CIVIC Leadership Institute has announced that this year’s Darden Award recipients will be Sentara Healthcare (Corporate Honoree) and John R. Broderick (Individual Honoree).
The Darden Awards for Regional Leadership was established in 2005 and is named for the CIVIC Leadership Institute’s Founder Emeritus, the late Joshua P. Darden, Jr. Each year, CIVIC presents the award to an individual and a corporation whose contributions and service have made significant impacts in the Hampton Roads community.
Sentara Healthcare is the first non-profit organization to receive a Darden Award. For more than 130 years, Sentara has lived its mission to improve health every day by providing both expert medical care and managed health insurance coverage, and addressing important community needs. Building on that tradition, Sentara embodies this mission through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Sentara Cares, to better the communities they serve.
“Sentara maintains a critical emphasis on social determinants of health, which is why we made addressing them the focal point of the Sentara Care program,” said Sentara Healthcare President and CEO, Howard P. Kern. “That foresight has allowed us to rise to the real-time challenges of the covid-19 pandemic, forge new partnerships, strengthen long-standing relationships, and marshal resources to build stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.”
Sentara works behind the scenes to support underserved populations and numerous community organizations through sponsorships and grants. Sentara’s team of more than 28,000 employees has donated thousands of volunteer hours to various organizations and initiatives that propel local communities forward. Each year, Sentara also provides hundreds of millions of dollars in uncompensated care in service regions across the state, and donates millions of dollars to local and statewide organizations.
Additionally, Sentara’s Diversity and Inclusion program and Health Equity department work together to form essential partnerships with key community organizations. This currently includes collaborating with local community and faith-based leaders to offer services and educational opportunities to people of underserved communities.
The awards presentation will be held at the Decker Half Moon Center in Norfolk on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.