At the confluence of community engagement and philanthropy through the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Twenty-three members strong, the Board helps to create a culture of philanthropy, engagement and support for the hospital, with the ultimate goal identified in the Foundation’s mission to secure and steward philanthropic resources to meet priority needs and initiatives of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. While each member accepts the individual responsibility to identify and cultivate donors for the hospital’s important work, the strength of the Board lies in its diverse experiences, representation and connections.
In our following philanthropy articles, you will be introduced to two of our members: Blair Williamson, president of S.L. Williamson Company, and Katy Kreienbaum, coordinator of the new Family Caregiver Support Program and a former chair of The Women’s Committee.
The Foundation Board functions under the following set of principles:
• Private, community support is essential for the hospital to meet its mission of improving health every day through quality medical care and treatment, and its commitment to excellence through personal service and the Caring Tradition.
• Building supportive and sustaining relationships is the first step in attaining financial goals.
• Need as presented through our case for support, transparency in operations and effective stewardship of gifts help demonstrate to the community our worthiness for support.
• Steadfast adherence to our commitment and solemn promise to raise and use gifts locally, ensure maximum impact through stewardship, and honor gift and donor restrictions.
Board members also serve as connectors between the hospital and our community. Through exposure, participation, education and personal giving, all Board members ultimately should communicate their understanding of the need, their belief in it and their personal support for it, and express an invitation to others to join them.
Hospital and Foundation leaders distinguish thoughtfully between the cost of hospital operations and the resources required to support programs and services that meaningfully enhance the patient and family healthcare experience and bolster care delivery (but may lack an easily defined financial return). Jonathan Davis, President of Sentara Martha Jefferson, and the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board work together to determine annually where community philanthropy will have the most significant impact.
Serving with distinction, the Foundation Board relishes these responsibilities and opportunities to connect with our outstanding community of philanthropists, grateful patients, and event participants and sponsors.
The 2019 members of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board of Directors are:
Bryan Thomas, Chair
Katy Kreienbaum, Vice Chair
Peter McE. Buchanan
John R. Gaughen, MD
Gregory M. Graham
Erik S. Greenbaum
Stephen B. Gunther, MD
Robert F. Harman, DDS
Janemarie D. King
Will Knight, MD
Lindsay W. Marshall
Charles F. Stamm
Elizabeth Standish Sackson
Nancy P. Terry
Blair K. Williamson