Although we are now well beyond the “bricks and mortar” stage, the spirit of our community’s commitment behind our initial vision remains strong. Recently, however, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation has shifted its focus inward, on ways community philanthropy can support the people and programs that serve our patients and their families.
Nursing That is Second to None
As we continue to advance our commitment to patient safety and quality care, our nursing corps is key to that success. The Haden Institute for
Nursing Excellence and Innovation is the engine for making this commitment possible—through advanced education, specialty certifications and research—and community philanthropy is the fuel. To our generous donors, the 55 nurses who have graduated with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, and the thousands of patients they will serve over the course of their careers, thank you.
In a very direct way, palliative care makes a difference for patients and staff, improving quality of life for patients and their families facing serious illness with challenging complications. Focusing on preventing, treating and relieving pain and other debilitating or difficult-to-manage symptoms, the support the Palliative Care team provides to patients is obvious. The team also supports other Sentara Martha Jefferson staff members, however, with time, listening skills and effective treatments, while often sifting through complicated family dynamics, misunderstandings and disagreements. The comfort the Palliative Care team can bring to patients and their families dramatically eases and enhances the work of the hospital’s nursing staff, therapists and physicians. As it has since the program’s inception in 2006, philanthropic leadership makes this all possible, almost exclusively providing support for this special care.
The Caring Tradition
Sentara Martha Jefferson’s Caring Tradition has become synonymous with an implied expectation, or trust, that we will be there for our patients and the community—not only with high-quality care, advanced technology, excellent facilities and world-class staff, but also with a differentiated experience in care and relationship with caregivers. The Caring Tradition is demonstrated through the smiles of our volunteer concierge, support services like massage and group yoga classes, our park-like environment, and our hallways filled with beautiful works of art. We know these seemingly small factors can make a huge difference in the caregiving experience, and we want to make sure we have everything in place to meet the high expectations of quality for our patients.
Your generous support at year’s end makes all the difference in the above areas of philanthropy at work. We know philanthropy starts at “home,” and the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation will always ensure that gifts raised here, stay here. Our commitment to you is that your gifts will be wisely used and well stewarded, and truly make a difference for those served and in service at Sentara Martha Jefferson.
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation