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New Members Named to Queen of the Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees


(Napa, CA) – Frank Collin, Sr. Suzanne Sassus and Wyman Smith were named to Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms, effective January 1, 2009. Sr. Patricia Hayhurst will serve a one-year internship.

Frank Collin is an attorney currently serving "of counsel" to Dickenson, Peatman and Fogarty.  He recently retired from active practice after a distinguished legal career of more than 40 years.  He was instrumental in establishing the Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation Endowment Fund and continues to serve on the Endowment Committee.  Frank received both is BA and JD degrees from UC Berkeley.

Sr. Suzanne Sassus, CSJ, has been a board member of all St. Joseph Health (SJHS) hospitals, with the exception of Mission Hospital. She is currently Senior Vice President of Sponsorship, for the Health System, and has served in high-level positions related to governance, sponsorship and mission integration since 1987. She holds a B.A. in history, an M.A. in French Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages.

Wyman Smith, an attorney specializing in business sales, mergers and acquisitions with the firm of Gaw Van Male, has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and transactional law. Smith has been past president of the boards of trustees for the Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation, Queen of the Valley Hospital and Foundation and has also served as president of the Napa County Bar Association and Napa County Unit of the American Cancer Society.  He received his J.D. from the University of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Smith is also a Member of LawPact - An International Association of Independent Business Law Firms.

 Sr. Patricia Hayhurst, CSJ, a longtime Catholic school educator, has served in schools staffed and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (CSJ), as well as in two non-CSJ Catholic schools. She was honored with the Mother Elizabeth Seton Award from the Diocese of Oakland, which recognizes a teacher/administrator for distinguished gifts and contributions to Catholic education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Loyola-Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco.

"We are excited to welcome these new talented members to our Board and look forward to the unique contributions, expertise, and viewpoint each will bring," says Dennis Sisto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Queen of the Valley Medical Center. New officer appointments for 2009 include Liz Boulware as Chair and Sr. Mary Bernadette McNulty, CSJ, as Vice Chair.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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