With your generosity, Virginia Hospital Center Foundation’s For Our Neighbors Fund is ensuring everyone in Northern Virginia has access to the highest quality of care, regardless of their financial status.
This health equity fund has raised over $125,000 to date to help close gaps in healthcare and support the Hospital’s Community Health Clinics — including the Outpatient Clinic and VHC Pedatrics. These clinics provide access to care for over 25,000 underserved people in Arlington.
These programs harness innovations like telemedicine, when possible, to keep patients at home and safe without transportation, childcare and other barriers to receiving care. Both programs also saw an increase in patients during the pandemic as people lost their jobs and became unable to afford healthcare.
Through this fund, donors make a direct impact and improve health outcomes for underserved people in the region.
“Improving the conditions in which we live, learn, work and play will create a healthier population, society and workforce. The Foundation’s support is critical to serving each family with personalized care they may not otherwise receive.”
— Michelle Altman, MSN, MBA, RN, Patient Care Director, VHC Pediatrics & Outpatient Clinic
A generous grant from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation helped launch OB Connect, which was started during the pandemic to help expectant mothers connect with their care team during an uncertain time. The innovative initiative gives expectant moms a more convenient, time-saving and flexible option for top-quality prenatal care.
OB Connect equips moms-to-be with an at-home fetal heart monitor, as well as a blood pressure cuff for personal monitoring. This way, more prenatal appointments can be done virtually — reducing the need to take time off from work or pay for childcare.
The effort is based on the Mayo Clinic’s successful Nest Program and is the first of its kind in our region. It’s an outgrowth of the Hospital’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which makes world-renowned treatments available to our community.
This program will be expanded through a $100,000 grant from the Truist Foundation.