Philanthropic Priorities to Strengthen Our Margin of Excellence

Philanthropic Priorities to Strengthen Our Margin of Excellence

Since its founding in 1903, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has been providing exceptional care for our community, rising above unforeseen challenges to maintain its world-class status.

Supported through the generosity of our community, the mission of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation is to help Sentara Martha Jefferson remain at the forefront of high-quality health care while retaining our personalized Martha Jefferson Caring Tradition. The generosity and partnership of our community helps make this a reality, and we are grateful for your dedication and support. 

The modern-day challenges of COVID-19 underscore the critical role of philanthropic giving in supporting the unmet needs of our front-line healthcare workers, our patients and their families, and those most at risk in our community. Here are just a few examples of the ways in which contributed support continues to make a difference for the health and well-being of our community.

Cancer Screening, Survivorship and Treatment 

Approximately 1,000 women are identified each year at Sentara Martha Jefferson as being at increased risk for developing breast cancer. As an integral component of our nationally accredited Comprehensive Breast Care Program, with community support the hospital has established the High-Risk Breast Cancer Program to go beyond what insurance providers will cover and provide genetic counseling, testing and education, exercise and nutritional counseling, and personal follow-up with a nurse navigator for those identified with increased risk.

Philanthropic support also is instrumental to our Cancer Survivorship Program, which helps patients transition into a new phase of life after cancer care. This program provides a network of services and support, including group and individual counseling, rehabilitation programs to aid patients with physical and mobility issues, and mindfulness-based cancer recovery workshops.

Educational and Professional Advancement for Nurses and Clinical Staff

Quality patient care is defined by the quality of our healthcare delivery team, which is why since 2013 the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation has funded educational scholarships through the Haden Nursing Institute. To date, more than 185 nurses have received scholarships, enabling them to return to school and earn advanced degrees. Evidence demonstrating the close correlation between advanced education, improved patient outcomes and reduced mortality is strong. Thanks to the community’s continuing support, Sentara Martha Jefferson is well on the way to realizing the goal of having at least 80% of our registered nurses attain at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing. We continue to seek community support to achieve this goal.

In 2017, the Foundation extended comparable educational opportunities to our non-nursing professionals through the establishment of the Clinical Education Center. Philanthropic gifts to this program advance the careers of clinical professionals, including respiratory, occupational and physical therapists, as well as medical technicians in the laboratory, pharmacy and operating room (see Hathaway story on page 41). 

Programs for Patients and Families Living with Serious Illness

To support the medical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our patients and families, community gifts fund the Palliative Care Program and the Caregiver Center through the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, offering a lifeline to patients and their loved ones as they navigate the complex and unfamiliar world of health care. Palliative care is a medical subspecialty that excels in symptom management and improving quality of life for patients with complex or serious illness. While the majority of palliative care patients seen in the outpatient clinic are receiving cancer care, the team also sees inpatients being treated for neurological, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, and, most recently, for complications arising from COVID-19. Philanthropic support is essential in providing palliative care and decision-making assistance to patients and their families throughout the progression of an illness, as well as at end of life. 

Similarly, the new Caregiver Center provides a unique resource for families. Frequently ill-prepared for overwhelming circumstances, caregivers can be at a loss in navigating the healthcare system, coordinating and caring for loved ones, and balancing their own lives. Fully funded with private support, the Caregiver Center provides a lifeline of emotional support, assistance and guidance. Centrally located near the Phillips Cancer Center, the Caregiver Center offers an oasis for spouses, parents, children, siblings and friends as they support their loved ones.

Caring Acts of Kindness

The Martha Jefferson Caring Tradition is a culture of compassion, respect and kindness that defines Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Through the Caring Tradition Fund, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation supports thoughtful, personal touches that help reduce anxiety, lend comfort, and create better experiences and outcomes for patients and their families. 

Every nursing unit and program at Sentara Martha Jefferson is touched by the Caring Tradition Fund, which is truly a flexible source of philanthropic support to help wherever the need is greatest. From the Acts of Kindness Program that enables staff to provide a small gift for a patient needing a little extra encouragement or support, to massage therapy for cancer patients, to the purchase of glider chairs for parents comforting children, to pet therapy programs for patients and staff, the Caring Tradition Fund makes possible large and small programs that, together, result in an unmatched margin of excellence. 

Please consider a year-end gift to the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation. As always, 100% of your gift will go to programs and initiatives in our local community. Visit or call us at 434-654-8258.

“I feel fortunate to have such a wonderful [program] right in our neighborhood. During all of my interactions with caregivers at Sentara Martha Jefferson, I always feel like I come first—and that helps motivate me to take care of myself.” —Tina LaRoche, patient

“The Sentara Martha Jefferson respiratory therapy team saved my life in 2017, inspiring me to establish the Marshall Make A Difference Fund to provide educational awards to members of the respiratory team. During the COVID pandemic, the respiratory therapists are truly on the front line and deserve our support more than ever.”—Lindsay Marshall, grateful patient and Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board member

“Thank you and your team for the compassion that is not learned and for kindness that goes far above and beyond.” —Jaimie Bachmayer, patient


Keep Moving

Joint pain—whether caused by arthritis, natural wear and tear, or injury—can interfere with even the most ordinary pleasures of life: gardening, hiking, playing with grandchildren, volunteering at church or taking family vacations. But patients can find relief at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, a leader in hip, knee and shoulder replacement and resurfacing procedures.

Learning to Manage Diabetes

A chronic condition that affects many of the body’s organs, diabetes can be challenging to control, requiring regular monitoring and careful control of carbohydrate intake. Although numerous medication options exist to help manage diabetes, finding the right one can take time.

Seasonal Flu or COVID?

When the COVID-19 pandemic took root in March, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, much like hospitals all across the world, worked tirelessly to understand the new strain of coronavirus and plan for the impact it would have on patients, healthcare workers, the hospital and surrounding communities.
The Best Medicine

Lessons Learned from a Year in the House

OK, 2020. You’ve got some explainin’ to do. Entering this year, I assumed it would be a great one, simply because the number 2020 had a numerical symmetry that connoted terrific things
Physicians Perspective

Testing for Suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the upper airway collapses during sleep and blocks normal airflow. This collapse occurs when the muscles supporting the soft tissue in the throat relax, temporarily constricting the airway (often, bed partners or other family members will notice the stoppages in breathing).
On-Call Advice

Are heartburn and acid indigestion the same thing?

Although both conditions involve discomfort and feature symptoms that tend to overlap, leading many people to use the terms interchangeably, heartburn and acid indigestion occur in distinct areas of the body.
Improve Health Everyday

Coping and Even Thriving During COVID-19

Since arriving in the United States in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic truly has turned our world upside down. Many thousands have lost their lives, while countless others have lost their livelihoods.
Womens Health

Veins Vexing You?

Varicose veins and spider veins—those red, purple and blue lines and webs visible just below the surface of the skin—can be an unsightly nuisance. Or worse.
Clinical Excellence

3D Mammography

If you haven’t heard about three-dimensional (3D) mammography yet, read on! Also known as tomosynthesis, 3D breast imaging is the most up-to-date breast screening technology available to women today.
Improve Health Everyday

Flu Shots Are Even More Important This Year

With the COVID-19 pandemic still among us, and given the medical complexities the disease can produce, getting your flu shot early this year is crucial.
Health Matters

Practice the Basics of Infection Prevention

Infectious diseases spread through a variety of means. Respiratory diseases like COVID-19, influenza (flu) and the common cold spread via droplets of saliva or mucus that contain germs.
La Salud Importa

Adopte las medidas básicas para la prevención de infecciones

Las enfermedades infecciosas se propagan a través de diversos medios. Las enfermedades respiratorias, como la COVID-19, la gripe y el resfriado común, se propagan a través de las gotas de saliva o del moco que contienen gérmenes.
Sentara in the Community

Community Generosity Expands The Caring Tradition

While Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has long embraced the Caring Tradition, the greater Charlottesville community and beyond also has shown enduring, heartfelt compassion for patients and their families through their generous support of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.
Sentara in the Community

Home-Grown Nurses

A former operating room (OR) nurse, Brenda Hathaway speaks passionately about her nursing career: working alongside surgeons, prepping patients, gathering instruments and learning about human anatomy. These days, she is passionate about boosting the careers of aspiring nurses—especially current or future OR nurses—as well as those who want to advance to the next professional level.
Sentara in the Community

The Power of Women with a Purpose

When 16 women came together in 1993 to raise awareness and philanthropic funds for breast health programs at Martha Jefferson Hospital, they could not have anticipated what a profound impact their efforts would have nearly three decades later.

Philanthropic Priorities to Strengthen Our Margin of Excellence

Since its founding in 1903, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has been providing exceptional care for our community, rising above unforeseen challenges to maintain its world-class status.