Sobrato couple donates $5M to El Camino Hospital

New building on Mountain View campus will be named for them

In one of the largest single philanthropic contributions in the hospital's history, El Camino Hospital announced last Wednesday that it had received $5 million from John and Susan Sobrato.

The major donation was received in exchange for naming rights to the new medical office building currently under construction in the heart of the Mountain View campus, which is slated to open in the fall.

The couple holds leadership positions at the Sobrato Organization, a real estate developer with projects underway in downtown Mountain View and North Bayshore. The company's philanthropic arm, the Sobrato Family Foundation, touts having made $380 million in contributions since its inception. Adding donations like ones made by John and Sue Sobrato bring that total to $451 million.

The donation to the hospital was made to support El Camino's "continued development" as a state-of-the-art medical center to serve all residents in Silicon Valley and boost the population's health, according to a statement by John Sobrato.

"We recognize the significant contributions El Camino Hospital and its caring staff, doctors and volunteers have on the health of our community," John Sobrato said in a statement.

The seven-story, 265,000-square-foot medical office building will be named the Sobrato Pavilion, and will house both new and existing medical offices that, up until this point, have been spread out in places like the second floor of the Women's Hospital building.

The medical office building is the largest in a series of campus upgrades completed or underway, which will boost available parking, provide an upgraded facility for mental health services and essentially build out the campus to the limits set forth under the city's "El Camino Medical Park Precise Plan."

Although the Sobrato Family Foundation provides grants to a myriad of nonprofits, this particular donation comes from John and Susan Sobrato, according to hospital officials. The $5 million donation is the second largest donation ever received by the hospital's foundation, and its uses will be restricted to the campus development construction project.

"We are extremely grateful to John and Susan for their transformational gift in support of El Camino Hospital," said Jodi Barnard, El Camino's foundation president. "As the building is completed, it will be a great honor to formally name the new structure after this respected and well-known family."

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9 people like this
Posted by Thank You
a resident of The Crossings
on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm

You're very generous! Thank you Susan and John. Very much appreciated.

12 people like this
Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Their "generosity" is the equivalent of a Mountain View homeowner with a net worth of $1M donating less than a thousand dollars...

16 people like this
Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:28 am

What a characteristic first comment from Randy Guelph above. A family voluntarily makes an important gift to the main local hospital, and Randy Guelph contrives to view it as grounds to complain. I guess people with such an outlook can conjure a "yes, but" downside to anything. To most readers though, it just reflects on the complainer.

5 people like this
Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2019 at 10:17 am

To the Sobratos, Thank You!

To the hospital management, can you please return the bond money to the property owners who fund your exorbitant salaries, and benefits? Then, reduce the fees you charge insurance companies and patients that resulted in the surplus this year.

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