The Al Stroobants Foundation Awards Centra Foundation $300,000 Grant

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The Al Stroobants Foundation Awards Centra Foundation $300,000 Grant

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Press Release

The Centra Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $300,000 grant from the Al Stroobants Foundation to support the launch of an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) program at the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center at Lynchburg General Hospital, a part of the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute. This program will provide eligible patients experiencing cardiogenic shock with an LVAD, a battery-operated mechanical pump that is surgically implanted to help the heart pump blood to the rest of the body.

Today, many open-heart surgery cases are sent out of town annually because the surgeries are too risky without the ability to implant an LVAD if one is suddenly needed. The LVAD program will ensure more heart patients receive care locally, whether they ultimately receive an LVAD implant.

Chad Hoyt, MD, Executive Chair, Centra Heart & Vascular Institute, estimates approximately 40 patients per year will be eligible for an LVAD, sparing them a high-risk air transport and allowing them to stay close to home for surgery. The LVAD program, expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021, will enhance Centra’s specialized care in the cardiac intensive care unit and lower mortality for the community. Says Hoyt, “Simply put, this gift will save many lives in our community and will be a blessing to the families and friends of those patients.”

About the Centra Foundation
Established in 1993, the Centra Foundation develops resources to support Centra in providing care throughout central and southern Virginia in more than 70 locations, serving more than 500,000 patients annually. Through generous donor support, the Centra Foundation makes a wide range of contributions toward the healthcare needs of our region by sponsoring free medical screenings, providing continuing education for clinicians, providing scholarships to nursing students, funding critical technology, equipment and construction needs, and subsidizing medical bills for patients who cannot pay the full cost of diagnosis and treatment. For more information, visit

About the Al Stroobants Foundation
The Al Stroobants Foundation was founded in 2006 by the late Alphonse Stroobants, a Lynchburg philanthropist and native of Belgium who came to the United States in 1954. Stroobants founded Belvac, formerly Belgium Tool and Die, in 1962 and served as its president and CEO until 1990. He later created a trust for cardiology services at Lynchburg General Hospital, which was named the Stroobants Cardiovascular Center in his honor. The Al Stroobants Foundation continues Stroobants’s legacy of caring and providing for others through the support of various nonprofits in Lynchburg City and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. For more information, visit