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
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
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
www.sthelenahospital.org or www.adventisthealth.org .
SOURCE St. Helena Hospital