The Queen

Entrepreneur completes $11 million gift to Queen

Donations boost surgical pavilion expansion project
2012-10-24T17:30:00Z 2012-10-25T09:58:15Z Entrepreneur completes $11 million gift to QueenHOWARD YUNE Napa Valley Register
October 24, 2012 5:30 pm  • 

Spurred by the death of his wife following a horse-riding accident, a Napa entrepreneur is completing an $11 million donation — the largest in the hospital’s history — to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

Donations from a charitable foundation founded by Tim Herman will become a financial cornerstone for Queen of the Valley’s neuroscience center and a new operating room wing.

The last of three portions of the gift, a $5 million contribution, was accepted Oct. 2, according to Vanessa de Gier, spokeswoman for the Napa hospital.

“I’ve enjoyed helping raise money for the Queen,” Herman, a philanthropist and the retired co-founder of Delatech Inc., said Wednesday. “I have the capacity to give, so instead of waiting until I’m gone, I want to go ahead and help them out now.”

Funds from the Herman Family Foundation are being directed to the newly named Herman Family Pavilion, which is under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

The three-story, 72,000-square-foot center will house six “hybrid” operating rooms uniting surgical facilities, medical imaging and video monitors meant to allow quicker diagnosis and operations, while lessening the chance of complications.

“The ease of operations is better for the patient because there’s less movement of the patient, and doctors can see how the patient’s doing in real time,” de Gier said.

Herman, who has lived in Napa for 26 years, in 1978 founded the company that became Delatech, a maker of pollution control equipment for the semiconductor industry. After selling the business in 1999, he and his wife Peggy launched a philanthropic foundation, and Tim Herman joined the board of the Queen of the Valley Foundation.

According to the hospital, plans for the hospital contributions began shortly after Peggy Herman’s death in 2007, from brain injuries she suffered in a horseback riding accident. An initial $1 million gift in 2011 helped underwrite the opening of Queen of the Valley’s Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, and two further donations of $5 million each will be directed toward the new hospital pavilion and its operating rooms.

Herman married Mary Beth Robinson, a sales executive for Napa Valley Marketplace magazine, in June, 2011. Together, they have been major supporters of the hospital, officials said.

Along with surgery and diagnostic facilities, the pavilion will include 20 intensive-care rooms with sofa beds to accommodate patients’ relatives — a feature hospital officials said can be as important to recovery as state-of-the-art equipment.

“It’s something that’s definitely needed; our operating rooms are quite antiquated and they need to be upgraded,” said Herman, who remarried in June 2011. “... Anything we can do to help prolong people’s lives, make them more comfortable, let (patients) go home after a day instead of a week, to me that’s just phenomenal and I think we should use it as much as we can.”

The Herman foundation’s gift accounts for more than half the $21.8 million Queen of the Valley has collected during a $30 million fundraising campaign for the surgery center, which is expected to cost $122 million, according to de Gier.

This story has been adjusted to reflect the role played by Herman's wife, Mary Beth Robinson.

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(11) Comments

  1. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - October 24, 2012 6:40 pm
    Tim Herman, you are an incredibly generous man. Everyone who lives Upvalley is appreciative of your donation, for sure. Thank you so very much! This will save lives.
  2. JamieClarkNapa
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    JamieClarkNapa - October 25, 2012 6:54 am
    God Bless you, Tim Herman!!!
  3. T1Herman
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    T1Herman - October 25, 2012 9:10 am
    Thank you for the article but why did you purposely leave out my current wife's name. Mary Beth is as much a part of this gift as the rest of my family. I feel it is quite childish to leave her name out because she works for the Market Place Magazine.

    Tim Herman
  4. studentoflife
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    studentoflife - October 25, 2012 10:00 am
    Thank you very much Mr. Herman...This will save many many lives..
  5. journeyman
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    journeyman - October 25, 2012 2:18 pm
    Thankyou so much for your amazing gift to Queen fo the Valley Medical Center. Tim will help untold numbers of!! This is beyond over the top!!
  6. WHY
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    WHY - October 25, 2012 2:57 pm
    Tim Herman it is folks like you that make this earth a better place. Blessing to you and your wife for such a wonderful gift.
  7. QofV63baby
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    QofV63baby - October 25, 2012 5:10 pm
    Tim truly is a saint.
    I was fortunate enough to have children that went to Mt. George Elementary with his daughter and middle son .We spent many wonderful days at the Herman home and when there I felt a warmth and love for which I greatly admired.
    When my ex-husband became unemployed Tim stepped right in and gave him work for which I don't think I have thanked him enough.
    Peggy was very blessed to have Tim for a husband and I am quite sure his new wife feels the same.
    I am not a religious person, but; God bless you Mr. Tim Herman.
  8. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - October 25, 2012 7:08 pm
    I meant to say thank you from everyone who lives in Napa Valley! And thank you Mary Beth for being there for Napans!
  9. Old Time Napkin
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    Old Time Napkin - October 26, 2012 10:02 am
    What a wonderful gift to QVH. As a third gereration Napan this gift benefits the entire community. Mr and Mrs. Gasser would be proud of you Mr. Herman.
  10. Red Dirt Town
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    Red Dirt Town - October 26, 2012 9:45 pm
    What a nice story! What a wonderful man!

    Thanks you from all on Napa County! And Angwin too!
  11. glenroy
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    glenroy - October 27, 2012 7:38 am
    Gee....the kind liberalism hates to like...someone who didn't rely on a handout and stick the tax payers.

    It's folks like Herman who make this opposed to liberalism.
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