The two-decade, epic effort to upgrade Sonoma Valley Hospital, making it seismically safe, technologically up-to-date, fiscally secure and efficiently managed came to a celebratory close Saturday with a program of speakers, music, barbeque, cake and Champagne.
On hand to celebrate the successful conclusion of an $11 million capital campaign to outfit the $35 million hospital renovation, were Rep. Mike Thompson, D- St. Helena; 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin; Sonoma Mayor Ken Brown; Bill Boreum, chair of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board of directors; hospital CEO Kelly Mather and Chief Medical Officer Robbie Cohen.
Thompson, who revealed that he was born in the community hospital in St. Helena, observed that, “If you’re going to be sick, you may as well be sick in a hospital in your own community.”
And he praised the way the members of “this community came together and worked through their differences” to rebuild the hospital.
Boerum called the hospital renovation effort “a tortured path, a tale which defies fiction,” adding, “Fortunately, the community’s politics finally found its way to what the community could pay.”