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Queen’s inaugural Sapphire and Steel Soiree raises more than $1 million


Net proceeds from the event to benefit new Herman Family Pavilion

(Napa, Calif. – Oct. 3, 2013) Queen of the Valley Foundation's inaugural gala, Sapphire & Steel Soirée: Celebrating the Queen's Crown Jewel, held on September 28, garnered more than $1 million in support of the hospital's new Herman Family Pavilion.

The gala served as an early celebration of the new, state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot diagnostic, surgical and recovery pavilion scheduled to open later this fall.

"We are tremendously grateful to everyone who attended the Soirée and raised their paddles," said Elaine John, president/CEO of Queen of the Valley Foundation and vice president for philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "Leading-edge technology is costly. We are bringing a level of sophisticated medical services to our region that we would not otherwise have without significant support from our community."

The pavilion houses six expansive operating suites with smart technology including a secure internal communications system that provides real-time, visual connection with the clinical laboratory and pathology services to facilitate collaboration during surgical procedures. One is a hybrid operating room suite, the current optimum integration of imaging technology and surgery; there is also a dedicated cardiac OR, and four general ORs. A teaching conference room with direct connectivity to the operation rooms allows for observation of surgical procedures.

In addition to the six "smart OR" operating suites, the pavilion holds a clinical and pathology laboratory and 20 private intensive care suites designed for improved patient outcomes.

Funds raised at the gala included $600,000 in "fund-a-need" donations to support a comprehensive IP communications system of voice, video, data and mobility products and applications that can instantly link nurses with patients and physicians, and allow for immediate communication among the entire medical team, including the instant transmission of charts and other medical information. The nurse call button at each patient's bedside uses Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) to connect directly with the nurse's phone anywhere in the pavilion. Besides offering quick response to patients, nurses can also immediately connect with physicians to resolve issues as soon as they arise; medical personnel can also instantly consult with their colleagues when required.

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At the gala, committee member Beth Nickel recognized and honored vintners Betty O'Shaughnessy Woolls and Paul Woolls for their community service, leadership and philanthropic support for many organizations in the Napa Valley, including Queen of the Valley Medical Center and Queen of the Valley Foundation. Betty Woolls is a current trustee of Queen of the Valley Medical Center and a past trustee of the Foundation. Nickel announced that the lobby/reception area in the new Herman Family Pavilion will be named in their honor, in appreciation for their active support.

Photo available on request. Please call Vanessa DeGier at (707) 337-0780.

More about the Herman Family Pavilion

The Herman Family Pavilion is a three-story, 72,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. Not only is it designed to withstand a major seismic event, it is also a "green" building. 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 health care facilities. The Pavilion 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.

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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