Chelsie Williams


I am the Foundation Specialist at the Sentara Health Foundation. I graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2012 with a double major in communications with an emphasis in public relations and pyschology. I have been with the Foundation since July 2012 and with Sentara since June 2011. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my family and friends.


The power of an exercise companion

Written by Kathy Tandy, RN, BSN, Healthy Edge/Mission: Health, Team Coordinator, Optima Health I had been fighting getting a dog for years! I had every excuse you can have not to get a dog! Last year at the holidays, my daughter came to me and said, “You’re a terrible mother, you didn’t get anything on Shane’s … Continue Reading


Rebuilding my life one step at a time

It was Labor Day weekend 2011 and Dr. Dan Via, Sentara Pediatric Physicians, and his family were enjoying a relaxing vacation in Corolla, NC. The weather had been beautiful despite Hurricane Isabel storming through the area the prior week leaving the water just a little choppy. Via, a very active cyclist, was out in the … Continue Reading


Surviving my battle

Few people will witness the devastating loss that Joseph Bimba and his wife, Elisabeth, have seen. Joseph, a missionary, and Elisabeth, a nurse, have spent their lives caring for others.

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The hospice support we got inspires me to give to others

If you have lost a loved one who suffered through illness, then you know the effect that end-of-life challenges have not only on the patient, but on the family. The experience is stressful, emotional and often overwhelming; but for Donna Gates, hospice made the end of her husband’s life easier not only for him, but … Continue Reading


Sentara employees provide H.O.P.E.


This past holiday season, departments throughout Sentara provided holiday gifts and food for 13 Sentara families in need through the H.O.P.E. Fund for the Holidays Program. The H.O.P.E. Fund for the Holidays Program is coordinated by the Sentara Health Foundation as a way for employees to help fellow employees during the holidays. Families who received … Continue Reading

A true survivor finds H.O.P.E.


A True Survivor Toni Claiborne learned to be independent from an early age. She was strong not only for herself, but as a single mother for her five children. However even with the amazing strength she had, tragedy happens and even the strongest people need help. Toni Claiborne needed H.O.P.E. and with the support from … Continue Reading


A truly groundbreaking idea


If you have ever lost a loved one who received hospice care, then there is a good chance you already know why the Sentara Hospice House is so important. This can be a stressful and emotional experience for the entire family. Often, we are managing feelings of fear and loss, while a beloved friend or family … Continue Reading


Stay safe on July 4th


Happy 4th of July. Finalizing all of your July 4th holiday plans? Don’t forget to include the following safety tips on your checklist. Remember to include these tips in your holiday plans to ensure a safe, fun-filled holiday for you and your family. Heat Safety Heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, occur when … Continue Reading

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Sydni’s Sanctuary


The community garden established behind Sentara Obici Hospital will honor Sydni Connally, who worked as a registered nurse in the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation department. Sydni tragically died on January 13, 2012, of a massive pulmonary embolism, a day after losing a newborn child. The garden has been built in her honor in a small field behind … Continue Reading

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Let your heart lead the way


A nurse at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital leads the way in the Sentara commitment of “Always treat you with dignity, respect and compassion,” through her helpful and compassionate tips for how to treat patients. Brenna Kenney, RN, was peer coaching one of her co-workers regarding bedside manner when fellow employee Janet Reese, Chaplin, overheard … Continue Reading

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