Sovah Health - Martinsville Publishes Annual Community Benefit Report

September 24, 2020

Sovah Health – Martinsville published its annual community benefit report for the 2019 calendar year. The annual report showcases the broad scope of the hospital’s contributions to the Martinsville/Henry County and illustrates the many ways the organization invests in the region’s physical and economic health.

By celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, Sovah Health – Martinsville has been at the heart of Martinsville/Henry County since June 7, 1970. Our hospital goes back to a 50-bed Shackleford Hospital located on Church St. from 1920-1946, grew to 80-bed capacity with Martinsville General Hospital, then 173 beds in 1964, and finally 237 beds when Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County opened with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. Hundreds of people contributed their time and efforts to every phase of planning, fundraising, and committee activities. Since then, we have continued to change and grow, however, we remain at the heart of our city with a unified, community effort in living out our mission.

“Our mission of Making Communities Healthier is deeply rooted in all that we do,” says Dale Alward, CEO of Sovah Health – Martinsville. “We are proud to contribute to the health and vitality of our community by providing quality care close to home and creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work.”

Sovah Health – Martinsville’s 2019 report highlights the organization’s continued commitment to providing high quality healthcare through the recruitment of highly skilled and trained providers to practice in the community, as well as ongoing investments in new technology and facility improvements to ensure that the evolving healthcare needs of the community are being met. In 2019 alone, Sovah Health – Martinsville added 22 providers in emergency medicine, oncology, inpatient/hospitalist medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, nephrology, anesthesiology, and more; and made more than $3.4 million in capital improvements, including robotic technology for orthopedic surgery, chemistry and hematology analyzers, 3D mammography, roof replacement, and more. Additionally, with the fundamental belief that everyone deserves high quality care regardless of their ability to pay, the hospital donated nearly $25 million in health services to those in need.

Sovah Health – Martinsville is dedicated to ensuring that its facilities are places where the contributions and talents of its providers and employees are recognized and valued. To that end, the hospital distributed more than $53 million in salaries, wages, and benefits for its more than 720 employees. The hospital also provided more than $204,000 in professional development and tuition assistance to enable its staff to continue to grow in expertise and experience and enhance the level of care available to the community.

The positive impact of Sovah Health – Martinsville reaches beyond hospital walls and into the community in a number of key ways, as reflected on this year’s report. The organization’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and the economic well-being of the community is demonstrated by the more than $9 million it paid in local and state taxes, as well as its support for a number of local activities and organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, MHC Coalition of Health & Wellness, Caring Hearts Free Clinic, Arts at the Rives Theatre, and more.

“We are so proud to be a part of this wonderful community, and we are incredibly grateful that our neighbors trust us with their healthcare needs,” said Alward. “We are committed to further enhancing the many ways we serve and care for Martinsville/Henry County and look forward to continuing our legacy of providing high quality care long into the future.”

Sovah Health – Martinsville’s complete 2019 community benefit report is available here.