NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR FUNDING FOR NEW HEALTH CENTER TO HOUSE NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE AGENCIES
11/9/1999 - Calling it an "investment in the future well-being of our community," Napa Valley Vintners Vice President Jack Stuart announced major funding for a new $6 million health center in the city of Napa to provide an affordable, permanent home for a number of local nonprofit health care agencies.
The Vintners are committing $3 million in Wine Auction funds toward purchasing the site, start-up costs and construction. This gift for the new Health Center is coming from the Wine Auction's Health Care Fund.
"This is a wonderful and sustainable gift from the wine industry," said Terry Longoria, director of Napa County Health and Human Services. "It supports collaboration of services and will provide a clean, safe and attractive environment for low income and distressed individuals to receive important health care services."
Four agencies -- long-time Wine Auction beneficiaries -- are tentatively slated to occupy the 24,000 square-foot center: Clinic Ole, Healthy Moms and Babies, Napa Emergency Women's Shelter, and Sister Ann's Dental Clinic.
"We see enormous potential for collaborative opportunities among these agencies," said Stuart. "They already share common goals, and in the new center, they will share common space. The same people often use all four of these charities and now those services will be brought together in a single, convenient location, adjacent to one of the county's major hospitals, and two blocks from public transportation."
Because the new facility will offer a centralization of services and a rent structure below what each agency currently pays, more of their funds will go directly into providing services to low-income Napa County residents, said Stuart.
The new Health Center will be located at the intersection of Villa Lane and Pear Tree Lane, near Queen of the Valley Hospital and numerous other medical offices. Construction on the two-acre parcel is expected to start in 2000. In consideration of the NVV's commitment of funds, the new facility will be named the Napa Valley Vintners Health Center.
Besides the $3 million coming from Wine Auction funds, Stuart announced that funding is anticipated to come from a number of community sources. Already, the County of Napa has announced a gift of $450,000 and Queen of the Valley's Health Care for the Poor Fund is donating $150,000.
"The need for funding is still great," said Richard Walton, an NVV board member and a member of the committee managing the Health Center project. "We are looking to other members of the Napa Valley community to take part in this incredible opportunity to ensure quality health care for everyone who lives here."
The Napa Valley Vintners is a professional, nonprofit trade organization representing 162 Napa Valley wineries in marketing and promotional activities throughout the United States and abroad. NVV maintains a website at www.napavintners.com and a 24-hour informational hotline at 1-800-982-1371.