Issue 5 Stories
Philanthrophy

Gifts From Our Community, Supporting Our Community

Since 2001, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation has held a special covenant with community donors to ensure that gifted funds are accurately documented, acknowledged, recognized and tracked per their restricted use for the benefit of patients, staff and the community served by Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. The Foundation Board helps to create a culture of philanthropy, engagement and support for the hospital, with the ultimate goal of securing and stewarding philanthropic resources to meet the hospital’s priority needs and initiatives.

In the face of myriad changes in health care—whether it be our new hospital, our expansive program development or our partnership with Sentara—the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation has been a constant as the community’s connection with the hospital beyond direct health care. Through the Foundation, each year thousands of you make directed donations to support emerging or established priorities, show gratitude for care received, or support the hospital through one of our great events. Large or modest, each donor’s gift is treated with that special commitment from the Foundation Board and staff. While we can never thank you enough, or overemphasize the impact of your philanthropy, the Foundation takes this role and responsibility to heart in pursuing its donor-directed mission.

Through this year and the coming few years, the Foundation will remain focused on hospital philanthropic priorities like the Haden Nursing Institute, the Palliative Care program and the Caring Tradition. Newly adopted priorities include:

High-Risk Breast Program: to identify, guide and support women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Survivorship Care Program: to embrace the growing number of patients living as cancer survivors and to help ensure a supported transition from their intense treatment phase. 

Family Caregiver Support Program: to offer nonjudgmental emotional support to family caregivers, assist them with the skills they need to care for loved ones and provide a trusted referral, as appropriate.

Center for Clinical Education: to support our incumbent non-nursing professional staff and their specialty education needs, and to work with our community to develop career pathways in support of workforce development in needed healthcare roles.

In the spirit of the season, we extend a heartfelt thank-you and wish you the very best in the new year.

-The Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Staff and The Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board

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