“Gala in the Garden,” September 29, 2012 is SOLD OUT.


Join the VMC Foundation for “Gala in the Garden” on September 29, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  at the lovely Atherton home of Michelle Sandberg, MD and Marc Bodnick.

Dance to the Grammy-nominated sounds of Octobop.

Taste the delectable cuisine of Parley Sage Rosemary & Thyme.

Enjoy great local artisan wines.

Bid on unique auctions items.


This event is the annual fundraising gala for the VMC Foundation.  A portion of your gift will be tax deductible.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more inforamtion, contact Beth Williams via email or by calling 408-885-5206.

Our Kids are Drowning in Sugar…

Produced by our coalition of agencies looking out for kids’ health, this image should be shared if it’s to succeed…please help!

Please help me spread the word about this…there’s NO WAY Valley Medical Center’s pediatricians should be seeing 4th graders with “adult onset” diabetes – but they are, every day. And please, don’t talk to me about the “nanny state” telling you what do drink. Do you think it’s awesome that billions of dollars in advertising have resulted in kids thinking they need soda, and otherwise well-meaning parents giving in to that pressure? Sorry – I get a little incensed about this, and if we don’t call out the enemy, we’ll never know who were fighting. The VMC Foundation is proud to have worked as fiscal sponsor of the “Re-Think Your Drink” campaign in Santa Clara County for the past few years…and I believe we’re making an impact. Share this info, and I’ll be right.

Get out of our hospital, and STAY out!

You may have seen yesterday’s Mercury News article about hospitals being penalized for having high patient readmission rates. The article reported that 30 Bay Area hospitals will forfeit a small percentage of Medicare funds this year due to their too-high rates of patient readmission.

While we’re proud to report that Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was NOT included on the list of hospitals with excessive readmissions, we want you to know that is an important issue VMC takes seriously. The leadership and providers at VMC have made concentrated efforts to improve patient outcomes, and those efforts are paying off!

Some say that penalizing hospitals who see a larger number of poor and uninsured patients isn’t fair, because they tend to have higher rates of readmissions… but I think we can all agree that ALL hospitals should be working as hard as they can for better patient outcomes, and at VMC, the proof is that it CAN be done – even in a medical center that sees the largest number of low-income, underinsured members of our community.

Every hospital is trying to curb unnecessary readmissions. There are a number of complex reasons a patient may be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, including lack of a discharge plan or the quality of a patient’s post-discharge care. Whatever the reason, the federal government considers readmission rates to be an indication of the quality of care patients receive at a facility, and we want every patient who visits VMC to receive the best care possible.

Reducing readmission rates is critical to VMC receiving Medicare funding, but to the hardworking folks at VMC, it’s not just about the money. VMC’s providers are working to reduce patient readmission rates because it’s the right thing to do… and because it’s what’s best for patients.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out the article, and let us know what you think!

VMC cares for people. And bees.

The beekeeper relocates a huge hive from the rafters of VMC’s historic building. Carefully, I would think.

The oldest building on Valley Medical Center’s campus still in use is this one, which houses VMC’s Sexual Assault Response Team. The SART program is the only one in the county, and sadly treats 30 patients a month. It’s a safe place right next to the main hospital where victims of assault get treatment and have evidence collected.

That “safe place” might be why a colony of bees moved in two years ago and built a big hive. That worked out for a while, until we couldn’t go on without fixing the roof.

So, we called in a beekeeper to relocate the hive and its owners.  They get a permanent home, and we get a new roof on a building that goes back to 1917. The roof, by the way, isn’t the only part of the building that needs TLC…so, if you are interested in preserving this historic landmark on your public hospital campus, give me a buzz.

That’s one honey of a beehive! Bees, like VMC’s SART Program, are important to protect.

World AIDS Day Silicon Valley 2012

World AIDS Day Silicon Valley 2012

Poster & Video Contest


Presented by the Ira Greene Partners for AIDS Care and Education (PACE) Clinic and the VMC Foundation. 

Entry Form

Are you passionate about educating your peers about the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS? Do you like to act or sketch? We are now accepting entry forms for the 2012 World AIDS Day poster and video contest!

The Poster & Video Contest aims to educate our younger generation about the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS. Did you know that in 2010, there were 818 reported cases of people living with HIV and 2,193 reported cases of people living with AIDS in Santa Clara County (Santa Clara County 2012-2014). Be the voice and get involved in advocating your generation to get tested!

Contest Calendar

  • 9/9: Video & Poster Contest Launch
  • 11/26: Video & Poster Contest Submission Deadline
  • 11/26 – 11/28: Poster & Video Judging
  • 11/30: Notification of Winners
  • 12/1: World AIDS Day Event and acknowledgement of winners at Santa Clara University

The Prizes: Grand prize winner(s) in the high school category and college category will have their video and poster published on a website. Top winners will also receive a tablet or MP3 player. They will also receive a prize that may include a gift card or electronics. Runner-ups will receive a gift card.

Eligibility requirements: Teens and young adults between the ages of 13-24* are eligible to participate in the video contest. You may enter the video contest as an individual or in a group (maximum 4). The poster contest is an individual contest. You must be a resident of Santa Clara County. Winners must be present at the Worlds AIDS Day event on December 1,2012 at Santa Clara University. Submissions can be in your native language.

*In order to participate you must be minimum of a freshmen in high school


Completed submissions can be turned in at the following places:

  • The VMC Foundation Office (2400 Moorpark Ave. Suite 207, San Jose, CA)
  •  Palo Alto Unified School District Office (25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, CA)
  • Campbell Union High School District (3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA)
  • The Billy DeFrank Center (938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA)
**Videos can also be upload to YouTube and then the link emailed to SCCWorldAIDSDay@gmail.com. Poster submissions can be emailed to the same address as an attachment.

Poster/ Video Slogans: Choose at least one or more of the following:

  • Be the generation (AIDS free generation)
  • AIDS: prevention is the only cure
  • Stamp out stigma
  • Take charge. Take the test.

 To download a copy of the contest requirements, click here

 To donate to World AIDS Day Silicon Valley, click here

Details about the World AIDS Day event on December 1st at Santa Clara University will be posted soon.

Questions? Contact SCCWorldAIDSDay@gmail.com.