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Queen of the Valley Medical Center to Open Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center


(Napa, CA) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) is proud to announce the establishment of the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center. The Center will include neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation and emergency medicine – offering one of the most advanced and comprehensive neurological services in Northern California. Services being added or expanded include neurosurgical services, stroke care, medical imaging, diagnostics and a wide array of community education programs.

The Queen of the Valley Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center was made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Tim Herman, a QVMC Foundation Trustee, to the QVMC Foundation. "Mr. Herman committed $1 million to match any gift intended to support the Queen’s neuroscience program at the rate of $.50 for every $1 contributed. The Center is named in memory of his wife Peggy Guthrie Herman, who passed away in 2007 following a traumatic brain injury," said Elaine John, Chief Development Officer, QVMC Foundation. "His generous gift challenge continues to inspire others to help support the program," added Mrs. John.

Acute neurologic conditions require immediate, specialized care to ensure the best possible outcome. "For the past five years, most stroke, brain or spine trauma patients requiring surgery in the Napa Valley needed to be transported to facilities over an hour away," said Walt Mickens, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at QVMC. "The Queen of the Valley Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center will now make it possible for those patients to be treated right here in Napa, close to their homes and loved ones. They will also benefit from the same level of excellence, compassionate care, and advanced technology provided by Queen’s award winning Heart, Cancer and Orthopaedic Centers."

The new Center also includes a program led by a UCSF Medical Center neurosurgeon. Jeffrey Yablon, M.D., Medical Director of the newly-established UCSF Neurosurgery Program at the Queen's Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center said, "The UCSF faculty are working closely with the Queen to provide comprehensive neurosurgical care for the Napa Valley region." This relationship will also provide a link to all the neurosurgical services offered at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco ranked among the top five in the nation – and best in the West – by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-2011 survey of America’s premier hospitals.

To learn more about QVMC Foundation’s efforts surrounding this and other fundraising programs, please contact Doug Higgins at (707) 252-4411 x4008.

For additional information about the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center and Program at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, call JoAnn Munski, RN, MSN, QVMC Director of Orthopaedics and Neuroscience Services, at (707) 252-4411 x3121.

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 Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Neuroscience Center, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

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