$100,000 Grant from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

In October 2013, the Hearst Foundations announced grant awards over $1 million to eight different California organizations that support education programs, medical services and other public service efforts.

St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation gratefully received $100,000 to complete an operating suite for minimally invasive cardiac and vascular procedures. This significant grant helps complete the funding for a new hybrid operating room in the existing Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Not only will the Suite meet the demands of fresh technological advances, it will expand the hospital’s capacity by allowing the Cath Lab to have two rooms for scheduled procedures and reserve a third room for ER patients requiring treatment.

According to the SF Department of Public Health:

  • Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in men and women 
  • Stroke is the #2 cause of death in women and #3 for men 
  • 23% of adults have high blood pressure 
  • 56,000 adults have diabetes

Hybrid ORs are the newest standard to address cardiovascular health. Advanced medical care has dramatically decreased the need for open heart and invasive surgeries, and increase the use of minimal surgeries to attain the same benefits. As a result, St. Mary’s surgeons, and interventional cardiologists and radiologists have been intimately involved in the planning and development of the Suite. It is an investment in our current cardiovascular efforts and will ensure growth in related programs. The Suite will meet the needs and expectations of new incoming physicians, and as patients become more adept at researching medical techniques, they, too, will choose facilities with the latest equipment.

The Hybrid Suite will be an operating room with new meticulous angiography equipment for imaging arteries, veins, and heart chambers, which is not the typical configuration for standard ORs. These capabilities will provide patients with distinct and substantial benefits – they can receive high-quality imaging anytime before, during, and after the surgical procedures without leaving the room. It reduces the length of time requiring anesthesia, the risk of complications, and improves recovery time.

St. Mary’s physicians built the project on the principle and practice of multi-disciplines all working in one location. Innumerable studies call for clinical teams to collaborate on diagnosis and treatment because no one specialist can match the cognitive skills of experts working together. St. Mary’s is a leader in these models of patient care. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services.

The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The Hearst Foundation, Inc. was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1945. In 1948 Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Both Foundations are guided by the same charitable mission, which reflects the philanthropic interests of their founder.