Spurred by the death of his wife following a horse-riding accident, a Napa entrepreneur is completing an $11 million donation — the largest in the hospital’s history — to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, hospital officials announced Wednesday.
Donations from a charitable foundation founded by Tim Herman will become a financial cornerstone for Queen of the Valley’s neuroscience center and a new operating room wing.
The last of three portions of the gift, a $5 million contribution, was accepted Oct. 2, according to Vanessa de Gier, spokeswoman for the Napa hospital.
“I’ve enjoyed helping raise money for the Queen,” Herman, a philanthropist and the retired co-founder of Delatech Inc., said Wednesday. “I have the capacity to give, so instead of waiting until I’m gone, I want to go ahead and help them out now.”
Funds from the Herman Family Foundation are being directed to the newly named Herman Family Pavilion, which is under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
The three-story, 72,000-square-foot center will house six “hybrid” operating rooms uniting surgical facilities, medical imaging and video monitors meant to allow quicker diagnosis and operations, while lessening the chance of complications.
“The ease of operations is better for the patient because there’s less movement of the patient, and doctors can see how the patient’s doing in real time,” de Gier said.
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