Riverside Tappahannock Hospital Enters Final Phase of Capital Campaign

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Gifts to the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s “Building a Better Place to Heal” Capital Campaign will finance the conversion of all hospital rooms to private rooms.

At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, we have one mission – care for others as we would care for those we love.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is pleased to announce that thanks to the support of the families and businesses in the community, it is now $100,000 away from raising enough funds in its Building a Better Place to Heal Capital Campaign to convert its shared patient hospital rooms to private patient rooms.

“At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, we have one mission – care for others as we would care for those we love,” said John Peterman, Vice President and Administrator of the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. “This Capital Campaign, and this effort to involve the community in building a better place to heal, illustrates that mission. We are a community hospital and we want to continue building on our strong foundation together.”

The Capital Campaign set out to raise $600,000 in the community. Riverside Health System will match, dollar for dollar, the community's investment to fund the $1.2 million renovation.

“The hospital has given so much back to the community and so many individuals have been impacted by our hospital,” said Marion Rowe, Chairwoman of the Building a Better Place to Heal Capital Campaign. “My grandmother used to say that many hands make light work, and I think that's true in fundraising also. The more people we have on board for the project quicker we'll be able to realize our goal."

The pledges to date have come in all sizes, from $25,000 room naming gifts to $25 checks.

In addition to support from Riverside Tappahannock team members, physicians and board members, the hospital volunteers committed $30,000. Area businesses and hospital vendors are also supporting the conversion to private rooms.

Data has shown, according to Riverside Health System, that private rooms better accommodate new medical technologies, decrease infection rates significantly and allow health-care professionals to more easily communicate patient information.

“As a physician, when I walk into a room to see a patient either in the emergency department or the hospital, having the privacy of a private room allows me to care for that patient in a much more intimate and personal manner,” said Dr. James Dudley, who treats patients in Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s Emergency Department and personally contributed to the campaign.

Single rooms also allow for the serenity necessary to promote the healing process and facilitate a speedy recovery and provide the privacy for family visitation.

To learn more about making a gift to the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s Building a Better Place to Heal Capital Campaign, call Scott Brown, Riverside Foundation Director of Advancement, at (757) 534-6203.

“The most compelling reason I see for making this campaign a success is that it represents an investment in our community’s future,” said Rhys Weakley, who donated to the campaign with his wife, Nancy. “Riverside Tappahannock Hospital will always be there for us when we need it. Giving to this campaign now is making an investment to ensure quality care for years to come.”

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, an affiliate of the not for profit Riverside Health System, primarily serves the residents of the Tappahannock area, including Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties and the Northern Neck counties of Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland and Lancaster.

Learn more about the hospital services online - http://www.riversideonline.com/rth/.

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