When I think of “community,” I think of more than a mere geographical designation. To me, community implies, first and foremost, people with common interests—stakeholders—working together to achieve common goals, and doing so for the mutual benefit of everyone.
Likewise, a community hospital implies more than just having a geographical presence. As a not-for-profit community hospital, Sentara Martha Jefferson is a partner in our community, along with multiple other stakeholders—the physicians, nurses and other clinicians who practice here, the Board of Directors, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, our volunteers—working toward common goals and striving to provide the best in health care for Central Virginia.
Our priority every day is our patients. For 115 years, Sentara Martha Jefferson has taken its partnership role seriously. In our journey to be our best, we listen to the wishes and expectations of our community, and especially of our patients, about the types of healthcare services that are needed, and then work hard to provide those services in a compassionate and highly skilled manner, which we call our Caring Tradition.
This issue ofSentara Martha Jefferson Magazinehighlights several ways that our hospital has addressed the medical needs of our community, first by listening to the community and then providing the health care that is expected and needed. Our wound care clinic, offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other specialized treatments, is a new service we recently opened because of an identified need to provide this advanced level of care for people with difficult and nonhealing wounds. We have also responded to the wishes of many women in the community who desire a more intimate birthing experience, please see the article on “gentle C-section." And, you will read about a safe new plastic surgery option called CoolSculpting, a service for those who wish to lose weight and improve their appearance. These are just a few examples of how we are working to expand our services and meet the healthcare needs of the community.
Additionally, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation annual report further highlights ways in which the hospital, with the assistance of many philanthropic individuals and organizations throughout our community, is able to provide enhanced levels of care and support for those in need.
While we are pleased with the progress we have made, we also always want to make sure we keep an eye to the future. We are currently going through a strategic planning process to determine what’s next for our hospital. I look forward to sharing more about these plans with you in the weeks and months to come. Continued collaboration and dialog are crucial for our long-term success, and I’m excited about what’s to come for Sentara Martha Jefferson.
Thank you for all you do to support our community hospital and for helping us strategically plan for the future. Working together, we can ensure a strong, compassionate and effective tradition of healthcare excellence that will continue to meet your family’s and our community’s needs for generations to come.
Yours in health,
Jonathan Davis, FACHE
President, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital