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Weills contribute $1M to SVH

SANFORD “SANDY” WEILL AND JOAN WEILL’S family foundation contributed $1 million to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Capital Campaign for Emergency Care.

SANFORD “SANDY” WEILL AND JOAN WEILL’S family foundation contributed $1 million to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Capital Campaign for Emergency Care.

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Sonoma Valley Hospital is nearing the end of its $11 million capital campaign, which was bolstered this week thanks to a $1 million donation from the Weill Family Foundation.

The campaign will cover the cost of completing the hospital’s new emergency and surgical center, to be debuted in November.

“This is a tremendous boost for the community as we enter the final stretch of our campaign,” said Gary Nelson, co-chair of the hospital’s Capital Campaign for Emergency Care. “Sandy and Joan’s generous $1 million gift, along with other recent donations, brings the campaign total to $10.4 million. We are now counting on the community to take us over the top in the weeks ahead and help us reach our $11 million goal. With broad support, we will have the new emergency and surgery centers paid for by the time we open the doors.

“The Weill gift, along with the gifts of many others, is indicative of the support from new arrivals to ‘old timers’ who understand the critical importance of the Sonoma Valley Hospital emergency room.”

Sanford “Sandy” Weill, a well-known banker, financier and philanthropist, and his wife, Joan, have a home in Sonoma.

Sandy Weill added, “Joan and I love Sonoma and want to show our commitment to this great community, which has welcomed us so warmly. We believe having a good local hospital is essential and we want to help Sonoma create a modern emergency center that will be an asset for the entire Sonoma Valley.”

Sandy Weill is a former chief executive officer and chairman of Citigroup. He and Joan have been married for 58 years and have owned a home in Sonoma since 2010.

In 2011, their gift to Sonoma State University provided the funds to complete the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center concert hall.

Sandy Weill was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012; and he and Joan were recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award for their charitable work. Sandy Weill is also the chairman of the Board of Overseers at Weill Cornell Medical College.

The Sonoma Valley Hospital Capital Campaign for Emergency Care is raising funds to close the gap between the $35 million general obligation bond approved by Sonoma voters in 2008 to bring the hospital into compliance with state seismic standards, and the cost of the new construction and equipment to develop a state-of-the-art emergency and surgery centers to Sonoma.

The hospital will formally introduce the new wing to the community on Nov. 16 with a daylong open house and celebration. The new emergency center will begin receiving patients in mid-December.

For more information about the campaign, contact Harmony Plenty at 935-5070 or hplenty@svh.com.