Join us for “A Very Big Announcement,” June 24th at 1 p.m.

When we say a “very big announcement,” we really mean it.

Really big. Huge even. Go ahead and think of something big. Got that? Well it’s bigger than that.

Please join us on June 24th at 1pm in front of the Valley Specialty Center for a special event and press conference on the future of women and children’s care at VMC.

You won’t want to miss it.

June 24 @ 1 p.m.

VMC Rehab Center hosts major conference

rehab groupOver 80 nurses, therapists, case managers, and physicians from all over Northern California attended Santa Clara Valley Medical Centers’ (VMC) second annual Spinal Cord Injury Symposium on May 17. VMC has cared for patients with Spinal Cord Injury for over 40 Years. Dr. James Crew, Chief of VMC’s Spinal Cord Injury Service, discusses VMC’s mission of education, “Part of our mission is to educate our colleagues about best practices in SCI care. We have been lucky enough to develop multidisciplinary expertise in SCI management from the intensive care unit to inpatient rehabilitation and on to home. Our knowledge base continues to expand, as treatment strategies evolve for those with SCI. In the 1970s, the average length of stay on inpatient rehab was 100 days after SCI in the United States, now it is about 30 days. We are all trying to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, but trying to do so safely in order to allow patients and their families a smooth transition as they return home.”

VMC was able to fulfil that mission with yet another successful conference. Our attendees, visiting  from partnering hospitals such as Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Kaiser Vallejo, Kaiser Vacaville,  Natividad Medical Center and Regional Medical Center rated the conference highly. The conference grew in size from last year by 15%. Our Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Census increased by 18% after last years conference, and we will continue to track for this year. Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. injury lawyers help with legal aid when it comes to accidents and injuries.

VMC Rehab looks forward to continuing this tradition as we grow our conference, serving our mission to put patients first by disseminating education in best practices for Spinal Cord Injury care.

Join VMC’s Burn Center for a 5K!

Burn Center 5K Flyer

Join us in a 5K Run/Walk supporting our hospital’s fabulous Burn Center at Ed Levin County Park. Tickets are on sale now!

WHEN
Saturday, May 2, 2014,
Registration: 9:00am – 10:30am
Race starts: 11:00am
BBQ to follow

WHERE
Ed Levin County Park (at Sandy Wool Lake)
3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas, CA 95035-5439

REGISTRATION
$10 per child ages 2-9
$30 per adult adult and child ages 10 and over
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Join us for “Wilder on Wine,” April 23

Chris and ToddJoin the VMC Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder and his brother Todd Wilder, the founder and Chief Palate of Wilder on Wine for an evening of fun and amazing wines from their personal collections. This free event supports a great cause.

The bartenders’ tips will support the Valley Medical Center Foundation.   As a public hospital, VMC has a mission to provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 pmTodd and Chris

WHERE
The Silicon Valley Capital Club
Knight Ridder Building
50 W. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113

PARKING
Free parking after 5:30 p.m.

RSVP to Laura Kazanovicz at (408) 885-5299 via or email

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The State of the County, 2014

President Wasserman with me, dressed as an ear of corn for the opening of our Farmers Market last year. I mean me dressed as corn, not him.

President Wasserman with me, dressed as an ear of corn for the opening of our Farmers Market last year. I mean me dressed as corn, not him.

One of the less-obvious parts of our work at the VMC Foundation is our collaboration with Santa Clara County’s elected officials. It’s work that I very much enjoy, and I think it makes us a more successful non-profit; when we’re best supporting our public medical center, it’s as we support the leadership of the County at its highest level.

This is why I was excited to hear the priorities of our County’s new President, Mike Wasserman. He’s served on the Board of Supervisors since 2010 and as the incoming President, gave his “State of the County Address” on January 28.  On a personal note, he’s a fellow Los Gatoan and a great guy.

Here are a couple of highlights from his speech, and how they relate to the work of the VMC Foundation:

  • Combating homelessness. “Wealthy” Silicon Valley, sadly, continues to face this complex problem. President Wasserman has been an advocate for years of finding solutions, and made mention of the fact that it’s not just a matter of compassion; it’s also a taxpayer issue. “A chronically homeless person costs society $60,000 a year [in medical, law enforcement and related costs] while the solution [providing them a place to live] costs half that.” This is a bold political statement, yet we know it’s true. The VMC Foundation is helping by funding programs that reduce re-admission rates to VMC’s busy Emergency Department through social service and referrals. Hand in hand, homeless advocates like HomeFirst and Destination Home and Valley Medical Center are making it more possible to house the homeless and build lives.
  • Traffic Safe Communities. President Wasserman chairs the newly-formed Traffic Safe Communities Network in Santa Clara County, and I’m proud to be a new member. Working with valley leaders from many sectors—and led by our Public Health Department—we are working to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities while providing safer pedestrian/bike access to schools and work.
  • The Center for Leadership and Transformation. This is an initiative across county departments to examine ways the county provides services and improve upon them. Yes, all of them! Employee-led and executive-sponsored, the VMC Foundation is involved in Valley Medical Center’s efforts as we promote the CLT and collect/share best practices.

President Wasserman in known for having a “head for numbers and a heart for people”, and I feel strongly that his State of the County Address reflected that. I’m also confident that 2014 will be a year of moving forward for our county, the 16,000 people employed by it, and the two million people living in it.

Here’s the full text of President Wasserman’s address.

First annual Sheriff’s Heroes Run a HUGE success!

The Sheriff’s Heroes Run, the first annual Kids Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk benefiting VMC’s Pediatric Department, was a great success.  The VMC Foundation in partnership with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office raised nearly $20,000.00.

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

Heroes Run KFR

 

VMC Vendor Fair presented by the VMC Foundation

We are hosting Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s first annual Vendor Fair on Thursday February 6, 2014 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in San Jose, CA. This event is a fundraiser for the VMC Foundation that will bring together existing and new vendors with hospital staff to learn about the latest and greatest products and services.

To RSVP email Laura.Kazanovicz@hhs.sccgov.org or call (408) 282-2687.

 The VMC Foundation makes no endorsement, expressed or implied, of any vendors or their representatives. 

Vendor Fair Postcard

2013 Annual Gala in Pictures

Soiree Under the Stars, the 2013 VMC Foundation Annual Gala, was a terrific success.  And we have the pictures to prove it. Thanks to our hosts Kelleen and Steve Finn and all who attended.

A surprise visit to a VMC pediatric patient thanks to the Heroes Run

Joseph Supnet-Puerile, left, shakes hands as he says goodbye to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez during a surprise visit for Heroes Run at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Supnet-Puerile was involved in a car accident which killed two of his friends. At far right is Velasquez's coach Javier Mendez. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Joseph Supnet-Puerile, left, shakes hands with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez during a surprise visit for Heroes Run at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Supnet-Puerile was involved in a car accident which killed two of his friends. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — Joseph Supnet-Puerile has spent the past month fighting for his life and fighting to regain mobility after a devastating car crash that killed two of his friends and injured two others.

So it was fitting that a fighter was the one to buoy his spirits Wednesday. Cain Velasquez, who holds the heavyweight belt in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, appeared in his Valley Medical Center hospital room to pay him a visit.

The 15-year-old’s eyes lit up, and he was momentarily speechless when his idol walked in with gear to sign for him.

“It was crazy,” Joseph said.

The meet was made possible by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Jones and the San Jose-based American Kickboxing Academy, the training grounds for Velasquez and Jones’ brother Victor.

The kickboxing academy is a primary sponsor and supported by Sweet Lawyers for the Heroes Run, an inaugural charity 5K run to be held Nov 9. The run is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office and the Valley Medical Center foundation, with proceeds going toward upgrading the hospital’s pediatric department where Joseph received the bulk of his treatment. You can also visit the website for more information on injury and accident lawyers.

“These kids are the true heroes,” Jones said.

Beyond the autographed fighting gloves, shirts and action figure, the well wishers, which included Velasquez’s trainer Javier Mendez and fellow heavyweight fighter Daniel Cormier, also told Joseph he would be flying to Houston for a front-row view of the champion’s Oct. 19 rubber match with rival Junior dos Santos.

Lying in his hospital bed and showing the ability to move his legs still encased in casts and braces, Joseph was speechless.

“He cares about his fans,” the San Jose teen said of Velasquez. “It’s pretty amazing. Everything about it.”

Jones said he first met Joseph last week when he was touring the pediatric facility while helping plan the charity run. In trying to strike up a rapport with Joseph, Jones started listing possible interests they shared; they quickly settled on UFC fighting.

Joseph told Jones that he and his father, Tom Supnet, were originally fans of Brock Lesnar until Velasquez pummeled Lesnar in 2010 for a first-round victory and the title belt that Velasquez has since lost and regained in fights with dos Santos.

“Joey said he thought Cain was going to beat (Lesnar),” Supnet said. “We’ve been behind him ever since.”

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Velasquez, shadowed by a UFC camera crew shooting a special to air Oct. 9 to promote his title bout, said the visit helps him put the bright lights of his profession in perspective.

“They usually only see one side of us. We are people you can come up to,” Velasquez said. “It really touches your heart to help someone’s day out. He’s going to have this memory for a while.”

It was a welcome respite for Supnet and the rest of his family, who have been holding vigil over Joseph since the Aug. 10 crash that critically injured him. Just before midnight that Saturday, the teen and four other friends were riding in a car when the 19-year-old driver lost control and crashed into a tree on Chynoweth Avenue. The two front occupants, the driver and a 16-year-old boy, were killed.

Joseph and another friend were pinned underneath the car, with a rod impaling both their legs, Supnet said. A third surviving passenger suffered moderate injuries.

It sparked a harried night where Supnet learned through his children’s social media accounts that Joseph, who had been at a

Joseph Supnet-Puerile, left, shakes hands as he says goodbye to UFC fighter Daniel Cormier during a surprise visit for Heroes Run at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Supnet-Puerile was involved in a car accident which killed two of his friends. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

sleepover, was involved in the crash. He visited multiple hospitals before coming to Valley Medical Center.

 

“For two days, I thought he wasn’t going to make it,” Supnet said. “I’m so thankful he’s alive.

Joseph was set to leave the hospital Thursday. Supnet has the house ready, using his skills as a homebuilder to install wheelchair ramps.

Jones said wheelchair or not, Joseph will be a guest of honor at the Heroes Run, noting that his unexpectedly rapid recovery will serve as inspiration.

Lifted by meeting his hero, Joseph was in the mood for optimism.

“I’ll be running, hopefully.”

HEROES RUN

For more information about the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Heroes Run, to benefit the Valley Medical Center pediatrics department, go to www.heroesrunscc.org.

Concussions: When in doubt, sit ’em out!

Pop Warner CoachesI’ve never seen so many big, bald dudes in one room at the same time. Yes—these are my people.

But seriously… the event Sunday, July 21 was extremely important and the VMC Foundation is proud to have helped make it happen. 700 Pop Warner Football and Cheer coaches from around California assembled in San Jose to learn about spotting, preventing and treating concussions.

And they learned from our experts,  Valley Medical Center’s specialists:  Henry Huie, MD, Associate Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehab; Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, Director of the Rehab Research Center; Gaurav Abbi, MD,  Chief of Spine Service, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Kimberly Archie, CEO of the Cheer Safety Foundation. The theme of the day relates to ANY indication that a young athlete may have sustained a concussion on the field: When in doubt, sit ‘em out! (and then follow very specific protocols to assess and get treatment for an injury, of course).

You might be thinking: So how did a huge group of huge tough guys take hearing from brainiac doctors in suits? This, from Don Preble, President of Almaden Pop Warner and co-planner of the conference: “I can’t begin to tell you all just how spectacular this presentation was. Never in the 14 years I have been involved with Pop Warner have I seen 500 Football coaches sitting on the edge of their seats and listening with enthusiastic anticipation for the next piece of information.”

The coaches also heard from Chris Bauerle, a former patient of VMC’s Rehab Center. His own story of a life-threatening brain injury on the football field is frankly WAY more compelling. Chris is also a member of our peer support team at VMC, helping people with new injuries.  As if that weren’t enough star-power, we had Dan Garza, MD, team doctor for the 49’ers and Jon Butler, National President of Pop Warner who both flew out for the conference and supported the teachings.

The media was all over this event, as we’ve heard so much more lately about the tragic results of concussions leading to long-term disabilities—from the NFL on down. Of course, it’s not just football and cheerleading either, and we’re confident that this awareness will only grow.

If your employer blocks video, you can also see this great article from the Mercury News on the event. A huge thanks to Don, Laura, Stephanie, Henry, PRx and everyone who helped make young athletes safer.