Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation

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:

  • Cardiac - Upgrade and modernization of three cardiac 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 at Memorial. 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. Our existing cath labs will be updated and new, modern equipment will be installed. The upgrades will make it possible for Memorial physicians to perform 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. The total cost of the project is $22 million and the Foundation seeks to raise $6,000,000 of that total. Construction is slated to begin in late 2018 and will take approximately three 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 - St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care is committed to providing the highest level of care to their patients. Currently, our most urgent fundraising initiative is the acquisition of a second 3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography System. Breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. This new technology detects over 40% more invasive cancers than traditional mammography. Tomosynthesis reduces the need for call-backs and unnecessary biopsies, and is extremely helpful in detecting tumors in women with dense breast tissue. The first of two units has been purchased and already in use at 121 Sotoyome. A second system will be added as soon as funding is secured. The cost of the second 3-D mammography system is $375,000.
  • For information about any of these initiatives or ways of supporting them, please contact any of the Foundation staff.

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