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SHCL Hosts Second Interactive Community Dinner


Contact:  Joshua Cowan, St. Helena Hospital

 Phone:  967-7515 Email:


September 30, 2012, Clearlake, CA

On Sunday, September 30, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake hosted its second interactive community outreach event. Over a buffet dinner at Brassfield Winery in Clearlake Oaks, local physicians and hospital leaders held table discussions with community members, inviting them to share how the community views health and what the health care system can do to enhance their experience. Welcomed by Dr. Marc Shapiro, MD, approximately 80 people enjoyed a video featuring some of the recent innovations and improvements at the hospital, such as last month’s addition of five private rooms. 

The event concluded with a keynote presentation by Dr. John Hodgkin, MD, on Preservation of the Breath of Life.  Dr. Hodgkin, a Mayo Clinic-trained pulmonologist and critical care specialist, is well known in the community both for his skill and for his personal touch as a hospitalist at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake.

“This was an incredible opportunity to work together to build a mutual vision for health care in our community,” said David Santos, VP of Operations at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. “Our goal is to provide services that truly meet the community’s needs, and I can’t think of a better way to get the discussion going. I truly look forward to building on the foundation we started tonight.”

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake has many new additions to its campus and technology.  Recent updates have been made to the hospital’s common areas and exterior landscaping, and the addition of new technologies such as digital mammography and robotic telemedicine enhance access to specialty care in the community.  


About St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake: St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.