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Queen of the Valley Receives Largest Gift in its History


(Napa, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2012) Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation today announced it has just completed a campaign gift of $11 million from the Tim Herman Family. It is the largest gift in the hospital's history.

The funds will support the "Crowning of the Queen" capital campaign which aims to raise $30 million primarily for the hospital's new diagnostic and surgical pavilion, currently under construction. The campaign also supports development of the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center and the growth of the Foundation's endowment. Queen of the Valley will name the diagnostic and surgical pavilion the Herman Family Pavilion in recognition of their extraordinary generosity.

"We are tremendously grateful to receive this transformational gift, which is also an investment in the future of health care in the Napa Valley," 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. "The Herman Family Pavilion will help improve the lives of the people of this community for generations to come."

Slated to open in the fall of 2013, the Herman Family Pavilion will house the region's first "hybrid" operating room – an OR suite that combines the most advanced imaging capabilities with robotics and traditional surgery. The technology will aid physicians during the most difficult of surgeries, including complex cancer, heart and brain procedures.

"This gift is a remarkable example of the shared commitment the Herman family and Queen of the Valley have in advancing health care in our community," said Walt Mickens, President and CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "We are proud the Herman name will grace our facility and are tremendously grateful for their contribution that will help us continue the healing legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange for a very long time."

Tim Herman is a 26-year resident of Napa. In 1978, he launched Airprotec, a pollution control company for the semi-conductor industry. In 1989, the company merged with Innovative Engineering to form Delatech. He led this business for 10 years before choosing to sell it and retire so he and his former wife, Peggy, could spend more time with one another and their three children, Michael, Patrick and Danielle. Longtime volunteers and philanthropists, Tim and Peggy founded the Herman Family Foundation and the International Children's Dream Foundation, an organization that offers tools to young people to cope with life's big challenges.

Tim has served as a trustee on several boards in support of Napa organizations and non-profits including Justin Sienna High School and Queen of the Valley Foundation. He served on the Queen's Foundation board for 12 years, one of which he was President (2006-7). Tim was also one of the partners in the recent restoration of the Art Deco Uptown Theatre on Third Street in Napa.

Sadly in 2007, Peggy Herman suffered a traumatic brain injury after being thrown from her horse. At the time, there was no neurosurgery coverage in the Napa Valley. Recognizing the need for this life-saving medical service, Tim began working with Queen of the Valley to bring neurosurgery back to Napa. The Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center opened in the spring of 2011.

"There was nothing anyone could have done to save Peggy. But that experience really brought home how important it is to have a world-class medical center like the Queen here in Napa," Tim said. "I decided, since I had the financial resources, to do what I could to help the Queen continue to provide the state-of-the-art services we all depend on, even if we don't think about them every day."

In June 2011, Tim married Mary Beth Robinson, a sales executive for Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine. They have been major supporters of the hospital both financially and in giving of their time and talents.

"While Mary Beth and Tim Herman are well aware of the community benefits that will result from their generous investment, they also know that making a profound difference in others' lives can provide a personal, restorative joy," added John.

The $11 million gift is comprised of three donations:

  • A $1M two-for-one challenge (the Foundation is raising $2 for every $1 donated by Tim) to help fund the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center,
  • An initial $5M to support the development of the hybrid operating room in the diagnostic and surgical pavilion,
  • And an additional $5M to further support the pavilion.

With this major gift, Queen of the Valley Foundation has raised $21.8 million of the $30 million campaign goal.

More about the Herman Family Pavilion

The Herman Family 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.

In addition to the hybrid OR suite, the pavilion will also house:

  • Six operating suites known as "smart ORs" outfitted with flat screen monitors and an in-room camera system for remote communication between physicians and their colleagues. The rooms are made with robust steel framing designed to remain in operation in the event of an earthquake and to minimize the issue of vibration during sensitive operating procedures.
  • 20 private intensive care rooms using evidence-based design that considers the patient and employees. The rooms will be large, filled with ambient light and designed to encourage family-assisted patient care, incorporating sleeper sofas and desks with data outlets.
  • A clinical and pathology laboratory equipped with the latest technology and a camera system linking directly to operating rooms providing real-time communication capability between surgeons and pathologists.

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 $70 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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