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A Year in Review From ValleyCare Charitable Foundation

For Immediate Release July 19, 2019 

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation (VCCF) members and donors received an exciting update from VCCF and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare (SHC – VC) during the recent VCCF Annual Meeting. The event, held at LifeStyleRx in Livermore, brought together VCCF members, donors, sponsors, Board members, physicians, and Hospital Administration to celebrate the work being done by all to provide world-class care to the Tri-Valley community, close to home.

Guests were provided a review of Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) and a look to the future. The evening included updates from the VCCF Board of Trustees Chair, Bob Shapiro, and VCCF Executive Director Shaké Sulikyan, as well as the announcement that Gina Teeples and Joe Carlucci were re-elected to the VCCF Board of Trustees for their third and final three-year terms.

The highlights of the 2019 Annual Meeting were a presentation by Rick Shumway, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare’s CEO and President; an update on the SHC – VC Stroke Program by Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan and Sulikyan; and recognition of the President’s Society Corporate Partners.

Shumway has been on the job for a little over two months. During the meeting, he made key observations about the state of health care and SHC – VC’s distinct position to impact our community. “There is no doubt that the healthcare environment is dynamic, changing, challenging, and sometimes quite uncertain,” Shumway said. “In my opinion, we are uniquely positioned to move into a new era of healthcare delivery and become the finest community-based, academically affiliated health system in the nation. While this upcoming journey will certainly require hard work, commitment, flexibility, change, and innovative thinking, I am highly encouraged that we truly have all the parts in place that we need to be successful. Our community deserves this, and I’m excited about what Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare can offer.”

Shumway noted that SHC – VC is an important part of, and backed by, a world-class academic health system. The continued integration with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Medicine provides distinct advantages to our community. Since the affiliation in 2015, there have been many efforts and investments made in the people, facilities, and programs at SHC – VC. Stanford is committed to continuing those investments and will be working with Shumway and SHC – VC leadership to develop a strategic and operational plan that will include items such as an overarching clinical program growth and development strategy in order to achieve superior outcomes for patients in quality, cost, and experience.

In partnership with Stanford, SHC – VC is developing top-notch programs right here in the Tri-Valley, including a state-of-the-art stroke program, colorectal surgery program, advanced endocrine surgery program, an orthopedic surgery clinic, and a pain management program, just to name a few. Stanford Clinical Professors and spine surgeons Dr. Michael Tseng and Dr. John Kleimeyer will be joining the medical staff to provide the growing Tri-Valley area with comprehensive care and treatment for a range of spine injuries and conditions.

Also at the top of Shumway’s observations was the community’s investment and pride in their local Hospital, SHC – VC. He was amazed to learn that the community went door-to-door over 60 years ago to raise funds to build the original Hospital. He has come to appreciate that the community continues to support the Hospital today through VCCF.

“In a changing healthcare landscape, with ever-shrinking reimbursement rates from government payers (such as Medicare and Medical) and insurance companies and rising costs for delivering care, healthcare organizations are more reliant than ever on private donations in funding state-of-the-art technology and services in order to meet the needs of their communities and patients,” says Sulikyan.  “Our Hospital is no exception. That’s what makes contributions from the community and sponsors so vital to the health of our community. We are incredibly thankful to our donors, sponsors, and volunteers for their selfless commitment to our local Hospital. We couldn’t do it without them!”

In the summer of 2018, VCCF set out on an ambitious mission to raise $1 million to fund the launch of a stroke program at SHC – VC. “Thanks to the generous outright gift and matching funds from Joan and Lynn Seppala, we were able to raise over $650,000 in less than 6 months, an unprecedented amount,” says Sulikyan.  During the Annual Meeting Sulikyan and Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan, Medical Director of Neurology and Stroke Program, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, provided an update about the fundraising Campaign and the work that has been accomplished thus far in creating a robust stroke program at the Hospital.

“Thanks to the generous support from VCCF and the community, we have accomplished a great deal in the past year,” said Krishnamohan. “The funds raised are already dramatically improving outcomes for stroke patients in your community.” Donations helped fund new cutting-edge technology, institute new protocols, train SHC – VC staff, and hire new staff. The chart below outlines the milestones and accomplishments made possible through VCCF’s Campaign.

“The community’s support remains critical as SHC – VC continues to pursue certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Equipment and training that will greatly improve stroke patients’ recoveries are still needed,” said Sulikyan. “We are working diligently to close the funding gap to ensure that stroke patients and their loved ones have not only the emergency and acute care they need during the golden hour following a stroke, but also the post-discharge state-of-the-art rehabilitation tools and support services necessary to improve recovery and long-term outcomes.”

Following the update on the Stroke Program, Shumway, Shapiro, and Sulikyan recognized members of the President’s Society Corporate Partners program. With an annual commitment of $10,000 or more during Fiscal Year 2019, these eight companies have supported a wide variety of important initiatives at SHC – VC, helping to meet the growing needs of the Tri-Valley communities. On behalf of the patients who have benefited from their support, VCCF and SHC – VC leaders thanked Diamond Sponsor Amity Home Health Care, Inc.; Ruby Sponsors Heritage Bank of Commerce, Pleasanton Emergency Medical Group, and Safeway Foundation; Topaz Sponsor Callahan Property Company Inc.; and Pearl Sponsors American Hospice and Home Health Care, California Engineering, and Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The evening concluded with a lovely reception catered by Valley Catering, providing guests ample opportunity to mix and mingle with each other as well as VCCF’s and the Hospital’s leadership and staff.

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation (VCCF) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the health and betterment of the Tri-Valley through our ongoing funding of our community Hospital, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare (SHC – VC) and its innovative medical programs. Forward-thinking and community-driven, we help ensure that you and your loved ones have access to world-class medical care and lifesaving services and technology. To learn more about VCCF and the impact of donations at SHC – VC or to make a donation to support the world-class medical care and programs at the local Hospital, visit givevalleycare.org or call 925-373-4560.

Contact Information:

Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director

Phone: (925) 373-4560

Email: vccharitable@stanfordhealthcare.org 

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Rick Shumway, CEO and President, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, presenting during VCCF’s Annual Meeting at LifeStyleRx. Photo by Dave Cowan.

Rick Shumway, CEO and President, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, presenting during VCCF’s Annual Meeting at LifeStyleRx. Photo by Shaké Sulikyan.

Topaz Sponsor Callahan Property Company Inc. recognized for being part of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation’s President’s Society Corporate Partners program during Fiscal Year 2019. Picture from left to right: Rick Shumway, CEO and President, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Debbie Clausen, CFO, Callahan Property Company; Bob Shapiro, Board of Trustees Chair, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation; and Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. Photo by Dave Cowan.

Ruby Sponsor Pleasanton Emergency Medical Group recognized for being part of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation’s President’s Society Corporate Partners program during Fiscal Year 2019. Picture from left to right: Dr. Edward Kan, Managing Partner, Pleasanton Emergency Medical  Group; Dr. Cynthia Penn-Duecker, Medical Director Emergency Services, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Pleasanton Emergency Medical Group physician; Rick Shumway, CEO and President, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Bob Shapiro, Board of Trustees Chair, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation; and Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. Photo by Dave Cowan.

Ruby Sponsor Safeway Foundation recognized for being part of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation’s President’s Society Corporate Partners program during Fiscal Year 2019. Picture from left to right: Rick Shumway, CEO and President, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Wendy Gutshall, Director, Public and Government Affairs, Safeway – Norther California Division; Bob Shapiro, Board of Trustees Chair, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation; and Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. Photo by Dave Cowan.

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