The health of our environment directly impacts the health of the people in our communities. Sara Wohlford will discuss her steps from the bedside as an Emergency Room nurse with a passion for the environment, to creating a comprehensive environmental sustainability program for a 7 hospital healthcare system, exciting updates on the work being done by Carilion, and what she hopes to accomplish in the coming years.
Sara WohlfordCarilion Clinic
Sara Wohlford is the Efficiency and Sustainability Program Manager for Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia where she facilitates and coordinates programs for the health care system that reduce inefficiencies and waste, and promote environmental sustainability. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Virginia Tech, Sara conceptualized and proposed her current position, created a work structure for sustainability for Carilion’s seven hospitals, developed the Carilion Clinic Environmental Stewardship Council, developed a program to donate thousands of pounds of excess medical supplies to support medical education as well as international missions. Most recently, her program received the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal for improving the health and the environment in the State of Virginia.