Queen of the Valley Awarded $500,000 Gift From The V Foundation for Cancer Research

NAPA, CA, JANUARY 31, 2013 —  Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation today announced the awarding of of a half-million dollar gift from The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The funds will support the clinical laboratory and pathology service in the hospital’s new Herman Family Pavilion, a state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot diagnostic and surgical pavilion, currently under construction. The clinical laboratory will be equipped with the latest technology including a camera system linked directly to the operating rooms, enabling real-time communication between surgeons and pathologists.

 “The V Foundation is privileged to help fund the clinical laboratory and pathology service,” said Julie Allegro, chairwoman of The V Foundation Wine Celebration. “The laboratory will allow space to add new technologies to keep pace with advances in diagnostic assessment, and more importantly to allow cancer patients to be able to continue to receive expert care locally, a proven factor in positive outcomes.”

“We are tremendously grateful for this generous gift, which is The V Foundation’s second major investment in Queen of the Valley,” said Elaine John, vice president for philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and president and CEO of the Queen of the Valley Foundation. “The V Foundation’s vision in recognizing the importance of our work in advancing treatment of and helping to find a cure for cancer will have an impact on the future of health care in the Napa Valley.”

In presenting the gift, Bob Lloyd, chairman of The V Foundation, said, “We are very impressed with the Regional Cancer Center at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, which has been nationally recognized and accredited for its outstanding achievement in cancer care and programs. The Queen’s mission to provide cancer patients with the latest technologies and treatments available for their continued health and well-being aligns with our own. We are truly honored to partner and provide funding to advance effective cancer treatment and services in our Napa Valley community.”

This is The V Foundation’s second major gift to the Queen. A previous $550,000 gift enabled the Queen to launch its Cancer Wellness Program, which is a model for emerging survivorship programs across the country.

“The V Foundation is very proud to have helped fund the Wellness Center at Queen of the Valley,” said Jane Brovelli, executive director of The V Foundation Wine Celebration. The Wellness Center opened its doors to the community in 2006, and the Center’s cancer wellness program aids cancer patients in their survivorship and sustaining health maintenance. “We look forward to a committed partnership as Queen of the Valley continues to show growth and progress in critical cancer research and cancer patient treatment and care,” Brovelli added.

The new diagnostic and surgical pavilion will be among the first hospital buildings 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 “green” health care facilities. The facility also incorporates evidence-based design, with decisions about the building environment based on credible research in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, as well as operating efficiency for staff. In addition to the clinical and pathology laboratory, the pavilion will also house six operating suites known as “smart ORs” and 20 private intensive care rooms.