Mountain View Voice

Opinion - March 25, 2011

Hospital proud of its 50 years serving the community

by Wesley F. Alles and Robert D. Adams

In this, our 50th year, El Camino Hospital has a powerful story to tell. Built and opened with the help of the community, El Camino Hospital has evolved over the years to offer not only outstanding, but world-class care close to home. Part of our story is the involvement and partnership of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, which has a long and proud history of bringing resources from the community to the hospital and, in turn, returning better care to the community.

In response to your article March 19 article, "Hospital donations jeopardized by CEO's ouster," we would point out that El Camino Hospital has an important story built over time involving every person who supports our organization — from our employees, medical staff and volunteers to our donors. It does not depend on any single person or any single event.

Our staff and our physicians will continue the groundbreaking, lifesaving work they do every day. And the generosity of our donors will continue to be motivated by El Camino Hospital's clinical quality, innovative spirit and technological advancements that contribute to the ideals of world-class care we were founded upon.

We have much to celebrate, including our 50th anniversary. Our 2011 foundation programs, such as the upcoming Sapphire Soiree on May 14, will highlight 50 years of service to the community and 10 established centers of excellence that provide patients in Mountain View and Los Gatos access to unparalleled and highest quality care. The hospital and the foundation will continue to work together to meet this commitment over the next 50 years through our important philanthropy efforts.

We stand united and pledge to continue the hospital's longstanding tradition of patient care in our community.

Wesley Alles is chair of the El Camino Hospital Board; Robert D. Adams is chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board Addressee

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