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V Foundation Raises Record Funds Towards Cancer Research

For a few minutes on Saturday night, even nonathletic, over-intellectual types got a glimpse of what it might be like to be in the locker room when a famous coach is exhorting his team to get out there and win.

Only in this case, Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, addressed some 575 guests wearing suits and slinky dresses, dining on lobster and steak and sipping wines under a massive tent at Nickel & Nickel winery. And the other guy Krzyzewski was out to beat was cancer.

Krzyzewski, whose team won the 2015 National Championship, was himself just one part of a team on Saturday night, at the V Foundation’s 17th annual Wine Celebration in Napa Valley.

The weekend’s activities included a scientific seminar on cancer research the charitable group has helped fund, as well as Saturday night’s fundraising gala.

When it was over, they’d raised a record $10.6 million for cancer research, including a whopping $7.8 million for the Fund-a-Need pledge that this year was targeted at pediatric brain cancer. This included a $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor.

“While we raised millions of dollars, what we really raised was hope,” Krzyzewski said.

The V Foundation

The V Foundation was inspired by the story of basketball coach and sports commentator Jim Valvano, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1992.

“But he didn’t just sit in his hospital room saying I’m going to die,” said Bob Lloyd, Valvano’s former roommate at Rutgers who went on to play professional basketball. “He wanted to do something.”

“It may not save my life,” said Valvano, who died in 1993. “But it might save my children’s.”

Valvano’s family, friends and colleagues rallied around him to create the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has, since 1993, awarded more than $115 million in cancer research grants throughout the U.S. An organization that gives 100 percent of direct cash donations to cancer research, it has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which ranks it in the top 10 percent of charities nationwide.

In 1999, Julie Allegro, the daughter of a V Foundation board member, came up with the idea of the V Wine Celebration and approached Lloyd. He signed on.

Lloyd served as chairman of the V Foundation from 1994 to 2014.

“It’s funny, people ask me why I did it, why I’ve been chairman for so long,” Lloyd said. “My response is simple: My friend asked me.”

In 2001 Krzyzewski and his wife, Mikie, hosted the V Wine Celebration in Napa Valley, and since then the support from vintners has been a crucial element in its success. To acknowledge their efforts, the V Foundation awards a Vintners Grant each year.

In 2001 it was in honor of Dick and Ann Grace for neuroblastoma research at UCSF. This year it recognized the support from Rick and Elaine Jones of Jones Family Vineyards. Elaine Jones was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2012 and after more than three years is doing well in combating one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

In August 2003, Gil Nickel, the owner of Far Niente Winery, made his last public appearance at the V Foundation gala. Nickel had been diagnosed with melanoma, another form of cancer with an often grim prognosis.

“We didn’t know about the V Foundation at the time,” said Nickel’s business partner, Larry McGuire, who helped organize a round-table meeting that resulted in a $500,000 donation to the group, and Nickel became an honorary founder, before his death in October of that year.

Since then, McGuire and Nickel’s widow, Beth, have provided the site for the annual gala at Nickel & Nickel winery in Oakville.

“We just felt bonded to the V Foundation,” McGuire said.

Read the entire article here.

Sierra Cycling Adventure Benefiting Adventist Heart Institute

Seven cyclists will embark on an adventure of a lifetime: three days in the Sierras, riding 251 miles and climbing 26,478 feet.

Their efforts are part of a fundraising campaign for the Adventist Heart Institute for St. Helena Hospital. The Institute has raised $9 million of the $11 million needed to build a Hybrid Operating Room, which will combine a state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical suite into one space. Once the Hybrid OR is built, it will allow physicians to provide minimally-invasive heart procedures and perform procedures that aren't possible with the hospital’s existing technology and rooms, said Jim Gamble of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

Last October, the Foundation held its 20th annual gala and raised more than $2.3 million for the Hybrid OR. During that event one of the auction lots included the Sierra cycling adventure, called “X-Treme Cycling: I (heart) the Sierras.”

Each of the seven cyclists pledged $2,500 to participate in the ride, which is coordinated and led by Gamble.

The trip begins Tuesday and ends Thursday, June 11. Last week, Gamble spoke about the route and the training needed to tackle what he calls “a wonderful adventure.”

The seven riders will be joined by four sag drivers in two cars. They all will drive to Wildwood Inn in Twain Harte on Monday, have dinner at The Rock and start riding at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The first day is 85.2 miles and 9,577 feet of climbing. It includes climbing Sonora Pass at 9,643 feet. The riders end at Bridgeport.

Gamble described the next day, Wednesday, as “a big day,” with 96.7 miles and 8,824 feet of climbing, which includes going up and over Tioga Pass, which is at 9,943 feet, in Yosemite National Park. The riders end in Mather.

On Thursday, the cyclists ride through Stanislaus National Forest, through the area of the 2013 Rim Fire, which consumed a quarter of a million acres and was the third largest wildland fire in the history of California, Gamble said. Part of that ride is on forest service roads that are closed to vehicles.

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5th Annual Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament Breaks Record

ST. HELENA, CA, May 20, 2015 – Over fifty local tennis players participated in the two-day Volley in
the Valley Tennis Tournamentat Meadowood Napa Valley on May 17th and 18th. Charitable
donations were record-breaking for the 5th annual Tournament, bringing in revenue of nearly $200,000. Proceeds of the event will benefit a new Hybrid Operating Room at St. Helena Hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2017. This special suite brings a new level of cardiac care for complex cases greatly aiding to the patient and their recovery.

“It was such a fantastic weekend, great tennis and all for a good cause,” said tennis co-chair, Jack Oliver.  “We are thankful for the support of players and sponsors who helped us to meet our goal.”

The Tournament consisted of men’s, women’s and mixed doubles Round Robin format, three tennis skill games, an exquisite dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve, and concluded with an awards ceremony with player prizes. During Monday’s lunch at Meadowood, participants watched a high-energy match between four top-rated international tennis players.

Highlights of the Sunday dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve included an insightful talk from special guest speaker, Tim Keown, ESPN The Magazine, who shared "Front-Line Stories from the Sports Battlefield." Tim has been a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine for the past 17 years.  He is an author of several books, including four New York Times bestsellers. Before joining ESPN, he was the San Francisco Giants beat writer before becoming a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

The eighty-five dinner guests also heard updates regarding the new Hybrid Operating Room at St. Helena Hospital from Dr. Andreas Sakopoulos, MD, and FACS.

To view the entire tournament photo gallery, please visit and select “Sports” and “Volley in the Valley 2015.” For more player or sponsor information for next year’s tournament on May 1st and 2nd, please visit or email


New Clinical Trial Offered at The Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center

New Clinical Trial Offered at 

The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center

It’s not every day that you see oncologists get excited about a new clinical trial. Yet, that’s exactly what happened recently at The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center (MOCC) when the new Lung-MAP S1400 clinical trial was announced in November 2014.

The Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung- MAP) trial is designed to test new treatments for advanced squamous cell lung cancer. Representing about a quarter of all lung cancer diagnoses, squamous cell carcinoma currently has few treatment options beyond surgery.

“When Dr. Greg Smith saw the first article about this, he was terribly excited,” says Clinical Research Coordinator Tammy Tamayo. “He brought it to me, and said ‘We’ve got to get the word out around here!’ He knew we needed to be involved.”

Through its participation in the Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and its unique affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, MOCC has access to many of the most promising clinical research studies and the most progressive cancer treatments in the world.

“There’s no other word for it: Our doctors are excited to have this opportunity to bring this to our community, and be a part of this effort,” Tamayo adds. “And that makes it so much easier to do this kind of research.”

Read the rest of the Community Matters Spring 2015 Newsletter here


Auction Napa Valley Supports St. Helena Hospital’s Family Birth Center
Auction Napa Valley provides consistent funding for Napa Valley nonprofits, such as the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, to care for a wide range of our local residents, from before birth to the latter part of life. 
Auction Napa Valley Recent Giving: $3,000,000 
St. Helena Hospital received a portion of the $3,000,000 local healthcare funding from The Napa Valley Vintners and Auction Napa Valley. Together, we are committed to providing excellent obstetrics in the Family Birthing Unit for all residents living in the north end of Napa Valley and surrounding areas.
The Napa Valley Vintners investment in local healthcare nonprofits fills critical gaps in community health services by addressing some of the most pressing needs for timely primary, preventative, acute and emergency care. One of the most impressive collective impacts of these programs is that every child in Napa County has access to affordable health care.
Soon after delivery, a migraine and other unexpected symptoms persisted, making the first few days as a new mother very difficult. “The nurses in the family birth unit were my saviors,” explained Susie, “If it were not for them allowing me to rest and care for our daughter, I don’t know what we would have done.”
Susie is a reflection of the ripple effect of one person’s, one child’s life being touched by the programs and people at St. Helena Hospital who are helped by Auction proceeds.


In Celebration of Doctors - By Jim Gamble

In celebration of doctors


Doctor’s Day, March 30, is rapidly approaching, and I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the incredible doctors who serve our local communities. My volunteer work with St. Helena Hospital affords me the privilege of working with many of these gifted and committed men and women.

We are blessed to have so many extraordinary doctors at St. Helena Hospital – doctors who are recognized as top in their fields, doctors who pioneer at the leading edge of medical advances, doctors from some of the country’s top medical research institutions, doctors who donate their time and skills at home and abroad, and doctors who quietly dedicate their time and talents to the community at large.

Recently, on Super Bowl Sunday, I had a very personal reason to reflect on how fortunate we are to have such capable and skilled doctors only five minutes from downtown St. Helena.

Shortly before kickoff, I started experiencing pain in my lower abdomen. As it worsened, reluctantly (it was Super Bowl Sunday, after all!) I called one of my cycling buddies, a doctor at St. Helena Hospital. On hearing my symptoms, he instructed me to get to the Emergency Room immediately, and promised to meet me there.

Once there, I was quickly diagnosed with appendicitis. I was bummed to be told I needed to have my appendix removed right away – I’d been looking forward to watching the Super Bowl! Fortunately, Dr. Parent was on-call, and he arrived at the hospital a few minutes later (with his Patriots T-shirt on underneath his scrubs), excusing himself from a large Super Bowl Party that he and his wife were hosting.

It turned out I had a perforated appendix, and it took Dr. Parent and his team 1 1/2 hours to complete the procedure. Fortunately, Dr. Parent was able to return to his party in time to see the second half which, as it turned out, was the best part of the game.

With my appendix close to bursting, I feel fortunate to have received such quick medical attention. Throughout my stay, the care and attention I received from both Dr. Parent and my many nurses was exceptional. They patiently answered all of my questions with clarity and acumen, and gently and skillfully tended to all of my needs during my stay in the hospital.

What stands out to me, and causes me to reflect on what an amazing experience it was, is that there was really nothing out of the ordinary about it. This is the work they do every day, caring for and saving lives with professionalism, skill and grace.

I have friends whose lives have been saved at St. Helena Hospital, and I have many family members, friends and work associates who have had similar experiences with the doctors and nurses at St. Helena Hospital.

As a board member of St. Helena Hospital, I feel great satisfaction working closely with “our” doctors, administrators and fellow board members to help raise funds for the purchase of state-of-the art medical devices, as well as raising the needed funds to build the spaces our doctors need in which to care for our community.

As I learned on Super Bowl Sunday, we never know when our time of need will be, but when it is our time, it’s comforting to know a world-class hospital and world-class doctors and nurses are so close by.

Jim Gamble is chair of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and a governing board member.

Read the newspaper article here


5th Annual Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament

You're Invited to the 5th Annual Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament on May 17-18, 2015!  We look forward to your participation as a player, dinner attendee, or sponsor to help raise funds for a new Hybrid Operating Room at St. Helena Hospital's Heart Institute

Players participate in 2 days of fun and friendship at Meadowood Napa Valley and enjoy a spectacular dinner event with special guest speakers. 

Sign up online to play in the tournament, attend the dinner, or to become a sponsor...


SHNV's Pediatric ER Room Gets an Update


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St. Helena Hospital Foundation’s 20th Annual Gala Grosses Over $2.3 million

ST. HELENA, CA, October 29, 2014

On October 25th, St. Helena Hospital held their 20th annual Foundation Gala at The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena. The event titled XX celebrated twenty years of compassion, care and community spirit. Over 180 supporters attended the event to proudly raise over $2.3 million for a Hybrid Operating Room for St. Helena Hospital’s Heart Institute. Read the entire Press Release here

St. Helena Hospital Foundation's 20th Annual Gala Teaser Video

Employee Campaign Update - Half Way to Goal of $10,000!

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The 20th Annual Gala and the Evolution of Cardiac Care - Hybrid OR

Read more on the 2014 St. Helena Hospital Foundation Gala Beneficiary... 



Fourth Annual Volley in the Valley Nets $100,000 for Adventist Heart Institute

Fourth Annual Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament Nets $100,000 for

St. Helena Hospital’s Adventist Heart Institute

ST. HELENA, CA, May 19, 2014 –The fourth annual Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament took place on Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5, 2014, at Meadowood Napa Valley. Over fifty local tennis players participated in the tournament to raise funds for St. Helena Hospital’s Adventist Heart Institute. Charitable donations from the event netted a total of $100,000. Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $350,000 for the Heart Institute.


We are thankful for the support of players and sponsors who contributed to our goal,” says Ericka Iten, Tournament Co-Chair. “The funds from Volley in the Valley will go directly to programs, equipment, and technology to improve the community’s heart health.”


Participants of Volley in the Valley enjoyed four doubles Round Robin tournaments, three tennis skill games, dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve, and an awards ceremony where prizes were handed out. During Monday’s lunch at Meadowood, participants watched a match between four top-rated UC Berkeley collegiate tennis players.


Highlights of the spectacular dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve included speakers Peanut Louie Harper, a past Junior Champion and Tour Pro, along with hospital doctor, James Peters, MD, from the Center for Health and TakeTEN™ program, and David Risher, co-founder of the non-profit organization Worldreader.


 “We look forward to seeing everyone back on the courts next year on May 3 and May 4, 2015 for this wonderful cause,” commented Fred Miller, Tournament Director.


To view the entire tournament photo gallery, please visit and select “Sports” and “Volley in the Valley 2014.” For more player or sponsor information, please visit or email



Planning for the Future- A Special Presentation at the St. Helena Public Library

Planning for the Future - Wills & Trusts

Join us for a special program at St. Helena Public Library co-sponsored by Thompson & Associates and the St. Helena Hospital Foundation

May 15, 2014
St. Helena Public Library
7pm - Reception and Presentation 

Special guest presenter, Jason Meredith, Attorney, will cover the following topics: 

  • What's the difference between a will & a trust?
  • How can you decrease your estate taxes?
  • How do you leave the right gift to your heirs? 
  • And, he will answer your specific questions! 

 Both individuals and
nonprofits are welcome!  

Light refreshments will be served. 


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Celebrate Doctors' Day at St. Helena Hospital

Celebrate Doctors' Day at St. Helena Hospital... 

On March 30th we celebrate Doctors' Day nationally to honor the contribution of physicians who tirelessly devote their lives to caring for patients

We invite you to provide a gift of thanks or a note of appreciation in honor of the doctor(s) who have cared for you or a loved one.

Through your donation to the Foundation, and/or by leaving a personal note of thanks, you can pay tribute to a physician for their skilled, professional care. Your gift ensures that St. Helena Hospital continues to provide only the finest health care services.

Thank you for your support of St. Helena Hospital! 

What is a Blended Gift?

 What is a Blended Gift?

A blended gift combines a cash gift with a deferred component from the donor’s estate
to realize funding a dream during the donor’s lifetime.
A combination of cash, insurance, and bequests given by a donor allows each
investment to achieve its maximum impact based on their values.

Participate in a Confidential Consultation...

The St. Helena Hospital Foundation provides a credentialed consulting service to those who require professional guidance and it is completely complimentary. 
A consultant will help you navigate the best plan to match your personal goals with a
charitable plan for your investments and retirement.

If you would like assistance in putting together a Will or Blended Gift proposal, 
lease call the Foundation at
707-967-5604 or email to schedule your complimentary and confidental meeting. 
Get started and inspire others! 

Peanut Harper Guest Speaker for the 4th Annual Volley in the Valley

Peanut Harper Joins Volley in the Valley as Guest Speaker at The Napa Valley Reserve Dinner on May 4, 2014

Mareen Louie Harper better known by her nickname Peanut, is a retired American female tennis player. Her elder sister, Marcie, also played on the WTA Tour. Harper won 14 junior national titles and was the top ranked 16-and-under tennis player in the United States in 1976. She reached the finals of the Wimbledon junior tournament in 1977 and the semifinals in 1978.

She made her professional debut in 1976, and that same year also played the US Open, where she lost in the first round. In her 19-year career, she won four singles title and reached her highest ranking of No. 19 in 1985. Her best results at the Grand Slams were the third round, which she achieved several times. Among her best wins were victories over Gabriela Sabatini and Zina Garrison. She retired in 1992.

She married her husband, Tim Harper, in 1986, and thereafter competed under the name Peanut Louie Harper. Since retiring from tennis, Louie Harper has started a graphic design firm based in San Francisco, ITP Design, and the organization Harper For Kids with her husband, which aims to teach children about important life skills. She also co-authored the book Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success with basketball coach John Wooden. She was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame in 2000, and the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame in 2010.



Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament Returns - 2014 Marks 4th Year!

ST. HELENA, CA, January 16, 2014 – Join in the fun and friendship of the annualVolley in the Valley Tennis Tournamenton Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5, 2014, at Meadowood Napa Valley. Now in its fourth year, the Tournament prides itself on attracting health and sports aficionados to participate in the event, as well as join a spectacular dinner event at The Napa Valley Reserve on Sunday, May 4. The dinner will feature special speakers, including Peanut Harper (Mareen Louie Harper), a past US Open and junior national’s tennis player, one celebrity speaker, and hospital doctors who will give health tips based on their work at St. Helena Hospital.

The Tournament raises much-needed funds for the Adventist Heart Institute which directly benefits St. Helena Hospital and the local community. As the leading cardiac program in the area, the Heart Institute depends on continued innovation and the ability to attract first-rate physicians who can provide comprehensive services with the most advanced treatments available. “St. Helena Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center operates one of the busiest cardiac programs in the region,” says Dr. Andreas Sakopoulos, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. “Expanded and updated facilities are a must to keep pace with the growing number of patients who come to the hospital for treatment.”


Members of the community can get involved in the Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament by signing up to be a player (space is limited to the first 48 players) or by becoming an event sponsor. “We are grateful for the support of players and sponsors who contribute to our mission of excellent and compassionate health care for residents of the Napa Valley and beyond,” says Fred Miller, Tournament Director. “Come out and play and help support our community’s heart health.”


The $1,000 tennis fee per player includes four doubles Round Robin tournaments, tennis clinics and a dinner ticket to hear celebrity speakers share inspiring life stories. Tickets for dinner only may be purchased for $350 per person. For more information, please visit

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Record-Breaking IMAGINE Gala Nets Over $2.4 Million

  St. Helena Hospital Foundation’s IMAGINE Gala Nets Over $2.4 million
Record-breaking Gala Raises Funds for ICU and Smart Room Technology

ST. HELENA, CA, October 28, 2013 –On October 26th, St. Helena Hospital held their 19th annual Foundation Gala at The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena. The event, aptly named IMAGINE,broke all past records, raising $1 million more than its previous record from last year. The Gala netted over $2.4 million for the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Smart Room technology.

Over 200 community supporters attended the event to raise their paddles, while also paying tribute to Gala honorees, Anne and Chuck McMinn. A true visionary, Chuck has served on the St. Helena Hospital Foundation Board for almost ten years.


During the dinner, guests enjoyed special musical entertainment by Grammy-Award winning artist, David Pack, who helped bring the crowd to their feet as they danced to the song, “Twist and Shout,” right before the auction commenced. After spirited bidding for Lot 10 – Thirteen 100 Point Wines – the lot sold for $60,000.


The evening concluded with the Fund-a-Need to help support the implementation of the “hospital room of tomorrow” which will dramatically improve the patient and caregiver experience with the use of advanced technology. During the reception, guests perused the interactive Smart Room display and browsed the one-of-a-kind auction lot displays.


“Thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Gala attendees, we will have access to state-of-the-art technology with the hospital room of tomorrow and an improved ICU for our community,” Anne and Chuck McMinn said. Approximately 800 residents from the community receive critical care in the Intensive Care Unit each year.

An Important Message from Board Member, Chuck McMinn...

Because minutes often matter, an advanced ICU to serve our community benefits everyone - our families, friends, and neighbors - should they find themselves in need of specialized critical care. Approximately 800 residents from the community receive critical care in the Intensive Care Unit each year.

Join community members Anne and Chuck McMinn to raise funds for advancement in our ICU. Watch the YouTube video and help support St. Helena Hospital today.

Your support matters!


Caring for the Future - Project Transform

Project Transform is a bold plan for updating and expanding patient room capacity at St. Helena Hospital and remodeling facilities to support patient-centered care with an eye toward innovation. The project was set in motion by the hospital leadership and made possible by philanthropic partners in the community who raised over $9 million. These renovations will ultimately touch every patient room in the hospital with a focus on several key areas including:

  • Main Hospital Lobby: Renovated in early 2011
  • Orthopedic Department: To be relocated to the second floor with plans for creating specialized rooms to provide dedicated spaces for welcoming, waiting and receiving orthopedic care
  • Family Birth Center: Enhancements will include state-of-the-art obstetric services; labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms; and a new nursery
  • Intensive Care Unit: New finishes installation completed earlier this year
  • Adventist Heart Institute: Plans to remodel and to relocate to the fifth floor
  • Medical Surgical Unit: Plans to remodel and refresh every room
  • Windows: Renovations will include replacing exterior windows for enhanced views of the Napa Valley landscape
  • New Family Gathering/Information and Meeting Areas: on the 4th and 5th floor elevator lobbies

What to Expect

The hospital will remain open during all phases of Project Transform in 2013. “The hospital is focused on minimizing any disruptions to patients,” project manager, Don Rudy says. “We look forward to sharing these improvements with everyone who visits our hospital campus.


Hospital's Maternity Ward Supported by Community Philanthropy

St. Helena Hospital’s current maternity ward is about to undergo significant changes. Come the end of 2014, expectant moms will find themselves laboring in an updated, state-of-the-art “family birthing unit,” hospital officials said last week.

According to the hospital, the maternity ward update is just one part of a $20 million renovation the health care center is undertaking. A total of seven hospital units, including the maternity ward and all inpatient rooms, will be remodeled. One unit, the intensive-care unit, has already been remodeled.  

Today, St. Helena’s newest residents are born on the fifth floor at the hospital in seven smaller labor and delivery rooms originally built decades ago. When the renovation is complete, babies will continue to be born on the fifth floor, but in one of three “state of the art” labor/delivery/recovery/post-partum rooms and four post-partum rooms for extended recovery during high-volume periods, according to Joshua Cowan, vice president of corporate development for Northern California Network of Adventist Health.

“Patient rooms will be considerably larger and more comfortable than our current rooms, allowing more space for family involvement and visitation,” Cowan said. “In addition to the larger space and added comfort, our new Family Birthing Unit will also feature enhanced security and an infant monitoring system.”

According to the most recent statistics available from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, 246 babies were born at St. Helena Hospital in 2011. By comparison, 889 babies were born at Queen of the Valley Medical Center that same year.

“We’re pretty low volume,” Cowan acknowledged. But “we have been asked by our community to make sure we have this available.”

The majority of the project is supported by community philanthropy, he noted. “We are going to continue to offer labor and delivery services. It’s an important part of our community,” he said.

The hospital construction may have some wondering if the hospital was downsizing or eliminating its maternity ward, but that’s not the case, Cowan said.

“The existing birthing unit will remain open until the new unit is ready for them to move into,” Cowan said. “The new unit is the same capacity as our existing facility and will operate on the same staffing model.”

The other units under renovation at St. Helena Hospital include the orthopedic unit, mental health unit, medical/surgical unit, heart/vascular unit, progressive critical care unit, and an intensive care unit, which is now finished.

Community Matters Newsletter- Summer 2013 edition

 Check out St. Helena Hospital Foundation's inaugural newsletter, Community Matters.  We hope you enjoy reading this new quarterly publication!


St. Helena Hospital Celebrates 135 Years of Remarkable Medicine

As we celebrate our 135th anniversary this year, we reflect back on the humble, but inspired, beginnings of our hospital. The 181-bed modern medical center that is St. Helena Hospital began as a simple two-story, wood frame structure and a collection of tents pitched near a fresh-water spring.

In 1878, Dr. Merritt Kellogg, William Pratt, and Asa Atwood had a vision that affected the lives of generations to come. They teamed up to found the Rural Health Retreat, as it was first named, on the hills overlooking the beautiful Napa Valley.

The Rural Health Retreat opened on June 7, 1878 and consisted of 13 bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen, parlor, doctor’s office, and treatment rooms. The Retreat promised various forms of healing through water vapors, hot air, medicated and electric baths, Swedish movements, proper exercise, rest, and a wholesome diet in beautiful scenery with pleasant surroundings.

Although there have been many changes to the campus since 1878, St. Helena Hospital is still a place of extraordinary healing while steadily moving into the future. Today, the Napa Valley campus is a regional center for cardiac services, outpatient surgery, obstetrics, occupational medicine, pain rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, sleep diagnostics and much more. Visit the website for more information.


IMAGINE GALA 2013 - Honoring Anne and Chuck McMinn

For the 19th consecutive year, St. Helena Hospital Foundation continues a tradition of recognizing individuals who have made a significant difference in the Napa Valley. We are especially pleased to honor Anne and Chuck McMinn of Vineyard 29 at this year’s gala, IMAGINE, to be held at The Napa Valley Reserve on October 26, 2013. As members of our community who are well-known, respected and loved, Anne and Chuck have chosen the Expansion of Care for St. Helena Hospital's Most Critical Patients as the beneficiary of the event’s proceeds.  Will you join us in honoring Anne and Chuck McMinn to benefit St. Helena Hospital?  

Thank you for your consideration and generosity.  To make an online donation, please click here.

Watch "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"- A Short Film

Click below to watch the film, "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" - a fascinating short film on the history and mission of St. Helena Hospital.



Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament Raises $100,000 (Press Release)

ST. HELENA, CA, May 13, 2013 –The highly anticipated Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournamenttook place on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6, 2013, at Meadowood Napa Valley. Over fifty local tennis players participated in the tournament to raise much-needed funds for St. Helena Hospital and Adventist Heart Institute. Charitable donations from the event totaled $100,000—a noteworthy 40% increase from the previous two years.


We are thankful for the support of players and sponsors who contributed to our goal,” says Terry Newmyer, President and CEO of St. Helena Hospital. “The funds from Volley in the Valley will go directly to programs, equipment, and technology to improve the community’s heart health.”


Participants of Volley in the Valley enjoyed four doubles Round Robin tournaments, three tennis skill games, dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve, and an awards ceremony where prizes were handed out. During Monday’s lunch at Meadowood, participants watched a match between four top-rated UC Berkeley collegiate tennis players.


Highlights of the spectacular dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve included speakers Peter Magowan, a past San Francisco Giants’ president and managing general partner, along with hospital doctor, Gan Dunnington, MD, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in treating patients with arrhythmia, and Jeff Greenwald, author of The Best Tennis of Your Life and Fearless Tennis.


“The tournament just keeps getting better due to the amazing support from our neighbors and local businesses,” commented Fred Miller, Tournament Director. “We look forward to seeing everyone back on the courts next year on May 4 and May 5, 2014 for this wonderful cause.”


To view the entire tournament photo gallery, please visit and select “Sports” and “Volley in the Valley 2013.” For more player or sponsor information, please visit or email

Volley in the Valley is Next Month!

Our Volley in the Valley Tennis Tournament is less than one month away! 
Have you signed up to be a player, a sponsor, or attend the dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve? 
Don't miss out as there are only 48 player spots and 80 dinner spots in total! 
For more information, visit




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Festival del Sole Supports St. Helena Hospital


Join us for Festival del Sole from July 12-21, 2013!

A Celebration of the Art of Life.

10 Days. 100 Wineries. Over 60 Events.

Stars of Music, Dance and Theater.

Napa Valley's Fine Wine and Cuisine.

Enriching Art, Wellness and Community Programs.


 By using the code "STHELENA" (case sensitive) for all online and phone ticket orders,

a percentage of the proceeds from Festival del Sole will directly benefit

unfunded care for patients at St. Helena Hospital
as we fulfill our mission to the community.

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Call the Patron Services team at 707.944.9910 ext 2 for more information and
please don't forget to use the code STHELENA!


You're Invited - Join SHH Foundation at Round Pond Estate


You're Invited!  Join us for a Reception at Round Pond Estate...

April 18, 2013 from 4-6pm

Enjoy light refreshments and lively discussions

Presentations include the following topics:
"Heart Stopping Savings in Your Estate Plan" - Bob Hoffman, Thompson & Associates      

"What's Wow! in Cardiology" - Andreas Sakopoulos, MD, St. Helena Hospital

RSVP here

Harmony Gala Featured in Wine Spectator's Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions of 2012

Join Us for a Virtual Tour

St. Helena Hospital Foundation (SHH Foundation) is pleased to announce the launch of our new website designed with a modern look, friendly navigation, and the latest news about our mission and giving opportunities.

Take a virtual tour:

Online Community- Our online community offers you the opportunity to view your gift history, update your email preferences, receive news from the Foundation, and keep in touch with us when your information changes.

Email Newsletter- Want to hear the latest from the Foundation on a monthly basis? Sign up for the newsletter to hear new initiatives, hospital updates, special event announcements, and more.

Special Event Announcements- Peruse the Foundation’s event calendar and receive invitations to attend special events in Napa Valley.

Weblog- Check back often to stay connected with the Foundation.

Social Media-  Get involved by becoming a fan!  Peruse photos and tag us on Instagram.

YouTube Videos- Subscribe to view inspiring and educational videos on the hospital's YouTube channel.  

Stay tuned for more exciting developments from the Foundation in 2013. We look forward to welcoming you to our community of giving!





St. Helena Hospital Foundation is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax I.D. #20-1384250  |  © 2013 - 2017 St. Helena Hospital Foundation