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
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
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.
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
For information about any of these initiatives or ways of supporting them,
please contact any of the