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The Obici Healthcare Foundation is a private Foundation established in 2006 with assets established through the generosity of Amedeo Obici and funds from the merger of the Obici Health System and Sentara Health Care.

The Foundation is an independent entity unrelated to any other health organization.

The Foundation is governed by an independent board composed of citizens living in Suffolk and in surrounding communities in the previous service area of the Louise Obici Memorial Hospital.

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Message from the Chairmen from the FY 2015 Annual Report 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our Report this year emphasizes our commitment to better health for all ages. 

Each stage of life is an important stepping-stone in the pathway to good health for individuals and the community at large.  The Foundation has worked hard to be inclusive in its distribution of grant awards, and we have recognized the necessity of supporting all ages and stages of life, from childhood to senior years.  Equal respect, equal value and equal attention are given to each… Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults and Seniors.  The strong threads of good health begin before birth and continue until our last breath.  On the following pages, we highlight just some of our community investments in this overall fabric of healthy living across the ages.  We hope you will enjoy the vignettes. 

Several important achievements are of interest this year.  To combat Western Tidewater’s unusually high rate of diabetes, one major 2014 grant established the EVMS Specialty Care Center in Suffolk to bring diabetes care and services closer to our residents. By bringing the expertise of the Medical School’s Strelitz Diabetes Center closer to home, we will improve on the detection, prevention and management of diabetes and its most common complications.   We hope to continue the documented trends of earlier diagnosis, better intervention and a declining death rate from this disease.

The Healthy People Healthy Suffolk initiative will continue to promote technology as the new tool that spans generations for health and fitness.   From Facebook, to the international Million Step Challenge with Suffolk, England, with some participants clocking more than 10,000 steps per day, from smart phone technology to calorie counting on “My Fitness Pal”, to pedometers and even a “Meet Up” app for finding walking partners, the initiative is capitalizing on instant connections and information for young and old alike to make active lifestyles fun.  Grantees are working to bring fresh local fruits and vegetables to childcare, elementary students and high school students.  Container, raised bed and other home and business gardens are growing!   

We also welcomed three new grantees this year:  The Virginia Cooperative Extension, The Healing Place of Hampton Roads, and the Town of Windsor.   Each year we look for ways to expand our sphere of influence both geographically and in terms of health impacting services.  These three new partners illustrate that vision of inclusiveness that we at the Foundation hold dear.

We are pleased to report that our Endowment itself remains healthy.  At over $117 million, it is the largest it has ever been even while investing over $35 million in our community over nine years.  The Endowment’s ability to “do well” allows us to “do good.”  And we maintain an emphasis on future growth because our requests for support increase every year.

As we look to the future, high-quality health in a sustainable manner remains our primary challenge and our greatest hope.  That clearly reflects the goal of Amedeo Obici whose generosity and commitment to health established the Louise Obici Memorial Hospital in Suffolk.  His gift has served many generations well.  And as a regional leader in philanthropy, our responsibility is to continue supporting that legacy of good health in all ages and stages of our citizens’ lives. 

We appreciate your interest in the work we do, and we thank all our partners in health and wellness who are making this community a healthier and happier place.

 

Sincerely,

 

George Y. Birdsong, Chairman

J. Sam Glasscock, Vice Chairman