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St. Helena Hospital Honors Major Gift by Joseph Phelps

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St. Helena Hospital Honors Major Gift by Joseph Phelps


August 1, 2012, St. Helena, California

Yesterday, St. Helena Hospital dedicated the Joseph Phelps Foyer in honor of the local vintner whose gift of $1M to the “Project Transform” campaign will help fund ongoing improvements and innovations throughout the hospital.

A man well known for his caring and generosity, Joseph Phelps has been one of the hospital’s strongest supporters for over 25 years, contributing to many campaigns throughout that span. Motivated initially by a desire to ensure that his employees and their families had access to the best care, Phelps quickly came to realize the unique opportunity to make a real difference to the community at large. In addition to Project Transform, his donations have supported many of the hospitals initiatives, including the comprehensive-care St. Helena Women’s Center and the hospital’s helipad.  He also made an earlier gift of $1 million to the Foundation’s capital campaign, Caring for the Future. 

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to express our thanks for the extraordinary support Joe Phelps has given this community,” says Terry Newmyer, President/CEO of St. Helena Region of Adventist Health.

Held in the hospital’s main lobby at 10 Woodland Road, the dedication ceremony was conducted by Steve Lundin, St. Helena Hospital’s Chief Development Officer. Terry Newmyer provided an overview of the critical role community philanthropy plays in the hospital’s ability to meet the needs of the community, followed by remarks by Bill Phelps, son of Joe Phelps and President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. David Duncan, Chairman of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, summarized the plans and progress of Project Transform. The capital campaign is updating the hospital with improvements and innovations that will affect every patient room, and additional focus on several key areas including the new family birth center, the heart and vascular center, orthopedic wing, and intensive care unit.

“A generation of Napa Valley residents have benefitted from Mr. Phelps’ generosity,” says Duncan. “With this gift, another generation will benefit as well.”

About St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley: is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the health values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 18 acute care hospitals, more than 135 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.sthelenahospitals.org for more information.