St. Helena Hospital and SHH Foundation Announce

$27.5 million Campaign to Build World Class Hospital

Oct 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from St. Helena Hospital

    ST. HELENA, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with St.
 Helena Hospital, the St. Helena Hospital Foundation has launched the
 largest fundraising campaign in the Hospital's history and in the history
 of the upper Napa Valley: a $27.5 million capital campaign to help fund the
 first phase of St. Helena Hospital's five-phased master facilities plan to
 rebuild its campus, expand services and add new technologies.
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     Phase 1 includes the development of a Cancer Center, an expanded
 Outpatient Surgery Center -- both located in a new 25,000 sq. ft.
 Outpatient Services Pavilion -- the relocation and expansion of the Family
 Birth Center, new cardiovascular/peripheral vascular lab, the addition of
 new diagnostic technologies and an electronic medical records system. Total
 cost for Phase 1 is $30 million.
     "This is an exciting time for health care in the Upper Napa Valley,"
 says JoAline Olson, St. Helena Hospital president and CEO. "Implementation
 of this phase and subsequent phases will help ensure the growth of the
 hospital while meeting community and regional healthcare needs." The new
 construction also allows the hospital to meet state seismic standards.
     "St. Helena Hospital has been an integral part of the upper Napa Valley
 and region for almost 130 years," says Olson. "Residents of Napa County and
 neighboring communities deserve access to the best medical care. This
 campus upgrade will allow us to provide outstanding care now and in the
     Campaign leadership will be shared by four co-chairs: Daphne Araujo,
 co-owner of Araujo Estate Wines (Calistoga), Rick Jones, owner of the Jones
 Family Vineyards (Calistoga), Louis "Bob" Trinchero, chairman of the board
 of Trinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home Winery (St. Helena), and Roger O.
 Walther, CEO of Tusker Corporation (San Francisco).
     "I've been involved in many fundraising activities and campaigns," says
 Jones, who also serves as the chairman of the St. Helena Hospital
 Foundation Board of Directors, "but none more important than this. We have
 accepted volunteer leadership positions because we believe that high
 quality health care is essential to our families and businesses. We are
 building a world-class hospital that will serve our community for
 generations to come."
     The projected cost of St. Helena Hospital's capital needs over the next
 five to six years -- including the $30 million needed to pay for the Phase
 I capital projects -- is $60 million. According to Don Ammon, President and
 CEO of Adventist Health. St. Helena Hospital and Adventist Health have
 agreed to fund $35 million from operations and debt.
     "The Foundation is mounting an area-wide fundraising campaign to raise
 a minimum of $25 million to help pay for the Phase I capital projects and
 an additional $2.5 million for endowment and other needs," says Elaine
 John, president and CEO of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. "I am proud
 of the high-powered team that we have assembled to assist us in this major
 fundraising effort."
     Joining the co-chairs is a Campaign Cabinet that includes: Bruce
 Atwater, Catherine Ball, Keith Geeslin, Richard Kramlich, Robin Lail,
 Pascal Levensohn, Charles McMinn, Robert Maier, Timothy Mondavi, Elizabeth
 Peters, Robert Phillips, George Sheldon, Anne Stotesbery, Virginia Van
 Asperen, Thomas Wajnert, Joseph Wender and Diane Wilsey.
     "We are pleased that prior to the announcement of the $27.5 million
 campaign, we have already raised nearly $14 million; we are half way
 there," says campaign co-chair Bob Trinchero.
     Construction of the Outpatient Services Pavilion is expected to begin
 by the spring of 2007 and be completed in 2008.
     New Cancer Center of Excellence
     The hospital's new 12,500 sq. ft. Cancer Center will occupy the entire
 top floor of the new Outpatient Services Pavilion. It will feature a
 state-of-the-art radiation oncology treatment (a Varian linear accelerator,
 which delivers high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy to cancer
 cells); chemotherapy suites; patient restoration and therapy spa, cancer
 resource center, and a special needs boutique.
     Next to heart disease, cancer is the leading cause of death in
 California. Of California's 58 counties, Napa County had the tenth highest
 incidence of cancer cases diagnosed from 1998-2002. Lake County, where
 approximately one-third of St. Helena Hospital's patients reside, had the
 third highest incidence.
     "With our new Cancer Center, the latest in cancer treatment will be
 available," says Olson. The fact that all services will be located on one
 floor and fully integrated will allow residents to have care close to
     New and Expanded Outpatient Surgery Center
     The 11,000 sq. ft. Outpatient Surgery Center will occupy the lower
 floor of the Outpatient Services Pavilion and will provide a
 patient-focused approach to ambulatory surgery, endoscopy and medical
 imaging. "Patients and their families will find that their needs will be
 met in a one-stop, pleasant environment in our new building," says Olson.
     The new Outpatient Surgery Center will include: new state-of-the-art
 surgical suites, a permanent MRI, two dedicated endoscopy procedure rooms,
 pre- and post- operative rooms that allow for privacy and comfort, a minor
 procedure recovery room, a private consultation room and a large waiting
 room for family members.
     "Like most hospitals and medical centers across the nation, St. Helena
 has experienced an increasing focus on outpatient surgery in the past
 decade," says Olson.
     "We want to provide community members with the best experience possible
 when they come for same day surgery," says Olson. "Our expanded facilities
 will allow patients private and convenient same day surgery services."
     New and Expanded Family Birth Center
     In more than 50 years since the main hospital facility was built,
 maternity care has changed dramatically. Community expectations of
 maternity care have changed as well.
     "The new and expanded Family Birth Center will be located on the third
 floor of the Ancillary Building in space currently occupied by Outpatient
 Surgery," says Olson. " It will be twice the size (6,800 sq. ft. vs. 3,400
 sq. ft.) of the current facility and will offer mothers and their babies
 state-of-the-art obstetric services combined with the comforts of home."
     New features of the Family Birth Center include: five
 labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum suites that are large enough to allow
 the mother, newborn and family members to remain in one room during their
 hospital stay. There will also be a maternity surgical suite and nursery.
     New Cardiovascular/Peripheral Vascular Lab
     The new Cardiovascular/Peripheral Vascular lab will allow St. Helena
 Hospital cardiologists and other physicians to perform the latest cardiac
 and peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures. The lab
 will occupy more than 650 sq. ft. in the hospital. During its first year of
 service, it is anticipated that the lab will serve at least 2,200 patients.
     Features of new lab include: state of the art imaging equipment, easy
 to use tableside controls, flat panel technology and sophisticated digital
 image processing.
     Electronic Medical Record System
     St. Helena Hospital is committed to providing superior patient care
 through the innovative use of technology. One of the technologies currently
 being implemented is Project IntelliCare, a state-of-the-art clinical
 information system that allows patients' medical data to be recorded and
 viewed privately and securely via computers.
     Project IntelliCare is a paperless system that will enhance patient
 safety, the quality of patient care and improve patient satisfaction.
     St Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit health
 system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on
 the Seventh-day Adventist legacy of Christian health care, Adventist Health
 is comprised of 20 hospitals with more than 3,100 beds, 18,300 employees,
 numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, 16 home care agencies and three
 joint-venture retirement centers. For more information, visit or .

SOURCE St. Helena Hospital