New Women's Health Center Opening

On February 27, 2013, all donors to the center were invited for a private tour. Radiologist, Dr. David Priest, was on-site to answer questions and also offer a great deal of information about digital mammography and the future direction of technology in this area. Dr. Pamela Lewis, the center’s new Director, reminded all of us that not too long ago women were underrepresented in clinical trials and that a facility such as this one is much needed for our community. Dr. Lewis mentioned that we are a Breast Center of Excellence and that we are not resting there, but instead setting our sights higher to achieve a national certified breast imaging center that only a small group in the nation has achieved.

Anna Cheung, our hospital president, acknowledged all of the donors, including a anonymous donor of $600,000 and the many individuals who supported this project with even smaller gifts of $25 and $50. The Tree of Life attracted a great deal of attention as donors looked for their named leaves, butterflies and branches. Susan Goodwill, who chaired the Tree of Life effort to raise funds for the center, also acknowledged all of those who not only gave financially to the Center but also those who worked on this project for the past year and a half.

Then on March 9th, the center was dedicated, blessed and the name revealed. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang offered the blessing for the center. Lloyd Dean, President and CEO for Dignity Health was the special guest and made the official announcement about the naming of the new center. The new Center now named the Sister Diane Grassilli Center for Women’s Health was well received by many in attendance, including her brother Bob Grassilli. Sister Diane was the President of the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame, and also served Catholic Healthcare West as Chair of the Board for a number of years. Sr. Diane’s life ended much too soon at the young age of 56. She was respected and admired by all she knew.