Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation

Current Funding Priorities for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation

2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation. Over the past quarter of a century, our generous donors have contributed more than $75 million which has funded countless improvements and enhancements to the care we provide to our community.

Our fundraising plans for the future are bold – and of course, for great causes that will improve the healthcare available to our entire community. We are currently focused on these important initiatives:

  • da Vinci Robot -The da Vinci robot is a surgical system that facilitates complex surgeries using a minimally invasive approach. Although the surgical system is referred to as a “robot”, it cannot act on its own; the entire surgery is orchestrated by the surgeon who sits at the control console next to the patient. A magnified vision system provides the surgeon with a 3-D, high-definition view inside the patient’s body. The surgeon performs surgery via the robotic arms that have extremely small instruments attached

    In a traditional “open” surgery, the incision must be large enough to allow the surgeon to insert his or her hand and instruments inside the patient’s body. However, the da Vinci robot enables the surgeon to control tiny instruments which enter the body on a device about the size of a pencil. This approach typically results in less blood loss, reduced pain, less post-operative medication and shorter recovery times and hospital stays than with traditional open surgery. The technology is often used on patients with more complex cases and higher risk factors

    The da Vinci robot has become a normal part of today’s medical training. Approximately 95% of today’s surgical fellows in urology, gynecology and colorectal surgery are being trained on the da Vinci. In addition, the robot is also widely used for many cardiac, thoracic, hernia, and ENT procedures.

    This equipment is a “must have” for Memorial to remain the center of healthcare excellence here in the North Bay. The total cost of the robot, including construction costs, auxiliary equipment and training modules is $4.4 million.

  • Cancer - Upgrading our linear accelerator and CT Simulator. We are upgrading an existing linear accelerator and purchasing a new CT Simulator. The upgrade to the linear accelerator will allow our physicians to treat cancerous tumors using Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), which offer patients fewer treatments and improved outcomes. The new CT Simulator will provide the improved detail of the tumor and surrounding tissue that is essential in devising the best treatment plan for each patient. The equipment allows precise measurement of a patient’s breathing and movement, which is incorporated into the treatment plan. This feature is especially important for the treatment of lung cancers. The total cost of the linear accelerator ugprade and the new CT Simulator is $1.4 million.

  • Cancer - Aquisition of Breast Surgery Suite Equipment. The Cancer Care Center’s breast surgeons require specialized surgical equipment to improve surgical outcomes and enhance their patients’ experiences. Currently, all breast surgery takes place in the hospital; the acquisition of the new equipment will allow breast surgery to take place at the Ambulatory Surgery Center and thus permit more than one surgeon to operate at a time. It will also improve the patient experience and improve outcomes. The total cost of the equipment is approximately $300,000 and includes five items that will dramatically improve the patient experience. Two of the more important pieces of equipment are a SAVI SCOUT and a BioVision Bioptic x-ray.

  • Cancer Survivorship Program –The Cancer Survivorship Program at St. Joseph Health offers support and guidance to cancer patients from the time of diagnosis, throughout active cancer treatment and may continue through the patient’s remaining lifetime. Cancer survivorship programs seek to address the unique physical and psychosocial issues that affect many cancer patients during and following treatment. These include anxiety and depression, fatigue, sexual dysfunction and fertility issues, the risk for recurrence and secondary malignancies and chemotherapy specific toxicities such as cardiomyopathy, peripheral neuropathy and bone marrow failure.

    The role of the patient navigator is crucial to our program. The navigator provides individualized assistance to patients, families and caretakers; they help patients overcome barriers to obtaining needed healthcare and psychosocial care by helping them with issues of communication, transportation, finances, disability, compliance and adherence to therapies.

    Funding is being sought to expand this program so that it is available to any patient who needs it by adding a nurse practitioner, a trained patient navigator, and scheduling software. The cost for three years is $370,000.

  • Cardiac - Upgrade and modernization of three catheterization labs. Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in Sonoma County. Our volume of cardiac patients continues to increase. In order to provide our community with the best cardiac care, it is vital that our physicians have the equipment they need to visualize and treat the heart and vascular system. All three existing cath labs will be updated and new, modern equipment installed. The total cost of the project is $18 million. The Foundation seeks to raise $3,000,000 of the total cost from private philanthropy. Construction is slated to start in late 2016 and will take approximately two years to complete.
  • For information about any of these initiatives or ways of supporting them, please contact any of the Foundation staff.

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