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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061024/SFTU146 ) 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 future." 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 home." 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 www.sthelenahospital.org or www.adventisthealth.org .
SOURCE St. Helena Hospital