Issue 4 Stories
Presidents Letter

Live the Life You Imagined

I never cease to be amazed at the great work that goes on at Sentara Martha Jefferson. Day in and day out, I hear wonderful stories of the superior care we provide, or about a small thing a team member did that meant the world to a patient in need. It seems like every time I turn around, people are sharing great testimonials with me.

While oftentimes we can associate health conditions with holding us back from doing the things we love, the work that goes on in our facilities also enables people in the community to live the lives they have imagined. I believe it’s worth recognizing our excellent care teams, whom I admire for serving their true calling. They epitomize the reason people go into health care in the first place: to help people and make a difference in the lives of others.

Our nurses are shining examples of that compassionate care, and we recently honored four of our nurses with awards during National Nurses Week, in recognition of their outstanding efforts. We also continue to highlight exceptional nursing care through our DAISY Awards.

That high level of care is also demonstrated in the countless Sentara Martha Jefferson patients who are soon able to get back to enjoying their lives. In one story you’ll read about an avid dirt bike rider who was injured while riding. Thanks to the expertise of our hand surgeons, he felt confident enough to get back on his bike—back to the sport he loves—just months after his surgery.

In another story, you’ll read about a group of women cancer survivors who were treated to a weekend of fly fishing earlier this year, enabling them to be out in nature, learning a new skill and enjoying fellowship with new friends. Being able to help patients heal, so they can do the things they like to do, is a vital component of the service we all strive to provide at Sentara Martha Jefferson.

Finally, our Sentara in the Community story highlights the teamwork recently provided by the coordination of caregivers at Sentara Martha Jefferson and our sister hospital, Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg. Together, our team was able to help a stroke patient regain virtually ALL of her function. Weeks after her stroke, she was begging her doctors to let her go back to work—what a wonderful testament to the teamwork and clinical expertise our stroke team is able to provide across the region. We truly know no boundaries to providing superior care to our communities.

In addition to these types of significant accomplishments, the seemingly small things our providers do for our patients also can make a world of difference in their well-being. Even something as “simple” as being able to get a good night’s sleep can truly make someone struggling with sleep issues to feel like a new person. And in some cases, it’s our providers who help family caregivers realize they need to take time for themselves, to help them feel their best and continue to provide high-quality care for their loved ones.

Being well not only helps us avoid being sick; it also enables us to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of every day with our loved ones. Thank you for giving Sentara Martha Jefferson the opportunity to serve you and your family’s healthcare needs, and here’s to many more years of wellness and happiness.

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