The First Day and the future of SCVMC, O’Connor and St. Louise.

Today is the first day of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center existing as a multi-hospital system. The first day of its kind in 160 years.

At 12:01am today, the County of Santa Clara began operating O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals, as well as the DePaul Health Center in Morgan Hill. This massively expands the scope and scale of health care delivery by the public safety net system our Foundation supports. 1025 licensed beds.  Over 170,000 emergency department visits.  7,700 total staff.

Our question: What does this mean for the future of the VMC Foundation? The quick answer is: “We don’t know just yet”. That’s because each foundation at O’Connor and St. Louise were not part of the county’s acquisition, and are therefore tied up in the bankruptcy proceedings. Each foundation has a board, but each board has little power at this point. Each hospital has a gift shop, but neither are currently operating. What will be left after the bankruptcy process? How will we integrate and begin supporting such a larger system? Again, we just don’t know yet.

So we felt it was important to focus first on what we DO know. That’s why, below, we have drafted a Statement of Principles that we feel should guide our efforts on this matter—and on most other matters, frankly.

Please read and if you wish, drop me line. This is such an important time period, such an opportunity. We thank you for your continued service to the VMC Foundation.

Yours In Community Service,

Chris Worrall, Board Chair
Chris Wilder, CEO

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

The joining of O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, the DePaul Health Center, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital & Clinics under a single umbrella represents a historic moment for our local healthcare delivery system.

For decades, these institutions have served this valley with a deeply held conviction that healthcare is a human right, and that language, class, race and income should never be determinants of good health.  Dedicated staff, volunteers and community leaders have worked tirelessly to build these hospitals into vital community assets.  Each has made a profound impact on the lives of thousands of Santa Clara County residents.

Action by the County of Santa Clara ensures that these vital invitations will continue serving this community for decades.  Each will still maintain their unique identities, but how we leverage our collective strength to forge a new, single foundation that advocates on behalf of the entire safety net will be where the greatest difference is made.

The role of philanthropy in supporting these efforts is potentially massive.  No other health system will do more to provide care to vulnerable populations in Santa Clara County.  The need for community support will be tremendous, and a new foundation structure must be in place to meet that need.  How that foundation structure evolves to incorporate all three hospitals and ultimately the broader community is the most pressing job facing us today.

The Valley Medical Center Foundation is an independent, 501c3 charity organization founded in 1988 to serve as the fundraising arm for Santa Clara County’s public, safety-net healthcare system.   Since that time, it has raised over $90 million in philanthropy, and $2.5 billion in public support for vital health programs and services.  The VMC Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in California to be accredited under the Standards for Excellence: Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.  Our vision is that one day, with philanthropic support from community, all people in Santa Clara County will have access to high-quality health services.

As we enter conversations with partner foundations on a new, unified structure, we are focused on these core principles to guide our work:

  1. Health care is a right: as a community, we should work collectively to reduce and eliminate all barriers to care
  2. Ethics: we must follow the highest ethical standards in all aspects of our work, from internal policies and procedures to how we treat and listen to each other
  3. Honoring the history: each hospital and affiliated foundation brings a unique history and culture that must guide our future actions. We will work to preserve the identity of each.
  4. Honoring donor intent: funds donated for a specific purpose must be preserved for that purpose, such that a merger does not cause a diversion of funds for unintended uses
  5. One team: through a collaborative process, we must develop a unified governing and administrative structure so all three hospitals can be served by a single Foundation aligned with County of Santa Clara policies and procedures

If done correctly, we can become the preeminent health care charity in Silicon Valley in terms of scope and impact.  It’s a challenge we embrace fully, and we look forward to sharing the journey with new partners and friends.

We have a policy on cultural humility. Here’s why.

The work of the Valley Medical Center Foundation directly supports an incredibly diverse patient population in Santa Clara County, and a health system dedicated to delivering care in that context.  This has lots of practical implications, like providing translation services or recruiting a workforce that reflects the local community. But it also means understanding how health disparities are directly linked to racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.

As such, the Board of Directors of the VMC Foundation implemented a Policy on Cultural Humility in 2018 to better align our work with the community we serve.  We did this for many reasons, including;

  • Culturally aware staff members are more successful at working with and building trust within multicultural communities.
  • Increasing cultural humility among the board, organizational leadership, staff, and volunteers can help employees and clients feel more comfortable and secure in the workplace.
  • Nonprofits with inclusive practices are often more successful at attracting and retaining high quality talent.
  • Nonprofit organizations work more successfully with partner organizations when they have strengths internally in cultural humility.
  • Ultimately, greater attention to inclusion and cultural humility will result in our organization being more effective in our work because we will benefit from and utilize a wide range of talent, input, and engagement in achieving our mission.

The full policy can be read here.

We aren’t the only organization doing this kind of work, and we hope others join in.  Please connect with us if you do.

VMC Foundation achieves highest certification for nonprofit ethics

Read full press release here.

SAN JOSE – The Valley Medical Center Foundation has become the only nonprofit charity organization in California to achieve the Standards for Excellence Institute® “Seal of Excellence”, the nation’s highest level of accreditation for nonprofit governance and ethics. The designation comes after a year-long process to test compliance with Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, with specific measures for honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability.

“The number one commodity we have is donor trust,” said VMC Foundation CEO Chris Wilder. “We felt the best way to honor that trust was to put ourselves to the test and see if we are worthy of it. And we just aced that test.”

The process to achieve the accreditation was exhaustive, involving the entire VMC Foundation Board of Directors and staff. And that is by design. The full scope of the organization was tested, well beyond the annual audit typical of most nonprofit organizations. To do so, the Standards for Excellence Institute® drew upon its cohort of 80 licensed consultants and 100 volunteer nonprofit professionals to review all aspects of the VMC Foundation’s governance and operations. That included an examination of financial policies, employment policies, strategic plan and code of ethics. It also measured how prepared the organization is for the unexpected, from a natural disaster to sudden departure of the CEO.

“This is about making sure that we have systems in place that will guide the organization no matter who works here,” said Wilder. “This is ultimately about protecting our donors’ money. Good intentions only go so far. We want to institutionalize systems and a culture that promotes transparency and integrity in all that we do.”

As part of the compliance process, over 25 new policies were drafted and approved by the VMC Foundation Board of Directors, with the application itself comprising 649 pages of content. The process touched on issues such as diversity, gender discrimination and racism that are roiling many American workplaces.

“I’m most proud of our new Cultural Humility Policy that address head-on our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Wilder. “That came out of this process, and we are a much stronger organization for it.”

Though the VMC Foundation is an independent agency, its mission is to serve as the fundraising arm of the County of Santa Clara Health System and its flagship public hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Those are public entities and subject to meticulous oversight. Wilder wanted the same for the VMC Foundation.

“Our work reflects on the County of Santa Clara and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center,” said Wilder. “We have to be held to a high standard.”

This achievement would not have been possible without the support of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, which worked directly with the Standards for Excellence Institute® to promote the accreditation program to Silicon Valley organizations.

“The Markkula Center reviewed programs nationwide before becoming a replication partner for the Standards for Excellence Institute,” said Joan Harrington, Assistant Director of Social Sector Ethics at the Markkula Center. “This is the most rigorous and meaningful certification program in the social sector. We are so pleased that the VMC Foundation stepped up as a leader in Silicon Valley.”

The Markkula Center is keen on seeing more organizations apply as a way to strengthen the local nonprofit sector, and to give potential donors a new tool to seek out philanthropy partners. Wilder hopes to support that effort.

“Volvo famously did not patent their seatbelt,” Wilder said. “I hope to share lessons learned with other organizations and help them apply, because we want to send a message to our donor community that the nonprofit sector in Silicon Valley is driven by the highest standards for ethics.”

About Valley Medical Center Foundation

The Valley Medical Center Foundation is an independent, community-driven 501c3 nonprofit organization founded to support Silicon Valley’s most vital public health institution – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals & Clinics. In partnership with SCVMC, the VMC Foundation raises philanthropic dollars to improve existing services, pioneer new models of care, and advance the cause of high quality healthcare for all. To learn more, visit www.vmcfoundation.org.

About Standards for Excellence Institute®

The Standards for Excellence® originated as a special initiative of Maryland Nonprofits in 1998 and has since expanded into a national program to help nonprofit organizations achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations. The program is offered by eleven state, regional and national affiliate organizations, and is supported by nearly 80 Licensed Consultants and over 100 volunteers with professional experience in nonprofit governance and administration. Since its inception, the program has accredited or recognized over 200 individual nonprofit organizations that completed a rigorous application and review process to demonstrate adherence to the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.

30 Years, 30 Good Things

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the VMC Foundation.  To celebrate, we spent the month of April (and a bit of March) sharing 30 of our favorite memories from the past 30 years on social media.  You can see the entire campaign in the slideshow below.  Enjoy!

 

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A new look for a new year

Since you’re reading this post, we probably don’t have to say the obvious: the VMC Foundation has just launched a new website alongside a new logo.   Planning started nearly a year ago, and on the way we engaged with dozens of champions and experts on how to best execute a new look.  We’re very pleased with the outcome, and hope you are too.   A few quick thoughts.

The logo

Our goal here is clear – we wanted a look that better reflected the hospital and health system that this foundation was created to serve.  The old, cursive logo was too often misunderstood by the general public, and had no obvious visual connection to SCVMC.  Yes, the Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization legally separate from the County of Santa Clara and SCVMC, but our mission, values and work are totally connected.  The new logo tells that story.  It was designed pro bono by Maricich Health, the folks that brought you the “Go Public” campaign.

The website

We worked with designer extraordinaire Annabel Mangold to bring you a sleek, contemporary site that adds lots of new functionality.  You’ll see a new section dedicated just for SCVMC and Health System staff so that they know best how the Foundation can support their work.   You’ll also see a listing of nearly all our programs and campaigns, and an overview of all the ways you can support the VMC Foundation.

The site photography is all original as well, shot at various SCVMC locations by Atlanta-based photojournalist Artem Nazarov.  It captures unique, intimate and otherwise visually compelling moments that convey the day-to-day magic of SCVMC.

We’re very proud of the new site and logo, just like we’re proud of the work we get to do each day.  Thanks for reading, and thank you for being a champion of our public healthcare system that serves everyone and anyone regardless of ability to pay.

Have feedback on the site?  Send us an email.

Get your name in the Sobrato Pavilion

Cutting-edge, environmentally friendly and aesthetically beautiful, the Sobrato Pavilion at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a marvel.   The new main hospital building will provide essential healthcare services to the entire region for generations to come.

Funded by the taxpayers of Santa Clara County, the construction of the Sobrato Pavilion was supported by an unprecedented community fundraising campaign that raised millions in additional dollars to help outfit the facility with technology, artwork and other patient friendly amenities.

Donors to this campaign have been recognized with a special donor wall in the main lobby, and with plaques dedicating specific rooms or spaces throughout the building.

Some choose to honor a colleague.  Others, a deceased loved one.  Many choose to list their own name as a show of devotion to the institution they care for deeply.

Now, we invite you to join them.

All SCVMC staff and members of the public are now able to donate to the Valley Medical Center Foundation and dedicate a space in the Sobrato Pavilion.   There are few better ways to show your own commitment to healthcare equality in Santa Clara County and to leave a legacy for future SCVMC staff and patients.

Our Largest Gala Yet!

Silicon Valley came dressed to the nines and full of spirit to celebrate the 2017 VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. It was an amazing evening and we are truly grateful to everyone who participated. This year was the largest year we have seen yet with a whopping 480 attendees. We also raised more than ever, with over $370,000 for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, ensuring that everyone in our community receives high-quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Truly, this was a magical evening. To view all the pictures from this year’s event, head to our Facebook page and check out our photo album!

The VMC Foundation has so many people to thank for making this year’s gala a success. A special thanks to our event partners, Parsley, Sage Rosemary, & Thyme, Photography By Busa, Modern Collective Dance Co., Nothing Bundt Cakes, Spotlight Entertainment, Black Olive Jazz, Vintage Wine Merchants, Citti’s Florist, Almaden Press, Method42, Burrell School Vineyards & Wine, Corinthian Ground Transportation Services and Hensley Event Rentals. We are also hugely grateful to our event committee for their tireless work compiling an amazing live and silent auction, which raised a record-breaking amount for VMC. And, of course, our deepest thanks to the many event and table sponsors, without whom our gala would not be possible!

If you weren’t able to join us this year for the VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, we hope to see you next year. And as always, thank you to our champions and supporters!

TOP TIER SPONSOR

PREMIERE SPONSORS

   

                        

SCVMC Medical Executive Committee

 

FEATURE SPONSORS

Hugh Stuart Charitable Trust

Karen von Holtz

TABLE SPONSORS

AbbVie Logitech/Jonathan Johnson
Asterias Biotherapeutics Dennis Low
Bristol-Myers Squibb Maricich Health
CareMeridian, LLC Joe Parisi
Centre for Neuro Skills Rehab Without Walls
Karen Dang Registered Nurses Professional Association
Charles Davidson Foundation Robert Lee & Associates
Marcelle Dougan Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Christina Egan – SCVMC Volunteer Services Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Elaine Elkin SCVMC OBGYN
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County SCVMC Newborn Medicine
Gardner Health Services SCVMC Physical Medicine & Rehab
Dolly Goel & Friends SCVMC Senior Leadership
The Health Trust John A. & Susan Sobrato
Heritage Bank Sorci Family Foundation
Hitachi Data Systems Toeniskoetter Family Foundation
HomeStreet Bank Turner Construction
Earl Johnson Union Bank
Learning Services Corporation

We also want to thank our event sponsors & gala committee!

Judy Cosgrove, Karen Dang, Elaine Elkin, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., George Kahwaty, Caryn Laird, Anita Lorenz, Karen Roberts, City of San Jose Councilmember Don Rocha, San Jose Water Company, Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund, Michelle Tipton-Burton, Kristine von Holtz, Chris Worrall

The Hero Squad

 

Are you a volunteer superhero? Are you a people person who loves to be social? Do you want to attend fun local events for free? If so, join the Hero Squad!
We’re a team of outgoing, fun individuals who like having fun as well as making a difference. We are looking to expand our Hero Squad with more like-minded individuals and hopefully you will be one of them!
Event Background:
The Heroes Run is a 5k, Fun Run, and Obstacle Course created in partnership by the VMC Foundation, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Clara County Fire Department. The Heroes Run raises funds on behalf of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and directly benefits children’s health services. This year marks the 5th year of the Heroes Run, and it’s expected to be the biggest one yet.
Volunteer Position Description:
The Hero Squad is a group of volunteers who are committed to the Heroes Run and its mission. Volunteers will be asked to attend monthly meetings where we discuss outreach strategies and opportunities to promote the Heroes Run. Small teams of Hero Squad members will lead initiatives to raise money and gain participants by attending local events and spreading the word. Other outreach strategies will also be implemented as discussed in monthly meetings. These can be as simple as putting flyers on cars, organizing radio ads, to even setting up booths at other runs to promote the Heroes Run. Know that we will ask you to wear a hero costume, or at minimum a Heroes Run t-shirt! (if you don’t have your own, we will provide one!)
Skills Desired:
· An outgoing personality and ability to engage with potential registrants.
· Ability to quickly learn about the Heroes Run in order to correctly answer questions.
· Available to attend some evening and weekend events.
Perks:
· 2 free Heroes Run registrations for you and a friend
· Paid entry for you and a friend to attend events where you are promoting the Heroes Run
· Snacks will be provided at monthly meetings
· Free Heroes Run swag
· Pride knowing that you are helping make Santa Clara County a better place by supporting our public hospital. The only hospital that accepts everyone regardless of ability to pay.
Commitment:
· August through November
· Attend Monthly Meetings
· Promote the Heroes Run twice a month at various events or in various forms
· Communicate efforts and results with the Heroes Run manager
Be a hero and join us!
If interested, email Ignacio at Ignacio.Vallejo@hhs.sccgov.org

The VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

Join us for the party of the year!

The VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is happening on September 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell.

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Experience a 1920’s Jazz Club inspired evening with music by Black Olive Jazz

Dazzle in 1920’s or black-tie attire

Savor the delectable cuisine of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

Taste great local artisan wines.

Bid on unique auctions items.

Dance the night away with DJ Haun Solo

Feel the love knowing that all proceeds go to the VMC Foundation, and benefit Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – the public health & hospital system of Silicon Valley

Our First Ever Scavenger Hunt!

Events & Adventures presents;
The VMC Foundation Scavenger Hunt

JOIN THE HUNT!
A creative and fun way to help raise funds for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC).

SCVMC is the largest and busiest hospital in the Silicon Valley region, and the only one that provides care to all, regardless of ability to pay. The VMC Foundation is the nonprofit organization that helps make it happen by raising donations from the community.

Come out and help us raise much needed dollars in a unique and creative way. All the while hanging out with friends and having a good time doing it.

Here’s the plan:
Prior to the event, you will create your team of 5. On Sunday, July 23rd we will meet at Rookies Sports Lodge Downtown, 99 S First St. San Jose at 1PM. With your team, we will go over the rules of the game, grab a pre-event cocktail and head out on a fun scavenger hunt! The hunt will last about 2 hours, and after we will reconvene for food, drinks, and prizes!

Now, what makes this scavenger hunt a unique volunteer opportunity is that all the participants will be fundraising while playing! The scavenger hunt has been created to earn points for items obtained. Every item secured in the scavenger hunt should be able to be used in the VMC Foundation’s silent auction. We will provide all the tools needed to procure items from local vendors such as gift cards, hotel stays, and priceless opportunities! Of course, we will also have fun challenges and questions along the way to score some extra points!

The team that finishes with the most points will get an awesome prize sponsored by Logitech! Drinks and snacks will be provided at the end of the hunt while the scores are being tallied.

A few things that will be helpful to bring:
– A car with a full tank (yes, you will have the option to travel during the hunt – it’s not necessary, but might just give you that extra edge. Just make sure you have room for your teammates!)
– A fully charged smart phone (trust me, you will want it – lots of points will be earned by using your phone!)
– A GPS unit
– A pen & notepad
– Running shoes (this is a competition!)

Start creating your teams now & don’t miss this fun event!