Williamsburg Health Foundation was created in September 1996 as a result of the partnership between Williamsburg Community Hospital and Sentara Healthcare. The Foundation was established to serve as custodian for funds that existed prior to the partnership and to administer a new community grant program with initial funding of $19 million provided by Sentara. As a supporting organization of the hospital, the Foundation’s programs and activities supported the mission of the hospital “to continuously improve the health of the community”.

In October 2002, Williamsburg Community Hospital merged with Sentara Healthcare, and the Foundation received an additional funding of $23 million. In January 2004, the Foundation became a private, independent, 501(c)3 Foundation with assets of approximately $100 million.