December 2018:
Update from AHSH President Steven Herber, MD

During this giving season, do you ever wonder if your gift makes a difference? As the President of Adventist Health St. Helena (AHSH), I want to personally tell you that your gift matters. Every donation you make improves someone’s health, gives someone hope—and even saves someone’s life. I’m so grateful to share some of the recent impact of your support.

An “A” for quality: AHSH receives an “A” from The Leapfrog Group

This fall, AHSH received an “A” from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that assigns A through F grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. There is no greater gift than that of an exceptional healthcare team committed to high quality, whole person care. This “A” rating validates the excellence of our hospital—and you make that extraordinary care possible.

Smart Hospital: Improving patient experience through advanced technology

This month, AHSH is implementing the 14th—and final—Smart Room technology. In 2015, AHSH was one of the first hospitals in the Adventist Health network to begin to adopt revolutionary Smart Room technologies, which help staff work more effectively, improving patient outcomes and experience. This final technology, Capacity Management, presents data from multiple workflows on a single visual dashboard, enabling staff to place patients in optimal rooms quickly and support their needs efficiently.

Expanding access to healthcare for upper Napa Valley residents

As you may have read in my past emails, AHSH and St. Helena Hospital Foundation are increasing efforts to improve the health and well-being of residents in the upper Napa Valley.

Dare to C.A.R.E. about heart and vascular health

Since October 2018, our Dare to C.A.R.E. program has offered free vascular screenings in Calistoga twice a month for any person over age 60 as well as patients with certain risk factors. Through a painless, non-invasive ultrasound, approximately 15 Calistoga-area residents a month are screened for abnormalities that cause carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, renal artery stenosis and extremity artery disease. Screening information can be used for treatment that can prevent the development of serious conditions, such as vascular ulcers or stroke. Since July 2018, the program has screened more than 160 patients combined in its Clearlake and Calistoga locations. For more information, please visit our website or call 800-529-9018.

Partnering with nonprofits to expand health and wellness services for older adults

St. Helena Hospital Foundation is partnering with Mentis, UpValley Family Centers, Rianda House and Collabria Care to expand health and wellness services for older adults in the upper Napa Valley. The investment in Mentis will help support their Healthy Minds-Healthy Aging program for adults over 60 who show early signs of depression, anxiety or memory impairment. UpValley Family Centers will hire a senior outreach specialist to engage and educate older adults, provide training for in-home caregivers and seed a critical needs fund for seniors facing one-time emergencies. And through our support, Rianda House and Collabria Care will expand their collaboration to offer Tai Chi classes, as well as programming to address brain fitness, Parkinson’s Disease, caregiver support and memory screenings.

We’re enormously proud of the work we’re doing both in our hospital and in our community. And, as you can see, your gift truly makes a difference. Each December, I reflect on the impact AHSH has made on our community and beyond. And each year, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness of supporters like you who make extraordinary healthcare possible. Thank you.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season filled with health and hope.

My warmest regards,

Steven Herber, MD, President
Adventist Health St. Helena
Adventist Health Vallejo


Through a partnership with St. Helena Hospital Foundation, UpValley Family Centers will hire a senior outreach specialist to engage and educate older adults, provide training for in-home caregivers and seed a critical needs fund for seniors facing one-time emergencies. Pictured from left are: UpValley Family Centers Program Manager Lupe Maldonado and Director Indira López, St. Helena Hospital Foundation President & CEO Susan Dix Lyons and UpValley Family Centers Executive Director Jenny 
Ocón.