Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrates Spring Commencement

Jefferson College of Health Sciences at Carilion Clinic will celebrate the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke. Two-hundred eighty five Jefferson College students on the doctorate, masters, bachelors and associate degree levels will accept their diplomas and become alumni of the College during the event. These students will graduate from 15 different academic programs at the College.

Dr. Nancy Agee

Jefferson College proudly welcomes Carilion Clinic President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nancy Howell Agee, ‘15 as the Spring Commencement Speaker. Carilion Clinic is a $2 billion not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia; serving over 1 million people in Virginia and West Virginia. Dr. Agee was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming CEO. During her tenure as COO, she co-led Carilion’s transformation from a collection of hospitals to a fully integrated, patient centered, physician led organization. The reorganization included a public/private partnership with Virginia Tech to create an allopathic medical school and a research institute.

Carilion Clinic is organized as a large physician group with more than 1,000 employed physicians and 7 hospitals ranging from a large, tertiary/quaternary medical center, Level 1 Trauma Center and teaching hospital (third largest in Virginia), to a Children’s Hospital to midsized community hospitals to small rural or critical access hospitals as well as multiple business lines such as Home Health, Imaging Services, Pharmacies and free-standing surgical clinics.

Dr. Agee is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare, immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association (a membership organization representing the nation’s 5000 hospitals). She was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for the past three years and one of the Top 25 Woman in Healthcare by the same national magazine. She received Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award in 2018.

She is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for the Joint Commission (international hospital accreditation organization) and past chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.

Dr. Agee was named Virginia Business Person of the year in 2017 (cover story) and has been on the list of most influential persons in Virginia for seven years. Dr. Agee serves on several boards including a publicly traded community bank (HomeTown Bank), a public utility (Roanoke Gas Company) and a healthcare real estate trust (Healthcare Realty). She also serves as a member of the fiduciary Board for VTC School of Medicine, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, The Virginia Business Council and the Virginia Tech Foundation. And, she is a former member of Taubman Museum of Arts, Director Emeritus of the Mill Mountain Theatre Boards, as well as Radford University.

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