Stanford Medical Center Development takes over fundraising for Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

The merger between Stanford Medicine and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare is complete now that fundraising operations are under one roof.

- By Eileen DiFranco

Stanford Medical Center Development will create fundraising programs to support Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare.
Courtesy of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

Six years after the initial merger of Stanford Medicine and ValleyCare, the process was completed when, on June 30, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation members approved the vote to merge their operations with Stanford Health Care – Valley Care.

The vote means that Stanford’s Office of Medical Center Development will assume responsibility for the development and philanthropic operations and activities in support of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare fundraising. The Office of Medical Center Development is responsible for all fundraising at Stanford Medicine, supporting research at the School of Medicine as well as clinical programs at Stanford Health Care.

“We are delighted to welcome ValleyCare Charitable Foundation into the Stanford Medicine fundraising family,” says David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “Just as the partnership between our two health care systems has enhanced the depth of services and expertise available to patients in the Tri-Valley area, this consolidation of our fundraising efforts enhances our ability to support outstanding clinical care and innovative research in this region more broadly.”

The 242-bed Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare community hospital has served the Tri-Valley region of Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys and the surrounding communities for nearly 60 years. It has a dedicated community of donors who value and support its mission.

The merger of ValleyCare and Stanford Health Care in 2015 was a strategic affiliation to acquire a regional health system and providers with deep roots in community-based medicine. It has proven to be a successful partnership, bringing together the expertise and excellence of East Bay physicians with the innovative strength of Stanford Health Care’s specialized programs.

Rick Shumway, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare president and CEO, says the merging of its fundraising operations with Stanford Medical Center Development will add significant resources to the community.

“Stanford Medical Center Development’s highly trained team of experienced fundraising professionals is exceptionally robust,” says Shumway. “This merger will bring additional support to our community around philanthropic and development activities for the hospital. It will help us raise even more money to bring vital programs and services to our region.”

Award-winning organizations

Over the past six years, both organizations have received numerous awards. Most recently, both Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare received excellent patient safety grades from the Leapfrog Group, a leading watchdog organization. Each hospital received an A grade for avoiding medical errors and other preventable harm from December 2020 to April 2021 — the months with their highest numbers of COVID-19 patients.

“Sustaining this high level of quality medical care and achieving even greater success in the future requires dedicated philanthropic support,” says John Sensiba, board chair of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and a managing partner at Sensiba San Filippo Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors. “We are grateful to all of our donors for supporting our efforts to deliver high-value, precision health care to the Tri-Valley region.”

ValleyCare has grown from a small community hospital in Livermore to a complex of health care facilities in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin. The ValleyCare Charitable Foundation was instrumental in funding the effort for SHC – ValleyCare to become a primary stroke center in 2019 and in providing ongoing support for modern equipment, technology and services.

“We are very proud of all that ValleyCare Charitable Foundation has accomplished over the years,” said Bob and Joyce Shapiro, chair and vice chair of the foundation board. “None of that would have been possible without community and donor support.”

With the merger, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation’s current fund balance will transition to Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, and dedicated fundraising programs will be developed by Stanford Medical Center Development to continue supporting Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare’s hospital priorities.

With a highly trained team of experienced fundraising professionals and partner teams dedicated to managing donor events, communications and stewardship, research, operations, and other functions critical to supporting successful fundraising operations, the Office of Medical Center Development consistently exceeds fundraising goals and leads in annual rankings of peer institutions.

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