Health System Partnerships
Carilion Clinic is a non-profit integrated healthcare organization that owns and operates seven hospitals in western Virginia. Carilion Clinic is a Level 1 Trauma Center that employs more than 13,000 people, including 700 physicians in more than 70 specialties. They provide care to 1.5 million residents across Virginia and West Virginia and are the largest employer in the Roanoke Valley.
The VTC Partnership: On January 3, 2007, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, then Carilion Clinic President and CEO Edward G. Murphy, and the governor of Virginia joined to announce the creation of a public-private partnership in the form of a new medical school and research institute, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. In 2019 the research institute was renamed to Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. The partnership has infused more than $500 million into the local economy.
The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech are expanding research operations on the Children's National Research & Innovation Campus in Washington, D.C. The new laboratory space in D.C., which opened in 2021, will be home to a team of Virginia Tech scientists who will work alongside researchers and clinicians at Children's National and JLabs to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics to treat pediatric nervous system cancers.
In March, 2019, the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) was awarded a five-year grant of nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance innovative ideas from the point of discovery to implementation in clinical practice and population health. iTHRIV includes the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic as partners, with the Center for Open Science and UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group as affiliates. The focus of iTHRIV is “using data to improve health” and leverages the data science expertise across the state.