The Herman FamilyThe Herman Family

On June 27 we announced the public phase of the Crowning of the Queen capital campaign to fund the new Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Pavilion. And on October 2, the state-of-the-art facility officially became the Herman Family Pavilion, in honor of an $11-million gift from the Tim Herman family.

Even before a tragic accident five years ago claimed the life of his former wife, Peggy, Tim Herman had worked tirelessly to make a difference in his community. He served on local school boards, started a couple of foundations, and joined the board of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in 2000. Having "done well" in business, Tim says, he wanted to give back to the community where he has lived since 1986.

Then Peggy suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007, when such injuries had to be treated out of the area because neurosurgical services were not available in Napa. Today, thanks to the generosity of Tim and his family, more than 190 neurosurgeries have been performed through the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center at the Queen, many of which have saved lives. In a collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco and named for Tim's late wife, the center opened in 2011. The two full-time neurosurgeons on staff live in Napa and are also on the faculty of UCSF.

The Herman family's significant gift of $11 million is the largest donation in the hospital's history. "The Queen is a wonderful medical center, and I'm trying to get the best of everything there for as many people as I can," Tim says.

With support from his children, Michael, Patrick, and Danielle, along with Tim's former mother-in-law, Rita Guthrie, and his current wife, Mary Beth, Tim's generosity is funding the development and building of a 72,000-square-foot advanced diagnostic and surgical pavilion at the Queen. "My whole family is excited about helping," says Tim. Called the Herman Family Pavilion, it will have six "smart" surgical suites, including a university-level "hybrid" suite that combines diagnostic imaging technology and surgical interventions in the same room.

"A transformational gift such as Tim's allows us to do something we otherwise wouldn't be able to do," says Elaine John, president and CEO of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. "His generosity provided the funds for us to start a neurosurgery program at a time when hospitals are really pinched for capital. Tim also built enthusiasm for the hybrid suite project, and for that we are truly grateful."

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