Media roundup: Sobrato Pavilion announcement

photo by Luis Gonzalez

Watch highlights from the press conference and review media converage from John A. and Susan Sobrato’s annoucement of a $5 million gift the the VMC Foundation, the largest ever made to the organization.

The event served as a kick-off for a 2-year VMC Foundation campaign to match the Sobrato donation before the new facility opens in late 2013.




San Jose Mercury News

Sobrato family donates $5 million to help equip new building at VMC

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 

John A. Sobrato donates $5M grant to Valley Medical Center

NBC Bay Area

South Bay Hospital Receives Hefty Donation


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center recieve $5 million from John Sobrato 


John A. Sobrato announces historic gift to VMC Foundation

The VMC Foundation was joined by the legendary Silicon Valley philanthropist John A. Sobrato today to announce a $5 million challenge grant in support of the new VMC hospital building currently under construction.  The gift represents the largest ever made to the VMC Foundation, and the largest by an individual to a County Hospital west of the Mississippi.

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If successful in matching the Sobrato donation, the VMC Foundation will have raised $10 million to fund the purchase of vital equipment and medical technology for the new facility, slated to open in 2016.

VMC Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder also announced that the 370,000 square foot building will be dedicated as the “John A. and Susan Sobrato Pavilion.” It will house adult intensive care and acute care units, as well as Valley Medical Center’s renowned Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center.

Construction of the building is being financed by the tax payers of Santa Clara County, who passed Measure A by overwhelming margins in 2008 to ensure that VMC could rebuilt and upgrade facilities that do not meet state-mandated earthquake safety regulations for hospitals.  While public dollars will cover the costs of construction, millions of additional dollars are needed for medical equipment and life-saving technology.  The VMC Foundation will attempt to fill that gap via an aggressive capital campaign to raise donations from the community.

In addition to the Sobrato gift, organizations such as The Valley Foundation, The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, the VMC Volunteer Auxiliary and over 600 Valley Medical Center and Health and Hospital System employees who have donated to the Foundation’s “Give a Booster Shot” program have already supported the campaign.

When open, it will be one of the most technologically advanced and energy efficient hospital facilities in California.

To learn more about the Sobrato Pavilion, please enjoy the following video.

Join us for “A Very BIG Announcement” Jan. 25th

invitation to special VMC Foundation press conference, January 25, 2012

Please join the VMC Foundation and John A. Sobrato for a special press conference announcing….well, we can’t tell you just yet.  That’s why people have press conferences.

But when we say “big,” we mean it.   Really, really big. Historically big.  As in, the VMC Foundation will never be the same.

Details are as follows –

When is it? Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where is it? Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 751 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose (outside by the flagpoles in front of the Main Hospital building)

What is it?  Nice try.  But you have to come to find out.  And you want to.

And if it’s raining? The event will be relocated to the Sobrato Cancer Center Conference Room on the ground floor of the Valley Specialty Center (click on flyer image to see map).

Need to download the event flyer? Great.  Here it is.

“A Very Big Announcement” – January 25, 2012

Questions?  Give us a call.