NAPA, CA, February 1, 2013 -- Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation today announced the awarding of a half-million dollar gift from The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The funds will support the clinical laboratory and pathology service in the hospital's new Herman Family Pavilion, a state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot diagnostic and surgical pavilion, currently under construction. The clinical laboratory will be equipped with the latest technology including a camera system linked directly to the operating rooms, enabling real-time communication between surgeons and pathologists.
"The V Foundation is privileged to help fund the clinical laboratory and pathology service," said Julie Allegro, chairwoman of The V Foundation Wine Celebration. "The laboratory will allow space to add new technologies to keep pace with advances in diagnostic assessment, and more importantly to allow cancer patients to be able to continue to receive expert care locally, a proven factor in positive outcomes."
"We are tremendously grateful for this generous gift, which is The V Foundation's second major investment in Queen of the 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 Foundation. "The V Foundation's vision in recognizing the importance of our work in advancing treatment of and helping to find a cure for cancer will have an impact on the future of health care in the Napa Valley."
In presenting the gift, Bob Lloyd, chairman of The V Foundation, said, "We are very impressed with the Regional Cancer Center at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, which has been nationally recognized and accredited for its outstanding achievement in cancer care and programs. The Queen's mission to provide cancer patients with the latest technologies and treatments available for their continued health and well-being aligns with our own. We are truly honored to partner and provide funding to advance effective cancer treatment and services in our Napa Valley community."
This is The V Foundation's second major gift to the Queen. A previous $550,000 gift enabled the Queen to launch its Cancer Wellness Program, which is a model for emerging survivorship programs across the country.
"The V Foundation is very proud to have helped fund the Wellness Center at Queen of the Valley," said Jane Brovelli, executive director of The V Foundation Wine Celebration. The Wellness Center opened its doors to the community in 2006, and the Center's cancer wellness program aids cancer patients in their survivorship and sustaining health maintenance. "We look forward to a committed partnership as Queen of the Valley continues to show growth and progress in critical cancer research and cancer patient treatment and care," Brovelli added.
The new diagnostic and surgical pavilion will be among the first hospital buildings 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, with decisions about the building environment based on credible research in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, as well as operating efficiency for staff. In addition to the clinical and pathology laboratory, the pavilion will also house six operating suites known as "smart ORs" and 20 private intensive care rooms.
About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The foundation has raised more than $135 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. The V Foundation, which has received nine top four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, awards its research grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a scientific advisory board. The V Foundation for Cancer Research's annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, will celebrate its 15th anniversary August 2 and 3, 2013. More information may be found www.jimmyv.org or www.winecelebration.org.
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 nearly $80 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 queensfoundation.org.
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 www.thequeen.org.