Join VMC’s Rehab Research Center for the “Walk for Thought”

Jerry Wright, Clinical Research Manager of VMC's RRC, talks about Walk for Thought on KNTV

The Santa Clara County Walk for Thought benefits the Brain Injury Association of California…and they are a huge partner of VMC’s renowned Rehab Center.

No plans yet for Saturday? Come on out and join Jerry Wright, Stephanie Kolakowski – Hayner, and the rest of our Rehabilitation Research Center for this great day at Almaden Lake Park.

Click here for a great article in the Mercury News all about it, and better yet, click here to register!

Sharks Pediatric Clinic at VMC to be unveiled Friday, March 23

Join Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau,* Doug Wilson and the VMC Foundation for the unveiling of the Sharks Pediatric Clinic at Valley Health Center Tully in San Jose on Friday, March 23.

For nearly a year, the Sharks Foundation and VMC Foundation have been working  to transform one of VMC’s largest community clinics into a fun and engaging Sharks themed environment that will promote wellness and healthy living.  With support from the Sharks Foundation and other generous donors, and the expertise of ANDERSON BRULÉ ARCHITECTS, INC., the new center will help VMC continue it’s mission of providing quality healthcare to all children in Santa Clara County, regardless of ability to pay.


WHAT: The Sharks Foundation has teamed-up with the Valley Medical Center Foundation to create a San Jose Sharks-themed pediatric clinic at a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center clinic located on Tully Road in San Jose. The Sharks-themed pediatric clinic, which includes a Sharks-themed children’s play area, Sharks-themed décor throughout the clinic and examination rooms that will feature Sharks loveable mascot S.J. Sharkie, will officially open at a special ceremony to be held on Friday, March 23 at 12:45 p.m.

WHO: Sharks players Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau are scheduled to join Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and members of the Sharks Foundation staff as well leaders from the Valley Medical Center Foundation and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Players are subject to change.

DATE: Friday, March 23, 2012

TIME: 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Valley Health Center Tully
500 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111

*Players scheduled to appear.  Subject to change.



CA Bar Foundation Expands Medical-Legal Clinic to Gilroy

Chris Wilder of the VMC Foundation, Alec Chang of the California Bar Foundation, and Jennifer Kelleher of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

VMC’s successful innovation to place lawyers on site at pediatric clinics is broadening its impact with an expansion into Gilroy this month, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the California Bar Foundation.

The rationale for medical-legal partnerships is simple, say a few injury law firms in chicago: Sometimes a child’s health problems require a legal solution. VMC’s pediatricians treat children with chronic asthma due to mold in their apartments, children who face challenges at school when they need to take medications during the school day, and children whose parents need assistance accessing food stamps and other benefits to help keep their children healthy. In these cases, free legal services from a specially-trained attorney can mean the difference between a child’s ever worsening health and identifying a lasting solution in their home or school environment.

“The California Bar Foundation is proud to support VMC in its efforts to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable children in Santa Clara County,” said Alec Chang, board member for the California Bar Foundation. “VMC’s medical-legal partnership eliminates barriers to health by addressing the related legal problems facing children and their parents.”

Since its inception, the pediatric medical-legal partnership clinic has received over 400 referrals from VMC pediatricians. The program was founded in 2009 with generous grant support from FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, an ongoing funder of the program.

What to do with your OLD iPad…

Debbie Bursdall, on the left, helps a rehab patient with tech access. Be a part of the solution(s) with us!

Tomorrow the new iPad is released. If you’re like me, you’ll be lining up overnight  in the rain outside the Apple Store to get yours!

Okay, not really. But I WOULD if I had the time, because like most Apple products the New iPad is sure to be an amazing device. If you’re excited about your New iPad, you may not yet have decided just what to do with your old one.

May I humbly suggest: Donate it to the Technology Access Program at the VMC Foundation! We work every day with Valley Medical Center patients who have spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries to set them up with web access, voice activation, and other technological needs…which helps them in so many ways.

The iPad, it turns out, is a fantastic rehabilitation tool. It is light-weight, light-touch, large-screen, and perfect for people living with paralysis. The iPad can even help them regain functionality as they stay connected with loved ones and the outside world. An endless supply of apps, voice recognition, games…well, you get it.

Our Technology Access Program, led by the VMC Foundation’s Debbie Burdsall, is so successful that she travels around the country telling other hospitals how we do it. But to do it as well as we can, we need a steady stream of the latest and greatest – or close to it. Therefore, if you have an older iPad or even a gently-used laptop, give us a call at 408-885-5299 (or reply to this post) and claim a tax deduction by donating it. Our patients will benefit, and you’ll feel even better about standing in the drizzle all night waiting for the Apple Store to open tomorrow!

“After Hours with the Business Journal,” Mar. 29 @ 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by Focus Business Bank

Join the VMC Foundation, John A. Sobrato, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and Focus Business Bank for “After Hours with the Business Journal.”

Meet an network with staff of the Business Journal, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and John A. Sobrato. And learn about the latest addition to the VMC campus – the John A. and Susan Sobrato Pavilon.

WHEN: Thursday, March 29th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Focus Business Bank, 10 Almaden Blvd., Suite 150, San Jose

WHAT: appetizers and cocktails will be served

TICKETS: $25 per person

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QUESTIONS: Call 408.299.1832