Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation receives $50,000 from Sentara Health to Support Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Aug 24, 2023 | News

Tonya Harrell
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Funding supports collaborative partnership with Sentara Health

Virginia Beach, VA (August 24, 2023) – Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring an independent and vital Virginia Beach volunteer rescue system, is pleased to announce a generous contribution of $50,000 from Sentara Health to assist with recruitment and retention.

The $50,000 donation from Sentara will be utilized by the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation to support our community awareness campaigns, which will impact the annual number of applicants as EMS providers and admin support volunteers to serve VB Rescue. By increasing the number of volunteers serving the system, it also impacts the health care industry and individuals seeking opportunities to give back to their community.

“The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is immensely appreciative for Sentara’s partnership with the Sentara Cares support. This donation means that we can best serve our VB Rescue Squad partners, which makes for a stronger and safer community as a whole,” said Gina Benefiel, Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation.

This contribution from Sentara reinforces their shared commitment to creating healthier communities through partnerships with organizations and individuals.


About Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports an independent and vital emergency medical care and transport system – ensuring a quality citywide system of rescue services. Further, the Foundation demonstrates its commitment to the volunteer rescue squad system through advocacy and strong community connections by offering
programs and services to each of the rescue squads and by bringing strong community awareness to the system with marketing and public relations campaigns.

For more information, visit and connect with Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Sentara Health •
Sentara, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates 135 years in pursuit of its mission— “we improve health every day.” Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety and is strategically focused on innovation and creating an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a “Best Employer for New Grads” (2022), “Best Employer for Veterans” (2022), and “Best Employer for Women” (2020).