Highlanders in the News: Week of Jan. 10

Every week, our Highlanders are using their education to do extraordinary things. Here, we’ll highlight some notable mentions from local, regional, national and international news media. Whether our students, alumni, faculty and staff are featured as subject matter experts in high-profile stories or simply helping make the world a better place, we’ll feature their stories.

Carilion's Curtis tapped for Roanoke magazine's young professionals list 

Carilion Clinic public information officer and media relations consultant Hannah Curtis

A recent Radford University Carilion graduate has been singled out by The Roanoker magazine in its annual “40 Under 40” list.

Hannah Curtis, a media relations consultant and public information officer for Carilion Clinic, was among those chosen for the bi-monthly periodical’s January rankings of noteworthy young Roanoke Valley professionals.

Curtis began working for the health care organization in 2015 as a public relations specialist. She rose through the ranks while also earning her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Radford University Carilion in 2020.

Those profiled by The Roanoker were culled by the editors from 135 reader nominations, and, at age 28, Curtis is on the younger end of the group; only eight of the 40 figures who got the nod are in their 20s.

The article says Curtis “led efforts for the media for the region’s first vaccination clinic” during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and that her work “brought together the major health systems in Central and [Southwest Virginia], along with [emergency medical services] agencies and [the Virginia Department of Health] to share ways the public could slow the spread.”

Curtis’ nomination quotes Carilion President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee, who deemed her potential “limitless.”

“Over the years, she has become a trusted advisor for me and my team. We value her opinion and her expertise as we navigate communications needs, and we’re grateful to have her on our team,” Agee said.

“If there’s anything that I’ve taken away from the pandemic, it’s the importance of understanding and collaborating with the community to promote equity and positive health outcomes,” Curtis told The Roanoker.  

“These are jobs that are never done, and I couldn’t think of a more rewarding challenge to face as a communicator.”

Jan 14, 2022
Neil Harvey
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