A skilled surgeon who had compassion and boundless energy, Dr. Bert Bradford, Jr. created the CAMC Foundation in 1976 with a gift of $5,000. Today, the foundation has assets of $170 million.
Dr. Bradford had a prestigious career in general surgery and became a mentor to hundreds of local doctors. He was a visionary whose commitment to community as founder and president emeritus of the CAMC Foundation touched thousands.
His care and concern for the Kanawha Valley to be a healthy community led Dr. Bradford to create the CAMC Foundation - a non-profit organization that could accept gifts and grants; invest the funds; and then distribute funds to benefit programs and services offered at CAMC Health System.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Bradford's vision has grown from a small foundation to a multi-million-dollar operation that donates an average of $3 million to various sectors within the CAMC Health System each year. MRI machines, NICU bed warmers and counseling services are just a few of the examples of the ways the CAMC Foundation has supported the work of the CAMC Health System. In more than 30 years, the CAMC Foundation has donated millions of dollars for scholarships; programs and labs; equipment and renovations.
Dr. Bradford retired as CAMC Foundation president after a 20 year tenure. Today, his son, Richard Bradford, continues his father's legacy by donating his time to bring his Golden Retriever, Barney, to visit with patients at CAMC General, Memorial and Women and Children's hospitals.
In 1996, Barbara Boland took over as the foundation's leader, growing donations and assets during her decade as president. In October 2006, Boland resigned from the head post and CAMC Foundation board member, Gail Pitchford, began leading the organization.
The foundation has grown and remained a strong institution because of the organization's strong investment policies and the thousands of generous donors who have contributed to the organization for more than 35 years. If you are interested in contributing to the CAMC Foundation, please call our office at (304) 388-9860.