ST. HELENA -- St. Helena Hospital today announced that Joseph Phelps, founder of the Napa Valley winery that bears his name, donated $1 million to a hospital capital campaign called Project Transform.

Mr. Phelps has been one of the most active supporters of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation for over 25 years, according to the organization.

“This is a signature and impressive gift to the hospital and Napa Valley,” Terry Newmyer, president and chief executive officer of St. Helena region of Adventist Health, said in a statement. “Joseph Phelps is a philanthropic role model. The Phelps family legacy includes decades of generous giving that inspires excellence from our community. Our hospital is thankful for his friendship and commitment to helping us fulfill Project Transform on behalf of the next generation of families we will serve.”

The foundation said he has donated to many of the hospital’s initiatives, including the St. Helena Women’s Center and the hospital’s helipad, "motivated by his strong desire to ensure quality health care for his employees and their families." Previously, he gave $1 million to a foundation capital campaign called Caring For the Future. 

Project Transform is a plan for updating and expanding the hospital by 21 beds and remodeling facilities to support innovative patient-centered care. These renovations will touch every patient room in the hospital, focused on key areas such as the new family birth center, expansion of the heart and vascular center, orthopedic wing, intensive care unit and modernized sterilization equipment.

For Mr. Phelps, supporting the hospital has long been a priority. “The Napa Valley has been very good to us, and I want to do my part to bring top-notch care to our employees and the community,” he said in a statement.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards was founded in 1973 on a former cattle ranch outside St. Helena.

“A generation of Napa Valley residents have benefitted from Mr. Phelps’ generosity,” said David Duncan, foundation chairman. “This is truly an incredible gift from an extraordinary community member which helps to improve our services for the next generation.”