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!

Monday, May 08 2017

Jefferson College of Health Sciences would like to congratulate our spring 2017 Humanities & Social Sciences Essay Contest winners, Jason Hairston (winner) and Emily Wilson (runner up). Both are students in the Jefferson College Medical Laboratory Science Program and are pictured here with MLS Program Director Laura Link.

Friday, March 24 2017

The Class of 2017 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students posed for their class portrait on the Jefferson College campus near Jefferson Street on March 24, 2017. These students will graduate in May. For full details on our Spring Commencement Ceremony, visit

Tuesday, February 28 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Jefferson College of Health Sciences President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop was the special guest speaker at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture at Center in the Square in Roanoke.

The open house and lecture series event was a collaboration with Hollins University, Roanoke College, Virginia Western Community College and Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

About the Harrison Museum of African American Culture
Mission Statement
The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing, preserving and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors. Our purpose is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent.

Vision Statement
Harrison Museum will be a vibrant force in creating community collaborations to capture the rich history and continue the legacy of African culture.

Tuesday, February 14 2017
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.