Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation Kicks-Off Inaugural Women’s Health Symposium

Apr 14, 2021 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, in partnership with UCSF Health, will be hosting the inaugural Women’s Health Symposium fundraiser to be held May 13th, 2021. This virtual educational event is open to the community and will bring together local, regional, and many community leaders to interact with world-renowned UCSF medical experts as they discuss cutting-edge information related to women’s cardiological and neurological health.

The featured speakers will be Dena Dubal, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, and Rita Redberg, MD, MS, General Cardiologist, and UCSF School of Medicine Professor. They will present their area of expertise and then field questions from the audience.  Andrew Josephson, MD, Professor, Chair, Neurology UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences will moderate the event.

“The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation is pleased to bring this inaugural Women’s Health Symposium to our community”, said Dave Pier, Executive Director.  “Thanks to our hospital’s affiliation with UCSF Health we have world renowned physicians presenting to and interacting with our community members, discussing important aspects of women’s health. We are looking forward to May 13th!”

The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation has a long history of supporting women’s health initiatives in the Sonoma community. Since 1982 the Foundation’s initiatives have resulted in 1,000 plus women receiving no-cost mammograms that they could not otherwise afford, a new diagnostic center that is nearing completion, a state of the art emergency department and surgery center, along with many hospital equipment upgrades that directly impact the health of women in our community.

The Sonoma Hospital Foundation Women’s Health Symposium will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 13th, from 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  To purchase a pass to this virtual event or find out more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at The cost is $50 and is 100% tax-deductible. To make a donation or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia Cervone at 707.935.5331 or

“The Hospital Foundation is grateful to the community for their support, our generous corporate partners and community patrons,” noted Pier. We are also very fortunate this year to have Cherie Hughes, Marcia Levy, and Joan Weill providing leadership as they serve as visionaries on the Executive Steering Committee for this inaugural Women’s Health Symposium,” noted Pier.

About Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation

Since its founding in 1982, Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation has enabled the hospital to enhance medical services, expand health care and wellness programs, upgrade facilities, and offer services to patients who could not otherwise afford to pay for care. Established in 1957, the hospital, with 24 acute care beds and a 27-bed Skilled Nursing Facility, operates under the auspices of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District, which was created in March 22nd, 1946, by community residents who saw a critical shortage of hospital beds in the State following World War II. Today, Sonoma Valley Hospital embraces the Healing Hospital model of care and offers services that encompass the whole spectrum of health care needs, underscoring its mission to “maintain, improve and restore the health of everyone in our community. The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Sonoma Valley Hospital, cultivating community support and raising funds to assist the Hospital in its mission to maintain, improve and restore the health of everyone in our community.  Our Hospital relies mainly on reimbursements for services with support from a Parcel Tax. But it also counts on philanthropy dollars raised by the Foundation for capital equipment purchases, some facility improvements, and certain community health services such as our mammography program for uninsured women, which is funded by the Foundation.