The sign read “Sobrato Pavilion.” But the message was “progress.”
Eight years after the voters of Santa Clara County overwhelming approved the construction of a new, earthquake-safe hospital wing at VMC, the building is finally taking shape. And now, it has formally been dedicated for one of the valley’s best known and beloved philanthropists.
In 2012, John and Sue Sobrato made a then record-breaking gift to the VMC Foundation to support construction of the new facility. The $5 million donation was matched by additional contributions from the community, providing needed resources to help outfit the building with the best equipment, technology and patient-friendly amenities.
A crowd of 100, including Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Supervisor Mike Wasserman, join the Sobrato family for a special event to formally unveil the “Sobrato Pavilion” signage from a sign company on the exterior of the building.
“It’s a great day for VMC, and we would not be here without the generosity and support of the Sobrato family,” said VMC Foundation CEO Chris Wilder.
The 370,000 square foot facility will house a variety of services, including VMCs renowned physical rehabilitation center for patients with major spinal cord and brain injuries. Just as important, it will provide extra security in the event of a major earthquake.
Construction is set to be complete by summer 2017 and open to patients later that year. For the staff and patients at SCVMC, it can not come soon enough, making this small milestone a welcome bit of news.
For more information about the Sobrato Pavilion, click here, and check out the pictures from the November 22 event below.