Napa, CA – On December 11, 2007, the Medical Staff at Queen of the Valley Medical Center honored the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange with a statue of the Blessed Mother and baby Jesus. The statue was unveiled at a ceremony held at the front step of the hospital.
"It gives the medical staff great pleasure to recognize the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange in their health ministry here at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Their moral commitment provides a foundation for true community health care. The medical staff is honored to be associated with the Sisters," said Dr. John Dermody, Chief of Staff at QVMC.
"The Sisters of St. Joseph are very grateful for this generous and thoughtful gift of a statue of our patron - Mary Queen in Heaven - from our medical staff. From the very beginning of the hospital our medical staff has always been in partnership with us. We have a treasured relationship with them and this gift symbolizes well our mutual affection," said Sr. Marian Schubert, Vice President of Mission Integration.
The hand-carved limestone statue, which weighs between 500 and 600 pounds and is 5’5" tall, will be permanently placed near the front steps to the hospital lobby, and symbolizes a mutual bond of caring for the Napa community.
"The Napa community has benefited tremendously from the presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. In fact, the Sister's presence is felt world-wide not only in their ministry in health but in education and social services. We are very lucky here in Napa to have a top knotch hospital such as the Queen that was founded and still supported by the Sister's health ministry. They bring to the table values that are grounded in excellence, dignity, respect and social justice," says Dr. Joseph Carrillo, Medical Staff and Trustee.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a not-for-profit, Catholic medical center. It was founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing mission of Jesus by continually improving the health and quality of life of the people in the communities it serves. The medical center consists of a 192-bed medical center, dedicated outpatient centers for wellness, outpatient surgery and procedures, diagnostic imaging, women’s health, and occupational health.