The Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation 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.” As we enter our sixteenth year, the Foundation, with the support of our generous and caring community, has raised more than $75 million to support advanced patient care, programs and caregivers, as well as to help build, equip and landscape the new hospital and campus.
In 2017, a new set of priority needs and initiatives have been identified. For the next three years, the Foundation will focus on the priorities below. As always, thank you for your continuing commitment and dedication to our great community hospital.
As our nationally accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center continues to develop, we are proposing the development of a high-risk breast program. Each year, an estimated 1,000 women are identified at the hospital as being at high risk for developing breast cancer based on things outside of their control, such as genetics and family history.
The key elements of the high-risk breast program will include:
• Screening of every mammography patient for potential risks
• Personal follow-up by a dedicated breast health navigator for those identified with significant risk factors
• Access to a genetic counselor for testing, education and options
• Support of physician champions, including a board-certified breast surgeon and board-certified medical oncologist
• Care planning, tracking and follow-up by a dedicated nurse practitioner
• Opportunities to attend support groups and gatherings
In addition to the high-risk program, we also plan to focus on cancer survivors. The Survivorship Care Program will embrace the growing population of cancer patients living with what has become, for them, a chronic disease state through the following scope of needs once patients are discharged:
• Support groups for patients and family caregivers
• Nutrition and exercise counseling
• Rehabilitation needs
• Education and anticipatory guidance on potential late, long-term effects
• Symptom management
• Long-term surveillance
Family Caregiver Support
The family caregiver is an individual who plays a critical role in affecting patient outcomes—especially when cancer is the diagnosis. These caregivers face daunting challenges: Not only are they often not prepared for their new responsibilities, they usually have not signed up to take them on, and they aren’t compensated to carry them out. In addition, these responsibilities become an additional burden to them, on top of their existing day-to-day priorities. Knowing that this can be a stressful role—yet one that can have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of their loved ones—we are proposing a Family Caregiver Support Program to help family caregivers fulfill these important duties.
The Family Caregiver Support Program will offer nonjudgmental emotional support, assist in navigating the hospital and healthcare system, and provide referrals to relevant community resources. Additionally, the program will provide group opportunities for learning and sharing, consultation with care professionals such as chaplains and social workers, and respite opportunities to allow caregivers to recharge.
Center for Clinical Education
In support of our most important asset—our staff—and in an effort to continue to advance clinical excellence in patient care, in 2017 we are excited to implement the Center for Clinical Education in support of non-nursing professional clinical staff.
Caring for patients is not the responsibility of a single profession, but rather that of the entire clinical team. The educational opportunities provided through the Center for Clinical Education will support extraordinary outcomes for our patients, while also providing fulfilling, life-enhancing experiences for our clinical staff. Educational preparation also provides greater advancement opportunities and salary potential, helping to bring economic benefit to the local community.
The following are proposed initiatives of the Center for Clinical Education:
• Program development to “grow our own” for difficult-to-recruit specialty positions (e.g., echosonographers and sleep technologists). In conjunction with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), we have a history of developing educational programs in support of specific hospital needs, particularly in clinical areas where experienced local clinical applicants just don’t exist. We will be able to work with PVCC to establish a program that specifically meets both the needs of the hospital and community.
• Scholarship support for current staff, specifically surrounding new clinical programs.
• Scholarship support for specialty certifications, as required by specific positions. Specialty certifications that enhance patient care and serve to advance professional status and clinical staff opportunities will be supported, up to $500 per individual, per year.
• Scholarship support for other clinical specialty programs, at PVCC or other institutions (as approved by the hospital).
• Advanced degree scholarship opportunities for exceptional staff at the bachelor’s and master’s levels