Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation to Host Educational Annual Women’s Health Symposium in Partnership with UCSF Health

Apr 18, 2022 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, in partnership with UCSF Health, will host its second annual Women’s Health Symposium and luncheon fundraiser May 18th, 2022, at the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California. This in-person educational event offers an opportunity for the public and local and regional community leaders to interact with world-renowned medical experts from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as they discuss cutting-edge information specific to women’s memory and aging health.

The featured speakers will be Aimee Kao, MD, PhD, UCSF Associate Professor of Neurology and a John Douglas French Foundation Endowed Professor, along with Bruce L. Miller, MD, who holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UCSF and is a director of the Global Brain Health Institute. Both renowned physicians 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. For more information on the speakers go to following UCSF profile page

“The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation is thrilled to host our second annual Women’s Health Symposium in our community,” said Dave Pier, Executive Director. “Thanks to our hospital’s affiliation with UCSF Health we have incredibly skilled physicians presenting, interacting with our community members, and discussing important aspects of women’s health. We are looking forward to May 18th!”

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 the Sonoma Valley community.

The Sonoma Hospital Foundation Women’s Health Symposium will take place at Hanna Boys Center and will be livestreamed on Wednesday, May 18th, from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  To sponsor or attend this event please visit the Foundation’s website at The cost is $125 for the in-person luncheon or $50 to access the livestreaming option. Because a portion of this event will be indoors, we require that all attending in-person be fully vaccinated.  To make a donation or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Dave Pier at 707.935.5331 or

“The Hospital Foundation is so grateful to the community for this year’s overwhelming support including our generous corporate partners and community patrons,” noted Pier. We also have the pleasure to work with some truly amazing heartfelt community members such as Joan Weill, Cherie Hughes, and Marcia Levy who are leading the steering committee,” said 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.

About UCSF 

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. Please visit