Sonoma Valley Hospital is nearing completion, both on its state-of-the-art emergency room and surgical center, and in its $11-million capital campaign to finish funding the new wing.
Set to open in November, the new west wing will house emergency services on the ground floor, with an expanded surgical center on the second floor. While the bulk of construction was covered by the $35-million general obligation bond Valley voters passed in 2008, another $11 million was required to purchase the medical equipment and other costs the bond funds didn’t cover. The hospital launched an $11-million capital campaign to bridge the financial gap, which has reached $8.9 million in donations, including a recently fulfilled, $2 million matching challenge grant from Les and Judy Vadasz.
Following the generosity of the Vadaszes, last week Sonoma residents Arline and Buddy Pepp posed their own challenge grant when they agreed to match any donation, up to $250,000.
“Arline and I are thrilled that Sonoma Valley Hospital will have a state-of-the-art emergency care and surgery center,” said Buddy Pepp. “The residents of Sonoma are unbelievably generous. We are pleased to help as we enter the final phase of the fundraising for the new facility. I’m confident that the fantastic addition will attract superior medical professionals and will be one of the magnets that will insure that Sonoma remains one of the finest places to live in the country.”
Those interested in contributing can contact Harmony Plenty, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, at 935-5070 or email@example.com.