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Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation to unveil new donor wall; launch $30 million capital campaign


Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation will unveil a new Hall of Honor exhibit that publically recognizes donors who have made significant contributions over the years in support of Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The exhibit will be unveiled on June 27 during an evening reception for individuals and businesses whose names appear on the wall.

"The reception is an opportunity for us to honor and pay tribute to local philanthropists," said Elaine John, Vice President for Philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and President and CEO of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. "Through their investment in this great hospital, lives are saved, people are healed and many important programs and services are made available to support the people of the Napa Valley and surrounding region."

Located within the main lobby of Queen of the Valley Medical Center, the Hall of Honor provides a unique space for listing names of donors who have made cumulative gifts of $5,000 or more in support of the hospital. Since the creation of the original Hall of Honor in 1987, a total of 1,230 individuals have had their names inscribed on the wall over the years. This year, more than 75 donors have moved to higher categories on the wall for their cumulative giving.

The unveiling of the new wall is timed to coincide with the launch of a $30 million capital campaign, titled, "Crowning of the Queen: Advancing Compassionate Care ... here at home." The campaign will support the completion of the Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Pavilion, the development of the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, and the growth of the Foundation's endowment.

The Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Pavilion is a three-story, 72,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility designed to withstand a major seismic event. It will be among the first hospitals in California to be Gold LEED certified with an environmentally conscious design that satisfies the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) requirements for "green" health care facilities. The facility also incorporates evidence-based design, which is the process of basing decisions about the building environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and operating efficiency for staff.

The pavilion will house the region's first "hybrid" operating room – an OR suite with the most advanced imaging capability available. The imaging system provides surgeons and radiologists with real-time imaging that will aid them during the most difficult of surgeries, including cancer, heart and brain procedures. It will also include:

· Six operating suites with 16 pre/post operative bays.

· 20 private intensive care rooms.

· A clinical and pathology laboratory that allows space to add new technologies to keep pace with advances in diagnostic assessment.

According to John, private philanthropy is expected to provide 20 to 30 percent of the funds needed to complete the pavilion, which is expected to cost a total of $122 million. The Foundation has raised more than half of the money needed to reach its goal—nearly $16 million of the $30 million to date. The medical center will fund the remaining balance through debt and operating funds.

"Many of our valued donors have deep ties to Queen of the Valley Medical Center," added Greg Bennett, Chair, Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. "Either they, a family member or loved one have received care at the hospital. They understand the importance of having quality health care close to home."

Mrs. Walter Fogarty, Jr. made the first pledge to the campaign with a $250,000 commitment. Mary Beth and Tim Herman have made a $5 million commitment and the Tim Herman family donated a $1 million challenge gift to help raise $3 million for the start up of the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center. Betty O'Shaughnessy and Paul Woolls have made a $1 million commitment to the campaign. Organizations and businesses that have contributed to the campaign include The Peter and Vernice Gasser Foundation, which has donated $1 million.

"Philanthropy is a key contributor enabling Queen of the Valley to dramatically expand and sustain the long-term excellence of the hospital and its programs," says Walt Mickens, President and CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "Thousands of patients who come to the Queen will benefit from the rapid access to the latest therapies and technologies that the Foundation helps make possible."

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation:

Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation was established in 1969 by a group of local residents who wanted to ensure ongoing, locally managed support for quality medical care in our community. They knew that a financially healthy Medical Center was vital to the future of the place they called home.

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $60 million for Queen of the Valley Medical Center's equipment and facilities, while increasing community awareness of the Medical Center's needs. More information on the Foundation may be found at

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. It is home to the area's only Level III Trauma Center, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, and a Regional Cancer Center accredited with distinction by the American College of Surgeons. Specialties also include maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging and wound care.

The campus is also home to the Queen of the Valley Wellness Center and Synergy Medical Fitness Center, a unique facility that provides patients and the public with a direct link between lifestyle changes and better health. Services include exercise, rehabilitation, nutrition education, and disease prevention and management. More information may be found at

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