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Queen of the Valley Announces Opening of the Herman Family Pavilion


Queen of the Valley Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of its new Herman Family Pavilion to patient care this December.

Surgical services will move into the facility on Dec. 3, and patients will be scheduled for surgery in the new space beginning Dec. 4. Surgical services include in-patient surgery, pre- and post-surgical care and sterile processing. The Intensive Care Unit will move from its current location inside the main hospital to the pavilion's Marjorie Mondavi Center for Intensive Care on Dec. 8. Each ICU patient will have a team assigned to him or her to ensure a successful and smooth transition.

The hospital's Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Services are already up and running on the 1st floor of the new facility. These areas are equipped with the latest technology and a camera system linking directly to the "smart ORs" providing real-time communication capability between surgeons and pathologists. The area was designed to accommodate new technologies to keep pace with advances in diagnostic assessment. The new clinical and pathology lab space is not open to the public. All outpatients needing blood draws or specimen collection should continue to be directed to the blood draw stations in the main hospital and 980 Trancas Street.

Several years in the making, 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 is 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.

"The Herman Family Pavilion is a monument to what happens when great health care, a vision for the future, talent, expertise and personal significant giving all come together for the good of the community," says Walt Mickens, president and CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "The opening of this amazing facility has been a long time in the making and we could not be more pleased with the outcome."

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. There is a dedicated cardiac OR, and four general ORs.

One of the six rooms is the Michael Hubbard Family Hybrid Surgical Suite, complete with Zeego, a multi-axis, robotic, high-resolution, 3-D imaging system that utilizes software to reconstruct dynamic images of a patient's heart and vascular system in real time. This precious imaging allows for closed, catheter-


based surgeries. The hybrid suite also has all the equipment necessary for open procedures, allowing

surgeons to convert from minimally invasive to open bypass surgery. This type of hybrid OR is the first of its kind in the region that will benefit patients who require heart and vascular procedures.

In addition to the six operating suites, the pavilion holds a clinical and pathology laboratory and the Marjorie Mondavi Center for Intensive Care, with 20 private intensive care suites designed for improved patient outcomes. The facility also offers an expansive lobby and ICU waiting area, prayer/reflection rooms, and the Kenzo Healing Garden where employees, patients and visitors can stroll or sit for respite and enjoyment.

Private philanthropy provided 30 percent of the funds to complete the Herman Family Pavilion. It is named in recognition of the extraordinary generosity of the Tim Herman family, who gave $11 million. Mrs. Walter Fogarty, Jr. made the first pledge to the campaign with a $250,000 commitment. Generous donations of $1 million or more were made by the Michael Hubbard Family; the Michael, Marcia and Tim Mondavi families; Betty O'Shaughnessy and Paul Woolls; Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto; and the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation. The V Foundation for Cancer Research also made a generous donation to support the Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Services Center.

"More than 100 of our employees and dozens of physicians at Queen of the Valley also made very personal donations to support the new Herman Family Pavilion," added Mickens. "Having the support of the Napa community as well as the support of our employee family is amazing."

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, imaging and rehabilitation services.

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, nutrition education and disease prevention and management. More information may be found at

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