Our Founding Story - A Journey Toward Remarkable
When the Newport News General and Non-Sectarian Hospital, Inc. was chartered in 1915, it's doubtful that the visionaries who guided its creation had any idea of what the future would hold.

Their focus was on one thing: providing the best possible health care for their community. It is this determination that gave birth to Riverside. Now, a century later, Riverside is a leading provider of comprehensive care in Southeastern Virginia. Our Founders would be proud of the journey they began over 100 years ago and find it quite remarkable.

Founder's Society
The Founder's Society at Riverside Health System is a recognition society that honors and celebrates the commitment of our donors. Founders are leaders and visionaries whose generous gifts are invested in providing the highest-quality health care to our communities.

Created by the Riverside Foundation, the Founder's Society is a caring, philanthropic group of friends and community leaders who share our mission to care for others as we would care for those we love.

Second Century Circle
$100,000 and above
Your generous gifts will enrich the well-being and health of
our communities over the next 100 years.

Humanitarian Circle
$50,000 and above
Your gift embodies the Riverside Care Difference
Safety   Healing   Kindness   Respect

Healing Circle
$10,000 and above
Your gift provides for services in our communities that enhance quality of life.

Membership in the Founder's Society Includes:
Invitations to special Riverside Health System events in your community
Private invitation to our Annual Founder's Society Reception in May

Recognition in Riverside Foundation publications

Quarterly e-newsletter and annual impact report showing how contributions empower our mission

Formal acknowledgement on Founder's Society Recognition Wall

Thank you for your support.

As Riverside donors, you are the reason we are able to provide our communities with a higher standard of care. Your continued generosity has enabled us to further our mission of care through health, education and community initiatives, and we greatly appreciate your remarkable gift of support. In order to accommodate you, we have created a number of avenues for giving.


Cornerstone Society
The Riverside Cornerstone Society was created to honor individuals who have chosen to make legacy gift commitments in support of medical excellence at the Riverside Health System. These gifts, which include bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts, acknowledge the belief in the Riverside mission through a very special and important form of financial support.

The Ruby Pope Drumm Legacy Society
In celebration of Mrs. Ruby Pope Drumm, this extraordinary society was created to honor individuals who support Riverside through transformational legacy gifts.

Ruby Pope Drumm was born June 21, 1925, in Newport News. Upon graduating from the Riverside School of Nursing, she joined the Air Force to pursue her career. Mrs. Drumm was passionate about nursing, and remembered her alma mater with a bequest of over $1,000,00 to provide an endowed scholarship for aspiring nurses.

Founder's Society
Membership in the Founders Society honors your commitment to a higher standard of healthcare through the Riverside mission: to care for others as we would care for those we love. By committing a generous gift or pledge of $10,000 or more, you play a major role in the health and happiness of the many communities we serve.

Leadership Circle
Leadership Circle members are recognized for their dedicated commitment to healthcare at Riverside. These grateful patients, families, residents, team members and community advocates support important strategic initiatives through annual gifts. These annual gift donors are recognized on our Make a Difference Recognition Sculptures at their local Riverside hospital. Those who contribute at a certain level more join a prestigious group of Riverside supporters and receive special benefits, including invitations to Riverside events, lectures and openings.

Contributions at various levels can help support patient assistance needs, facility enhancements, educational scholarships, and various projects throughout the health system.