Welcome, Valley Health Center Downtown!

IMG_5318It’s a very, very big week for Valley Medical Center.

After more than a decade, on the site of the former San Jose Medical Center, in the downtown core of the 10th largest city in the United States, medical care is happening. Yes, Valley Health Center Downtown is OPENING!

For folks new in town, a little history:

In the winter of 2004, San Jose Medical Center closed abruptly after 80 years of service. A coalition of downtown activists tried—and failed—to prevent the closure, and then quickly turned their energy toward the future. The question: What could we do to ensure that downtown residents, regardless of insurance status, had somewhere to go for urgent and ongoing medical care?

Meanwhile, up the road at Valley Medical Center, the impact was felt as twice the number of patients began arriving in the Emergency Department than before the closure. Then three times the number.

The team at VMC’s ED worked brilliantly to manage the patient demand. At the same time, a growing coalition began crafting a plan to re-build part of VMC and build another health center downtown.

The opportunity came during the presidential election year of 2008, and the coalition moved with purpose. Measure A was crafted, and long story short, we WON in November. This secured the $50M it would take to build a state of the art health center at 777 East Santa Clara Street where San Jose Medical Center once stood.

And now, eight years later and on budget, Valley Health Center Downtown is serving patients. Last Wednesday we held a VIP and donor reception to thank everyone who made it all possible. The event included many attendees who were there, eleven years ago, working to save what ultimately couldn’t be saved. It was an emotional event and included scores of donors, elected officials, builders and medical professionals. Truly a wonderful evening.

You may think I’m “burying the lead” here, but I’m not. The VMC Foundation throws good parties, sure, but the most important thing is that the mission of Valley Medical Center is being actualized in downtown San Jose…and I am so happy and so proud. For all who made it happen: THANK YOU.

If you would like to be a part of the excitement, a grand opening celebration happens Saturday June 11 at 9am, on site at 777 East Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Free to attend, lots of fun for the whole family – c’mon down!

National Hospital Week – Our Chance to Thank VMC’s Incredible Staff

16nhwNational Hospital Week celebrates hospital workers, the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.


The VMC Foundation gives our most heartfelt thanks to all of the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more – for their contributions to Valley Medical Center and our many community clinics.

Donors are invited to make a gift in honor of a VMC caregiver, and we’ll proudly pass along your comments and thanks to the appropriate staff person. Visit our secure donation page to make your gift in honor of a caregiver today.

Pharmacy Admin

VMC’s Pharmacy Administration team shows how they provide “Health Care from the Heart.”

Please join us in applauding all of VMC’s talented, compassionate, and dedicated staff during National Hospital Week, and all year long.

Second Annual Heroes Run raises $20K for VMC Pediatrics!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this year’s Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP

Together we raised over $20,000 for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Pediatrics Unit.

Check out all of the fabulous photos from this year’s event by clicking on the photo below.

2014 Heroes Run Group Photo

To learn more about the Heroes Run visit www.heroesrunscc.org.

VMC Physicians honored for philanthropic efforts

P&P2014The VMC Foundation was delighted to honor three physicians for outstanding contributions to philanthropy at the 2nd Annual VMC Foundation Physicians and Philanthropy Awards, held on Tuesday, October 21.

The awards are named for Dr. Robert Violante, the former Chief of Emergency Medicine at VMC, and founding member of the VMC Foundation Board of Directors.

The awards recognize physicians who have gone above and beyond to support and enhance the work of the VMC Foundation, either through their personal giving, fundraising support and programmatic partnership.

The 2014 recipients are as follows –

  • Jim Byrne, M.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Kazuko Shem, M.D., Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Phuong Nguyen, M.D., Chief of Gynecology, President of the Medical Staff

Below are highlights from remarks by VMC Foundation Chris Wilder from the awards ceremony.

On Jim Byrne
[quote]For our first recipient, I’d like to recognize someone who has become known as one of our most entrepreneurial partners. My first opportunity to work with this physician occurred many years ago, when he had an idea for a mobile clinic that would bring ultrasound services to pregnant women who live far from our healthcare facilities. I arranged a meeting with one of our most diligent and rigorous individual donors, Dr. TJ Rodgers of Cypress Semiconductor, who proceeded to grill this physician about the practicality of his idea and the impact it could have. Well, this physician knocked it out of the park… he made a compelling case, and as a result, we were able to put the Cypress Maternal Outreach Van on the road later that year. [/quote]

On Kazuko Shem
[quote]This physician recently partnered with the VMC Foundation to cultivate a brand new foundation donor, first seeking a small seed grant to pilot a telemedicine program, and then receiving an invitation from the foundation to apply for a multi-year grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand the program. She has led the grant process with grace and patience, giving so much of her time and energy to launching the program, and it has been our pleasure to partner with her in this effort which offers an exciting new element of care for discharged rehab patients. Plus, she has been a long-time donor to the VMC Foundation. [/quote]

On Phuong Nguyen
[quote]I feel compelled to mention that this physician has a long history of extremely generous personal donations to the VMC Foundation. She was one of the very first physicians to sign up as a donor with our Give a Booster Shot campaign and she is one of our top physician contributors to date. But beyond her personal donations, this physician stuns us by leading her department at VMC to nearly 100% participation in annual donations to the VMC Foundation. She is consistently our champion and cheerleader, both inside VMC and within the community. [/quote]


Former NFL’er, now Sheriff’s Deputy is inspiration behind “Heroes Run”

Jeremy Jones

Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Jones was the inspiration and key organizer for the Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP.

The 2nd Annual Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP is just weeks away (Saturday, November 8th to be exact – buy tickets here).  The inaugural 2013 event both delighted and inspired participants with hilarious costumes, lots of adorable kids and a great cause. The 2014 edition brings a new and better venue in Cupertino, a fantastic presenting sponsor (thanks SAP!) and (hopefully) many many funds raised to benefit VMC Pediatrics.

The event is the brainchild of  Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Jones.  He first approached the VMC Foundation in the summer of 2013 with an idea to organize a charity run to benefit VMC.  He had already received the support of Sheriff Laurie Smith, and pledged that the entire department would help with the effort.

Jones came with an impressive back-story.  A local football star, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Texas at El Paso.  When a career in football ended, he went back to college with aim of a career in law enforcement. He brought with him a strong ethic of public service, and a particular commitment to helping kids.  After becoming a Deputy, it did not take long for him to learn about how important VMC is to the kids of this community.

He wrote:

I  had responded to a call that involved a mother and small child. The mother was suffering from a mental illness while caring for her nine-month-old son. Due to her illness her son was lacking the proper care needed and was admitted to Valley Medical Center. I was the deputy chosen to chaperon the child while in the hospital. As hours passed and I held this little boy and became emotionally attached. During this time I spoke with the staff at Valley Medical Center and learned that they are one of the largest pediatric centers in California.  So I visited the unit and had the pleasure of meeting several children with injuries like a broken bone  or severe burn. Regardless of their situation, a smile shined from each child’s face. As I went room to room, I liked to ask the question, “Who is your hero?” One child’s response, “Cops and firefighters because you keep us safe and drive cool cars.” While replaying each child’s response in my head, I realized that these children are the true heroes. Each experience I encountered has left a lasting impression in my life and a passion to help children. That’s what inspired me to create the Heroes Run.” 

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Heroes Run Sponsored by SAP, click here


Soiree Under the Stars raises $125,000


A record-breaking crowd of 450 guests enjoyed a night of inspiration and fun on Saturday, September 27 at Soiree Under the Stars, the annual gala of the VMC Foundation.  The event raised nearly $125,000 to support Santa Clara County’s public hospital system.

Hosted at the breath-taking home of Colin Fan and Rita Chen in Saratoga, guests enjoyed great food, wine and live music – all for a good cause.

Check out aerial footage of the event, courtesy of CreaTV San Jose.

Above “Soiree Under the Stars” from VMC Foundation on Vimeo.

To view all pictures from the event, click here.

To  view and purchase portraits from the event, please click here (registration required).

Join us for the Heart Walk, October 11

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has created a team (Team SCVMC – County of Santa Clara) to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley American Heart Association (AHA) Heart & Stroke 5K Walk.  Join us!

October 11 @ 8:30 am -12:00 pm
1 Technology Drive
Milpitas, CA

Event activities include a Kids Fun Run, Healthy Cooking Demo, Performance by the Idol Hands Band (comprised of all County employees) and a team T-shirt design contest.

Three ways to participate

1. REGISTER to participate in the walk directly with the AHA by using the “Register” link below.  If you choose to fundraise directly with AHA and raise over $20, you will receive a SCVMC T-shirt.

2. REGISTER to participate in the walk directly with the AHA by using the “Register” link below. Then, DONATE $20 to VMC Foundation and receive a SCVMC t-shirt courtesy of the VMC Foundation.  Use the “Donate” link below.

3. DONATE $20 to the VMC Foundation and receive a SCVMC T-shirt.  Use the “Donate” link below.

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Please email Benita McLarin, Team Leader.

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 www.heroesrunscc.org.

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