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Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11:46 am

Sonoma Valley Hospital gets $1 million gift from Weill foundation

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    A rendering of the remodeled Sonoma Valley Hospital.

    SONOMA — Sonoma Valley Hospital received a $1 million gift from the Weill Family Foundation, nearly completing a fundraising effort by the hospital to support its new $46 million emergency wing.

    While the majority of the expansion is being covered by government obligation bonds totaling $35 million, the health care district that oversees operations at the 83-bed hospital is raising $11 million toward the project. With the $1 million gift, the capital campaign has now raised $10.4 million, officials said Thursday.

    “This is a tremendous boost for the community as we enter the final stretch of our campaign,” Gary Nelson, co-chair of the hospital’s Capital Campaign for Emergency Care, said in a statement. “We are now counting on the community to take us over the top in the weeks ahead and help us reach our $11 million goal. With broad support, we will have the new emergency and surgery centers paid for by the time we open the doors. The Weill gift, along with the gifts of many others, is indicative of the support from new arrivals to ‘old timers’ who understand the critical importance of the Sonoma Valley Hospital emergency room.”

    Sanford “Sandy” Weill, former CEO of Citigroup, and his wife, Joan, have a home in Sonoma. Mr. Weill was also a major backer of the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

    “We believe having a good local hospital is essential and we want to help Sonoma create a modern emergency center that will be an asset for the entire Sonoma Valley,” Mr. Weill said in a statement.

    The project will bring the hospital in line with California seismic standards. The hospital will formally introduce the new wing on Nov.16 with a day-long open house and celebration planned. The new emergency center is scheduled to begin receiving patients by mid-December.

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