The only thing you should read today

onlyI spent a day last week with the leaders of Ventura County Medical Center.  Not surprisingly, they are just as proud of their services as we are here in Santa Clara County—and they should be; from what I learned, Ventura County Medical Center is a jewel for their community…just like VMC!

They like to talk about “The Onlys” a lot. That’s their list of things that ONLY their medical center is and does. Theirs is a long list of “onlys”, and got me thinking about trying to compile our own list.

Of course, Valley Medical Center is known as the ONLY hospital in Santa Clara County that serves anyone, regardless of ability to pay. But as the alert reader of this blog knows, we also offer “onlys” that would have you choosing us even if you had platinum private insurance and a zillion bucks in the bank.

Here, in no particular order, are some of our “onlys”:

  • VMC is the only stand-alone pediatric intensive care unit in San Jose.
  • VMC runs the only Burn Trauma Center in the Bay Area (one of only two in the state north of L.A.)
  • VMC is the only medical center in Silicon Valley that’s existed longer than 130 years.
  • VMC is home to the only sexual assault response team in the county.
  • VMC houses the only Mother’s Milk Bank in California.
  • VMC is the only top-level trauma center in San Jose. It also serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties…none of which have trauma centers.
  • VMC provides the only brain/spinal cord injury rehabilitation inpatient service in the county.
  • VMC has the only Rehab Trauma Center in California.
  • VMC runs the only regenerative medicine institute in Silicon Valley.
  • VMC offers the only emergency acute psychiatric service in the county.
  • VMC is the only county hospital in the state with a genetics department.

…that last bullet I think is true – trouble is, “onlys” are hard to capture because there’s not usually some state-wide agency that keeps track of things like how many public hospitals have playgrounds on the roof (VMC does, and maybe we’re the only one).

What other “onlys” am I missing? Help me add to this list!


Hey HHS staff, join us for lunch August 12

VMCF Staff Making PaellaThe annual VMC Foundation “FREE STAFF LUNCH” event is fast approaching.  Join us August 12th, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the 5th floor of the staff parking structure at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for a delicious meal catered by Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme and live music by the Idol Hands Band.

This event is 100% free, and open to any and all employees of the Santa Clara Valey Health & Hospital System (remember to bring your ID badge, must be present to get food).

Why are hosting this event?  Because nobody does more for the health of this valley than you.  S0 let us buy you lunch.

All food and event materials paid for by donations.  No County funds will be used in the production of this event.

2014 Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP

The second annual Sheriff’s Heroes Run is on! SAP_grad_R2_min

Join the VMC Foundation as well as the heroes of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Valley Medical Center for a family-friendly 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at the Cupertino Civic Center this fall. 

We are thrilled to announce this year’s presenting sponsor, SAP.

“SAP is proud to sponsor the second annual Sheriff’s Heroes Run in support of Valley Medical Center and improving health outcomes for the Bay Area’s women and children,” said Christine Johnson, Sr. Director Strategic Partnerships at SAP.

This year, we have a new course with individual timed results. 

To learn more or to register for this year’s Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP visit

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, contact Laura Kazanovicz via email at 408-282-2687.

To read Christine Johnson’s blog on the other ways SAP is supporting VMC, click here.

Heroes Run Kids Fun Run