Riverside Tappahannock’s Liz Martin Leads by Example

Hospital’s capital campaign for all private rooms boosted by $10,000 contribution

Liz and Pat MartinGiving back to the community they’ve come to love is a way of life for Riverside Tappahannock VP/Administrator Elizabeth (“Liz”) Martin and her husband, Pat, a Home Mortgage Consultant with Essex Bank. Check almost any charitable or community activity in Tappahannock and you’re likely to find one or both of them in leadership roles.

It’s no surprise then that when Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (RTH) launched its capital campaign to transform all its patient rooms from shared to private, the Martins were the first to step up with the largest single contribution of $10,000 to the fund.

“I really believe that you cannot ask others to contribute unless you’re willing to step up and give of yourself; whether it’s of your time, financial support, or both. I absolutely try to lead by example at the hospital and in the community at large. Whether it’s volunteering to coach a local soccer team or giving to a worthy cause, Pat and I couldn’t expect others to commit if we haven’t done so ourselves.”

The Martins’ leadership role inspired not only the community, but also RTH employees, physicians, volunteers, and board members to join together in support for the campaign. The “All In Campaign” kicked off in August 2012 and although it officially ended at the end of October 2012, gifts from Riverside team members, physicians, volunteers and Board Members continue to flow in, totaling $156,512 to date (exceeding the “All In Campaign” goal of $140,000).  Liz shared, “I am inspired by our own Riverside Family’s commitment to making this hospital the best it can possibly be for the community we serve.”

Liz and Pat settled in Tappahannock in 1995. “Frankly, we viewed our move here as just a stepping stone for our future careers. Now, 17 years later, we cannot imagine living anywhere else,” Liz said. “Having grown up in Northern Virginia, we were at first a little startled and then quite moved by the welcome we received here. People would stop by to bring us things or just to say welcome. We felt a part of this beautiful place almost immediately.”

The couple’s involvement in causes to benefit their adopted hometown is almost legend; certainly, their list of activities is remarkable in both length and breadth, ranging from the Chamber of Commerce to the local schools. Near the top of the list are the Tappahannock Free Clinic, The Haven, and the annual “RivahFest” celebration, which is a draw for both locals and visitors around the region.

But at the very top of the list right now is RTH’s drive, “Building a Better Place to Heal, Close to Home.” The drive’s goal is to fund the transformation to all private rooms at the hospital. Liz says that it’s an ambitious undertaking for the small community, but there is a long tradition of support for the hospital. In fact, a community fund drive in the 1950’s led to the opening of the hospital in 1964. It was this inherent desire on the community’s part to contribute that led Liz to spearhead the establishment of the first Make A Difference fund at RTH.

“I felt it was really important to re-energize the spirit that built the hospital in the first place and to give the area’s residents an opportunity to contribute, to invest in the hospital’s future.”

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