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Santa Rosa Memorial's Emergency Department & Regional Trauma Center receives $2 Million donation from Ernest L and Ruth W. Finley Foundation



The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation has awarded $2 million to
support the expansion and renovation of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s emergency department and regional trauma center, making the foundation the leading contributor to a campaign which has garnered $4.2 million
in community donations to date. In addition, the Finley Foundation has offered a challenge grant, for which the hospital would receive an additional $500,000 by raising a matching $2 million within the coming year.
“We are so fortunate to have this vital service close to home and we invite others in the community to join in supporting this crucial project,” said Norma Person, President and Director of the Ernest L. and Ruth W.
Finley Foundation, which was established by her late husband, Evert Person, one of Sonoma County’s foremost philanthropists.
“Even before Evert laid Memorial Hospital’s cornerstone in 1949, he understood how essential quality health care is to our community,” said Mrs. Person, whose husband succeeded the Finleys as publisher of the Press Democrat. “Throughout his life, Evert felt a responsibility to support his community and ensure that everyone
in it has access to the best medical and health care. These gifts to expand Memorial’s emergency and regional
trauma facilities will help continue Evert’s legacy.”
The Finley Foundation’s leading gift supports Santa Rosa Memorial’s $15 million expansion and renovation of the emergency department and trauma center, which broke ground in May 2012. The project will add nearly 50 percent more square footage to the North Coast region’s busiest ER, which treats an average of 100 patients daily or about 36,500 individuals each year. The expansion of the ER and trauma center, which will total just over 13,500 square feet, is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
It will feature 26 private patient rooms plus a triage room (for a total of 27 fully enclosed rooms), allowing the region’s only designated Level II Trauma Center to treat more critically ill and injured patients – while
more quickly caring for patients with less serious conditions. The expanded ER is designed to treat at least 50,000 patients or more per year.
The $2 million gift from Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation backs Memorial ER/Trauma expansion “Norma and Evert Person’s generosity has made a significant difference in the quality of healthcare for all of us
who live here. This project will truly help to improve our capacity to save lives,” said Dr. John Reed, Medical Director of the Norma and Evert Person Heart & Vascular Institute at Santa Rosa Memorial. “Because of this commitment, patients will be ensured of greater privacy, comfort, faster treatment and ongoing access to the region’s most advanced level of care.”
Santa Rosa Memorial’s Emergency Room is the gateway to Memorial hospital. Santa Rosa Memorial consistently ranks among California’s top tier of hospitals in the level of severity of traumatic injuries treated, based on the acuity of its patients’ conditions. It is among the four busiest Level II trauma centers in California, according to trauma experts.
Todd Salnas, the new President of St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, which owns and operates Memorial Hospital, praised the Finley Foundation’s gift and its importance in allowing the hospital to advance its services locally and throughout the region.  “It’s a tremendous honor that we are so generously supported by our community,” Mr. Salnas said. “On behalf of our entire ministry, I thank Mrs. Person and the Finley Foundation for their leadership and generosity in supporting our mission to care for every person in the communities we serve.”
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