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Joseph Phelps Makes Major Gift to St. Helena Hospital


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Joseph Phelps Makes Major Gift to St. Helena Hospital

May 3, 2012, St. Helena, California

St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley is pleased to announce that Joseph Phelps, founder of the Napa Valley winery which bears his name, has presented a $1 million gift to the St. Helena Hospital’s capital campaign "Project Transform."

Mr. Phelps has been one of the most active supporters of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation for over 25 years. Motivated by his strong desire to ensure quality healthcare for his employees and their families, Phelps has donated to many of the hospital’s initiatives, including the 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.

"This is a signature and impressive gift to the hospital and Napa Valley," said Terry Newmyer, President/CEO of St. Helena Region of Adventist Health. "Joseph Phelps is a philanthropic role model. The Phelps Family legacy includes decades of generous giving that inspires excellence from our community. Our hospital is thankful for his friendship and commitment to helping us fulfill Project Transform on behalf of the next generation of families we will serve."

Project Transform is a bold plan for updating and expanding the hospital by 21 beds and remodeling facilities to support patient centered care with an eye toward innovation. The project was set in motion by the hospital leadership and made possible by our philanthropic partners in the community. These renovations will touch every patient room in the hospital with a focus on several key areas to include the new family birth center, and the expansion of the heart and vascular center, orthopedic wing, intensive care unit, and modernized sterilization equipment.

For Joe Phelps, supporting the hospital has long been a top priority. "The Napa Valley has been very good to us, and I want to do my part to bring top-notch care to our employees and the community," he said.

Phelps also lauded the many long time employees of this family owned firm by noting "it was their hard work that was responsible for the company’s success and this gift would not have been possible without them. "

 Joe Phelps was born on his parents’ farm in Missouri and moved to Colorado as a boy. Following college and service in the U.S. Navy, he joined his father in the construction business. The company they founded, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, grew dramatically and has long been a nationwide leader in construction management and educational internships. Inspired by his love of wine and the potential of the Napa Valley, he founded Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 1973 on a former cattle ranch outside St. Helena.

The winery has long been considered one of Napa Valley’s top producers and its flagship wine Insignia, produced annually since 1974, is considered a benchmark in Napa Valley winemaking.

"A generation of Napa Valley residents have benefitted from Mr. Phelps’ generosity," adds David Duncan, Chairman of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. "This is truly an incredible gift from an extraordinary community member which helps to improve our services for the next generation." 


About St. Helena Hospital:

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 for more information. 

 About Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded

Wine Spectator’s "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. For more information, please visit