The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announced today it is investing $250,000 to expand the JobCare occupational health program run by Adventist Health St. Helena. The clinic is currently used by over 7,500 employees from Napa County a year and in 2018 had direct referrals from 629 Napa County businesses.
The NVV chose to support the program because clients who use JobCare are at the core of the local economy - either actively employed, seeking employment or who have been injured on the job and need treatment to return to wellness.
With NVV funding for new equipment, technology, software and staff training, JobCare will be able to provide better quality of care for its pateints. This support will also help replace dated equipment and achieve compliance for language translation services.
This grant will also cover a new mobile healthcare unit which will serve more local workers and increase the quality and accessibility of services by bringing care directly to them. The unit will be managed by a dedicated nurse who will provide oversight for testing for diabetes and high cholesterol and will also provide health education pertinent to the populations served.
By extension, the NVV's grant will also support local businesses. Napa County is served by only two occupational health providers, Adventist Health St. Helena’s JobCare Services and Wine Country Occupational Medicine, operated by Dr. Carl Speizer. Without a local alternative many people in the northern part of Napa County would have to travel up to an hour for these services.
Subsequently, due to transportation and financial limitations, many people would simply be not have access for these services and local businesses would face challenges complying with OSHA and departmentally-mandated medical surveillance programs.
“There is a huge demand for occupational health services in Napa County and we are excited that we will be able to serve more people, especially with preventative services and screenings. A focus on prevention and early detection is vital to a healthy community,” said Steven Herber, MD, President and CEO, Adventist Health St. Helena. “We are grateful to the Napa Valley Vintners for awarding this grant and for our long-standing partnership in caring for our community.”
The NVV, Adventist Health St. Helena and the St. Helena Hospital Foundation have a long history of partnership going back to 1981 when the first Auction Napa Valley was held. Since that time the NVV has invested $13.1 million in Auction proceeds to support the Foundation and its programs. The 39th annual Auction Napa Valley is coming up May 31-June 2nd.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com
About St. Helena Hospital Foundation
St. Helena Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support and enhances community connection for Adventist Health St. Helena and its vision to transform the health of our communities. Established in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) charity, St. Helena Hospital Foundation partners with supporters to fund technology, equipment and programs that improve and save people’s lives. With a rich legacy of giving since the hospital’s inception in 1878, donations have allowed for Adventist Health St. Helena to remain at its best, providing top quality care in the region. For more information, visit www.shhfoundation.org.
About Adventist Health St. Helena
Adventist Health St. Helena is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.