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Your gifts help us improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

Our mission is to develop resources to support Centra in providing excellent healthcare for the communities we serve. Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care; it is only through donor support that we can provide quality care locally, regardless of our patients’ ability to pay.

The stories of hope and healing below illustrate the impact people just like you have on the patients and families who turn to us for care.

The Centra Foundation released funding of $962,925 in late March to purchase six new ventilators, five digital portable X-ray machines and to conduct a public health education campaign about COVID-19 for the Centra service area.


In the fight against COVID-19, an adequate supply of personal protective equipment is critical. Centra is incredibly fortunate for the support of community residents, volunteer groups and businesses who have donated thousands of surgical and homemade cotton masks. 


Why Give?
Rowena Mason and Spouse

“My husband, Phillip, was a Centra patient for many years. Centra has done a wonderful job with my family. Every person that we came into contact with touched us. They always made us feel welcome with open arms and a ready-to-serve spirit. Drs. Frantz, Valentine, Truitte and MacCallum were more than doctors, they were friends. Thank you for all the extra time you gave us together.“

-Rowena Mason

Paul Passink at a desk

“I give because this is one way that a Centra employee can actually see how their donations work….nursing scholarships, Helping Hands, breast cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, community health education classes, community projects like the Community Access Network on Fifth Street, buying AED's and other equipment for our local volunteer rescue squads. The Centra Foundation – local people helping local people.”

-Paul Passink, AV Support Technician and Centra employee since 2002

Michael Elliott

“I gave, but I first received.  Centra and the communities we serve welcomed me and my family with open arms almost 7 years ago.  Giving back through the Centra Family Campaign is how we say thank you back to our community and pass on the blessings bestowed upon us.”  

- Michael Elliott, Centra Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Sackett Wood

“My wife, Alex, and I give because we know Centra as a major community asset that is paramount to the health and vitality of our region. By supporting the Centra Foundation, we are investing in the health and well-being of the community.”

-Sackett Wood, Centra Board Member and CEO, Moore & Giles

Gus Petticolas

“I give because there are so many members of our community who have difficulty accessing healthcare services because of lack of resources. I have seen and continue to see firsthand what this lack produces in terms of quality of life. By its support of the Free Clinic and the Community Access Network, Centra has shown its commitment to the belief that all should have access to healthcare. Gifts to the Centra Foundation help to ensure that when we are at our most vulnerable state, the healthcare safety net is alive and well.”

-Gus Petticolas Jr., DDS, Centra Foundation Board Member