Led by Essex Bank and EVB, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is pleased to announce that five banks in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region signed on to help fund its "Building a Better Place to Heal" Capital Campaign.

Proceeds from the campaign will be used to convert shared hospital rooms to private rooms. Research shows that private hospital rooms provide a serenity that promotes the healing process, facilitates a speedy recovery and gives families privacy to be with their loved ones as they heal.

"Supporting our local hospital is healthy for our local economy," said Joe Shearin, President and CEO of EVB. "A good hospital is essential to both the overall health of residents and the vitality of our local community."

It's part of giving back to a community.

"As a community-minded corporate citizen, we feel that giving back is at the core of good corporate citizenry," said Patricia Gallagher, Senior Vice President of EVB.

EVB and Essex Bank donated $25,000 each to the campaign, which set out to raise $600,000. Riverside Health System is matching dollar for dollar the community's investment in the $1.2 million project.

"We all realize the magnitude of the asset that we have in the hospital for the health of our community and as an employer," said Marion Rowe, Vice President of Essex Bank and Chairwoman of the "Building a Better Place to Heal" Capital Campaign. "Without the hospital, we would all have a longer commute for health services, a commute for which many in our community do not have the resources."

"I don't think we can improve upon the hospital in terms of the people or care they provide," Rowe added. "But we can improve on the experience with these physical improvements."

Joining Essex Bank and EVB in supporting the campaign are Union First Market Bank, Bank of Lancaster, and Peoples Community Bank. Pledges for the campaign also continue to come in from throughout the community, to include other businesses, individuals, families, hospital vendors, team members, volunteers, physicians and hospital board members.

"At Riverside Tappahannock Hospital our mission is to care for others as we would care for whose we love," said John Peterman, Vice President and Administrator of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. "We know part of that care is not only world class medical care, but also the necessary physical environment conducive for healing. As a community hospital, we cannot be more grateful to our community banks that shared in our vision."

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.

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/.

Published: September 19, 2014