St. Helena, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2009
St. Helena resident Mabel Johnson and her late husband Wayne have made an $8 million gift to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. The Johnsons' gift, an irrevocable trust to benefit St. Helena Hospital, represents the largest charitable contribution in the hospital's history.
"My late husband Wayne and I cherish this community, which has been home for more than 80 years," said Mabel, a volunteer at the hospital since 1996. "There are not many organizations that can benefit everyone, but St. Helena Hospital is one that can. Providing this gift was an ideal choice for us because the hospital is so central to the lives of so many residents."
"Having an excellent hospital is a huge advantage not only for our local community but for the whole region as well," Mabel said. "Without the best technology, you cannot attract the best doctors, and you can't have a great hospital without great doctors."
The Johnsons' commitment to the community is to help maintain the most advanced technology at St. Helena Hospital through the future purchase of new medical equipment and information technology, said Elaine John, president/CEO of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.
"Mabel and Wayne's extraordinary gift will help ensure that patients and families continue to experience the high quality health care rarely seen in a community of our size," John said. "We owe them a great deal for their vision, planning and articulate giving."
In recognition of their generosity, the hospital is naming its newest building the Johnson Pavilion. The 24,000-square-foot structure, which will be completed this fall, will house the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center and the Pavilion Surgery Center.
"We are overwhelmed and forever grateful," said Terry Newmyer, president/CEO, St. Helena Hospital. "The Johnsons' exceptional generosity will benefit our community for many years to come. Their spirit of community involvement is a model for us all."
Mabel and Wayne were married in 1942, soon after graduating from St. Helena High School. Both retired from long careers with the local PG&E office. Wayne died in 2001. Mabel has logged more than 3,500 hours at St. Helena Hospital. She currently manages the hospital's Volunteer Project Center.
St. Helena Hospital serves Napa, Lake, Solano, Sonoma and Mendocino counties with cardiovascular, orthopedic, emergency, surgical and behavioral health care. The hospital was established in 1878 and today is widely recognized as one of the best heart and vascular centers in the North Bay. St. Helena Hospital is opening a 24,000-square-foot cancer center and surgery pavilion in fall 2009, funded by $26 million in community contributions. Last year, the hospital performed over 90,000 outpatient procedures and cared for 5,500 inpatients. For more information, visit http://www.sthelenahospital.org.