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Queen of the Valley receives $1 million gift from Kenzo Estate in support of healing garden


(Napa, Calif. – August 21, 2013) Queen of the Valley Foundation today announced a generous $1 million gift from Kenzo Tsujimoto, owner of Kenzo Estate, to support the Kenzo Healing Garden at the heart of the new Herman Family Pavilion, a state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot diagnostic, surgical and recovery pavilion currently under construction and scheduled to open this fall.

"I believe that organizations have a special obligation to give back to the communities that contribute to their success," said Tsujimoto. "This is particularly true when it comes to quality health care, which is why I'm supporting Queen of the Valley Foundation with this gift."

"We are honored to have this generous support from Kenzo Tsujimoto, whose own distinctive property is a breathtaking nature preserve and tranquil environment," said Walt Mickens, president and CEO of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "Major philanthropic investments from donors like Mr. Tsujimoto enable the Queen to sustain the level of medical care required to keep our community in optimal health. We are all very grateful."

The Kenzo Healing Garden has been designed by noted California landscape architect Jack Chandler to stimulate the therapeutic restorative powers inherent in both body and mind. The garden will provide a calming, outdoor space for caregivers and patients recovering from surgery or dealing with life-threatening illness.

The centerpiece of the garden is a water feature designed to demonstrate the strong bond between the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and the Napa Valley community. The dedication will read, "Reaching across time, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange 'clasped hands' with the Napa Valley community to provide a place of compassion and healing. We honor their legacy and gratefully thank them for their leadership."

Slated to open in fall 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 heart and vascular procedures. The new diagnostic and surgical pavilion will be among the first hospital buildings in California with Gold LEED certification for its environmentally conscious design meeting the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) requirements for "green" health care facilities. Design decisions about the building environment were "evidence-based," relying on credible research to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients and 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.

"This major gift from Kenzo Estate brings the new $122 million building project closer to completion," said Elaine John, president and CEO, Queen of the Valley Foundation. To date the Foundation's Crowning of the Queen Campaign has raised 80 percent of their $30 million goal. "We all expect the best medical care when we need it," adds John. "Because of the generosity of so many supporters, the Queen has been able to offer university-level medical services in our region—I am very proud of what we have accomplished through our partnership with our community."

In celebration of the Herman Family Pavilion— the Queen's newest crown jewel—Queen of the Valley Foundation is hosting the aptly named Sapphire & Steel Soiree, a celebration honoring Betty O'Shaughnessy Woolls and Paul Woolls, on September 28, 2013. For more information on the event, contact the Foundation office at 707-257-4044 or visit

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About Queen of the Valley Foundation:

Queen of the Valley Foundation was established in 1969 by a group of local residents who wanted to ensure ongoing, locally managed support for quality medical care in the Napa Valley. They knew that a financially healthy medical center was vital to the future of their community. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $80 million for Queen of the Valley Medical Center's programs, 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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