ellinger; Jefferson College Chair of the Nursing Department Dr. Ava Porter; Archie L. Freeman, III; Kathleen C. Duncan; and Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop in the President's Board Room on campus.