CURRENT FUNDING PRIORITIES FOR SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation partners with community members,
patients, physicians and employees to raise funds to help Memorial Hospital
and Hospice Services meet the healthcare needs of our community. The desire
to make life better for all we serve motivates our team to seek your involvement
and support. For more than a quarter of a century, our generous donors
have funded countless improvements and enhancements to the care we provide.
Our generous community has contributed more than $80 million to support
the work of the hospital and our hospices.
Our fundraising plans for the future are bold. The funds raised will support
important projects that will improve the healthcare available to our entire
community. We are currently focused on the following:
Upgrade and modernization of three catheterization labs - Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in Sonoma County. As our
county ages, our volume of cardiac patients continues to increase. Eighty
percent of heart attack patients in Sonoma County are treated here at
Memorial. In order to provide our community with the best cardiac and
vascular care and remain the preeminent program north of San Francisco,
we are investing in three new catheterization labs and the replacement
of our two current end-of-life nuclear cameras. It is vital that our physicians
have the equipment they need to visualize and treat the heart and vascular
systems. One of the cath labs will be dedicated to Transcatheter Aortic
Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures. TAVR is a minimally invasive, alternative
treatment option for patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery.
It’s estimated that up to 70% of our patients may be eligible for
the procedure. TAVR is currently being performed at Memorial, and we will
remain the only hospital in the North Coast region where the procedure
is available. For more info on the procedure click
here. The total cost of the project is $20 million and the Foundation seeks
to raise $6.0 million of that total. Construction began in July 2019 and
will take approximately two and one-half years to complete.
Hospice House – St. Joseph Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs have longstanding
and acclaimed reputations for providing advanced and compassionate end-of-life
care throughout Sonoma County. We are now undertaking a new phase in end-of-life
care. Although the home setting is usually preferred for hospice care,
many individuals end up spending their last weeks or days in an institutional
environment, such as a hospital or nursing home – which is not what
any of us would want for our loved ones. It’s safe to say that if
the home setting is not an option, we would all want our loved one to
spend his or her last days in a home-like, safe, calm setting –
in other words, a Hospice House. Unfortunately, there is no Hospice House
located in Sonoma County or the North Coast region.
With the help of our community, Sonoma County will have its own Hospice House. The Foundation intends to raise a total of $12.3 million over the next
2-3 years. The Hospice House will be funded 100% by community support
and will be a true community resource.
Cancer – New TruBeam Linear Accelerator with HyperArc - We have the opportunity to make a major enhancement to our radiation oncology
program at our Round Barn Cancer Care Center. The TrueBeam delivers
higher-intensity doses more precisely, which means fewer and shorter treatments. A treatment regimen that currently takes six weeks will typicall take
only five days. Radiation doses can be designed to match the shape of
the tumor. The patient's breathing can be monitored during treatment
and the radiation adjusted for any movement of the tumor. This ensures
that the radiation always hits the tumor and healthy tissue is spared
from undesirable radiation.This important enhancement to our radiation
oncology program will provide superior treatment outcomes as well as an
improved experience to more patients - right here, close to home. The
cost of the new linear accelerator, including construction costs is $3.6 million.