VHC Sunnyvale expands services thanks to grant funding from El Camino Healthcare District

VHC SunnyvaleValley Health Center Sunnyvale is one of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s ambulatory clinics providing care to underserved children and adults living in North County. Services include integrated primary care, dental services, comprehensive perinatal services, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and a pediatric healthy lifestyle center to help children combat obesity and related conditions. Lab and pharmacy are also centrally located for ease of patient access.

This year, thanks to a generous grant from El Camino Healthcare District, VHC Sunnyvale expanded its express care services to increase access, and continued to provide full-service dental care including an evening dental clinic. Funding from ECHD made it possible for VHC Sunnyvale to provide over 4,000 visits to 2,000 patients.

A VHC Sunnyvale patient shared, “At last, I am so very happy to have a dentist who cares about my well-being in regard to my dental health. The service from all the staff has been excellent.”

El Camino Healthcare District has been a long-time supporter of VHC Sunnyvale. Since 2008, over $8.7M in grant funding has been provided to improve and expand healthcare services for North County residents. Due to the success of the partnership, the ECHD board recently voted to award an additional $968,000 to VHC Sunnyvale to continue expanded services in the express care and dental clinics in 2016-17.

Read more about El Camino Healthcare District’s funding priorities for 2016-17 in their Community Benefit Plan.

VMC staff raises $2,000 to help end sexual assault

Members of VMC’s team: Matt Gerrior, Tau Gaoteote, Chris Wilder, Jerry Wright, Gilbert Gutierrez, Steven Hernandez, James Crew, Paul Lorenz, and Erick Bourassa.

On Wednesday, June 22, a team of male VMC staff participated in the YWCA’s 14th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundrasier at Santana Row. The event, in which men walk a mile in high-heeled shoes, is a lighthearted way to increase awareness about the very serious issue of violence against women.

From the YWCA: “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes may look like a stunt with men racing in heels, but it’s actually a statement about men’s roles in ending violence against women and drawing attention to the issue that is connected to strict gender roles and expectations of men.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has become an international event that engages men in raising awareness and funds to stop sexual assault and domestic violence. Funds raised from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes make it possible for YWCA Silicon Valley to provide critical response, intervention, and comprehensive support services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The VMC team, led by Jerry Wright, raised $2,000 toward the $68,000 total raised by all participants this year. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in this important community event!

Our new Annual Report is here!

I’m proud and pleased to share our just-finished Annual Report with you! The report details the VMC Foundation’s work in calendar year 2015 and includes our audited financial statements.

More importantly, you can “meet” some of our generous donors, learn about our programmatic work, and see the real impact of philanthropy on the health of Silicon Valley. Just click here to see the report….it looks great in full-screen mode.

Odds are, if you’re reading this, you arannual report 2015e a donor, a member of the team at Valley Medical Center, or both. That means we couldn’t have done any of this without you. Thank you.

Join us this Saturday in celebration of the Downtown Health Center

downtown clinic exteriorAt Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), we strive to make high quality healthcare readily
accessible to all residents of Santa Clara County. This week, we take one more step to improving access to care with the grand opening of Valley Health Ce
nter Downtown on Saturday, June 11th from 9 AM – noon. SCVMC’s beautiful new health center is located on 777 East Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose.

Many activities are planned to celebrate this opening on Saturday morning.

  • Local firefighters will serve a delicious free pancake breakfast to attendees.
  • Tours of the facility will be available throughout the morning.
  • Elected officials and other guest speakers will be attendance to warmly welcome the

Community to our spacious state-of-the-art healthcare facility.

  • We will have over 20 booths with information, games, and other activities for children and families.
  • The Santa Clara County Sheriff s office will present one of their fascinating search and rescue boats.
  • Guests can participate in a chance to win a free prize.

Our dedicated care team will provide a variety of services, including, but not limited to Urgent Care (open 7 days per week from 8 AM – 10 PM), Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, select Specialty Care, and Behavioral Health. We will also offer onsite pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology services. Urgent care, and supporting ancillary services will officially open on Monday, June 13th.  All other services will be rolled out beginning in late June.

Valley Health Center Downtown has the capacity to serve as a Medical Home for over 30,000 individuals, providing quality and accessible care as part of a fully integrated and comprehensive health care system.

For many years SCVMC has worked to foster close collaboration with our local community, community health partners and advocates, elected officials and the Measure A Oversight Committee to support and guide the creation of this new community asset in the heart of downtown San Jose.

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.

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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.

Announcing the 2016 Physicians & Philanthropy Award Winners!

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Physicians & Philanthropy Awards: Dr. Timothy Ong, Dr. Antonia Charles, and Dr. Richard Silberstein (L-R).

Each year, the VMC Foundation honors three of our physician partners with the Robert Violante Physician Leadership Award. The award is named for VMC Foundation founding board member, Dr. Robert Violante, to celebrate the dedication, partnership, and unique contributions of physicians who keep the VMC Foundation strong and growing.

This year, we were proud to recognize Dr. Tim Ong for his dedication to VMC’s Residency Program, which has inspired a number of charitable gifts to the Jensen Medical Residency Education Fund housed at the VMC Foundation. Dr. Antonia Charles was honored for her past service as a VMC Foundation board member, her founding of the Reach Out and Read program at VMC and associated fundraising to the tune of $1.3M, and for her leadership in helping the VMC Foundation design and launch its employee giving program. Dr. Silberstein was celebrated for his long-term support of the VMC Foundation as a champion within VMC and the community, his consistent attendance at Foundation events, and for his significant personal contributions to the Foundation over the past decade.

Read more about the awards in a great Mercury News piece by Sal Pizarro here.

Congratulations once again to Tim, Antonia, and Rich!

VMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Honored with the Wirtschafter Quality Improvement Award

NICU staffThe California Association of Neonatologists recognized the excellent “Quality Improvement” work of the VMC NICU staff in boosting outcomes for preterm babies through enhanced breastfeeding practices, advanced breast milk nutrient analysis, home healthcare visits to help families transition from the hospital setting, and delayed umbilical cord clamping during delivery, resulting in lower rates of intraventricular hemorrhage, intubation, and transfusion.

The VMC Foundation is proud to support the NICU by providing donations that fund new equipment purchases and staff training for these innovative therapies. Donors include FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, the Will Rogers Institute, and many generous individuals.

Read more about how charitable donations are being put to good use at VMC in our Spring Impact Report.

Announcing NEW Donor Gift Clubs!

Join TodayThe VMC Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our annual donor gift clubs: the Friends of VMC and the Leadership Circle.

Annual gift clubs are a way for us to express our gratitude to our many generous and loyal donors with additional recognition and engagement opportunities. Donors who give at least $100 in a calendar year are welcomed at the Friends level. Those who give $1,000 or more per year are welcomed into the Leadership Circle.

Read more about the giving levels and associated benefits on our Gift Clubs page.

Donors to the VMC Foundation support the crucial work of Valley Medical Center, enabling the purchase of vital equipment and supporting initiatives that improve healthcare for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We rely on the members of our donor gift clubs to continue this important work. Now we can offer recognition and engagement that honors the generosity of our donor community. We thank you!

Support the VMC Foundation on Giving Tuesday

December 1st is Giving Tuesday, a national day of selfless generosity around the annual shopping and spending season… and we’re asking for your support.

 

For today only – VMC Foundation CEO Chris Wilder has teamed up with one of our generous donors, Dave Culler, to MATCH ALL DONATIONS received by the VMC Foundation up to $5,000. Can you help us reach our goal?

>> Click here to make a secure donation

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Dave Culler is senior financial consultant with Pacific Advisors and an overall awesome guy! For over 30 years, Dave has helped clients grow and protect their wealth while integrating charitable planned giving strategies in support of organizations like the VMC Foundation. We are so grateful for his partnership.

 Please take a moment to show your support for the life-saving care provided by Valley Medical Center, home to San Jose’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. This is a service any of us could rely on in case of a serious accident, regardless of where you typically receive your healthcare.

>> Click here to make a secure donation

Giving Tuesday is a great way to balance the consumerism marked by Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday season. Please join us by making a gift to the VMC Foundation today, and have it doubled.

 

 


UPDATE: What an exciting day! We reached our initial goal of raising $5,000 by 12:00pm and claimed the full match offered by Dave Culler and Chris Wilder.

Chris and ElaineWith several hours left for ‪Giving Tuesday, another donor has offered a NEW $5,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE!! Thank you to VMC Foundation board member Elaine Elkin! If you haven’t gotten around to making a donation yet today, please do it now and have your donation doubled by this matching gift.

>> Click here to make a secure donation