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Manifold’s legacy remains with us

The naming of the outdoor track at the Central Virginia Community Health Center in New Canton after Roderick “Rod” V. Manifold on Saturday was very appropriate.

Manifold, who died in a tragic January accident that claimed not only his life, but that of his wife and mother-in-law, served as executive director of Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS) — an entity that provides much- needed health care services to many across the Heart of Virginia.

For much of his professional life, Manifold served the Buckingham community through his work with CVHS and at the center.

He began his involvement with the organization as an accountant in 1985, later serving as chief financial officer, and eventually, in 1992, he was named executive director.

“Working with Rod through the years, some years were really good for our company and some years were tougher, yet through it all he was rock-solid in our mission and making sure that we serve the patients that we serve,” said Charles Allbaugh, CVHS’ chief financial officer, during an interview following Manifold’s death.

Though nearly eight months have passed since his death, it’s clear that his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of many across the communities served by CVHS.

During the dedication ceremony Saturday, Marc Wetherhorn, a health care consultant and advocate, noted that Manifold’s legacy extends beyond the New Canton health center location, noting Manifold played a crucial role in preserving health care centers in Virginia in the late 90s to the early 2000s.

“His legacy is not just here. His legacy is throughout the country,” Wetherhorn said.

Because of the dedication, hard work, persistence and drive Manifold had for quality health care across all socio-economic classes, our community will be a healthier, better place to live for generations.