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Al Stroobants Foundation awards Centra Foundation $360,000 grant to support heart & vascular care

Published on Monday December 19, 2022

The Centra Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $360,000 grant from the Al Stroobants Foundation to meet the need for echocardiograms. The grant will fund the purchase of two new state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound machines for Stroobants Cardiovascular Center, a part of the Centra Heart & Vascular Institute.

 An echocardiogram assesses the structure and function of a patient’s heart. Centra offers both pediatric and adult echocardiograms. In addition to diagnosing problems, the technology is used prior to critical procedures and for continued monitoring. 

The Center plans to add a total of five additional machines and sonographers to perform an additional 35 outpatient tests per day. 

“This is wonderful news for everyone in Centra’s service area,” said Jim Warner, MD, EdD, FACC, executive chair of the Centra Heart & Vascular institute. “It is critical to complete these tests in a timely manner so diagnoses and potentially life-saving treatments can be identified as soon as possible. 

About the Centra Foundation
Established in 1993, the Centra Foundation develops resources to support Centra in providing care throughout central Virginia in more than 70 locations, serving more than 500,000 patients annually. Through generous donor support, the Centra Foundation has provided more than $93 million in support of Centra programs and makes a wide range of contributions toward the healthcare needs of our communities 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. 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. For more information, visit