8/13/2020 – Napa Valley Vintners announced today an additional $250,000 investment in the Adventist Health St. Helena/St. Helena Hospital Foundation mobile health unit to expand its usage and provide COVID-19 testing for farmworkers, seniors and low-income community members.
This marks the next step in the Vintners’ ongoing commitment to ensuring a healthy community and giving through Auction Napa Valley proceeds. Each year, NVV contributions provide access to healthcare needs for more than 100,000 individuals. In these extraordinary times, the organization has stepped up further to help fund COVID-19 testing to combat the spread of the virus.
“As Napa County’s total case counts continue to rise, efforts to make testing readily available and timely are invaluable. We’re thankful for the generous support of the Napa Valley Vintners whose funding helps to ensure access to testing for all community members no matter their circumstance,” said Diane Dillon, Chairwoman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
In addition to this money for the mobile health unit, NVV has invested in several other endeavors to bring COVID-19 testing to Napa.
- $108,000 to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation to provide the start-up supplies, equipment and professional staffing of the mobile unit. To date an estimated 1,200 tests have been administered.
- $10,000 to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation to cover the costs for 100 people to get tested this summer.
- $40,000 since April toward a partnership spearheaded by community leader Lydia Mondavi involving CORE Response, the non-profit that has administered more than a million tests nationwide, including more than 31,000 in Napa so far, along with Napa physician Dr. Eric Grigsby who has supplied infrastructure for a new testing pathway.
- $800,000 grant to OLE Health to provide healthcare services to underserved, vulnerable and out of work populations with a portion of funding going toward testing; of which 585 existing patients have been tested so far.
For testing locations in the community view the Napa County website https://www.countyofnapa.org/