Riverside has been an important part of the Northern Neck region since 1989. While our presence there covers over two decades of service, the hospital itself has an even longer history. First opening its doors in 1964 as Tidewater Memorial Hospital, the facility was the result of the entire community coming together and raising several hundred thousand dollars to build a needed resource for health and wellness.
Today, highly trained and skilled team members at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital care for approximately 2,000 inpatients, 20,000 Emergency Department patients and tens of thousands of outpatients each year. These many individuals and their families have always valued the more personalized approach and the "human touch" available at their community hospital. While our local population increases and our community's health needs change, medical science is also making remarkable advances. As these factors converge, they place a growing demand on the hospital to direct its energy and resources toward meeting the expanding healthcare requirements of our region.
As a result, Riverside Health System has embarked upon a fundraising campaign in support of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital's planned conversion to private patient rooms.
Scott Brown, Director of Advancement for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, describes what has to be accomplished in order to move from aspiration to reality. "If this campaign is going to be a success, we need help from the entire community. The funds committed to the project from this campaign will ensure that the hospital is providing a high level of care close to home supported by the latest medical technology and an uncompromising focus on patient safety.
Making the conversion to private rooms is a critical factor for improved health, safety and well-being. It's also an effort to which Riverside Tappahannock Hospital Team Members have contributed significantly by already donating over $136,900 to the Building a Better Place to Heal Capital Campaign.
Research shows that private rooms better accommodate the kind of newly developed medical technologies that improve communications between care providers, whether they're on site or at other locations. These studies also show that the ability to share information more quickly and accurately results in better patient outcomes. In addition, private rooms are instrumental in reducing infection rates even more, they create a more intimate setting for family and other visitors and they enhance the relaxation and serenity that help promote the healing process.
"While the physicians, nurses and other direct care providers may see more patients on a daily basis, every one of our team members is involved in improving the patient experience on some level. Without their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile, the hospital could not sustain its commitment to exceptional care. Because of this commitment and the skills and experience behind it, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is the healthcare facility that you count on for yourself and your family," said Mr. Brown.
"I wanted to be able to make a lasting gift that honored my grandfather who passed away recently after fighting cancer. I wanted that gift to help assure that RTH can provide an even more personalized experience to our patients and families in a room that is not shared with someone else. If I were a patient I know I would greatly prefer the more individualized care available in a small community hospital in a private room that is updated with the latest technology and patient amenities."
– Jaime Cook, Human Resources at RTH
Years ago this community came together to create a hospital where none had previously existed. Now, the generosity of that same community and the RTH team members who serve it and are also part of it will come together for a common goal that will help transform patient care well into the future.