Entries by E. Christopher Wilder

Omar’s Dream: Educating kids…no matter what!

Remember when you were little, and the anxiety you felt missing school due to a long illness? Falling behind is sad reality for too many kids facing a long hospitalization, but now a solution is at hand. The VMC Foundation, on behalf of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, is partnering with Omar’s Dream Foundation to […]

Happy 30th Birthday Valley Health Plan!

Long story short: When I first started here at the VMC Foundation, the job afforded no health coverage. Which was ironic, don’t you think? My wife’s company did, and I was already on her plan. I don’t remember what it was, or any of my doctors’ names. That’s because the few times I ever went […]

The Standard American Diet is SAD

  Dennis Low is a recently-retired physician who spent his career at Valley Medical Center. He’s a beloved caregiver, educator, and new VMC Foundation Board Member. We play together in the VMC “house band” Idol Hands (hence, the picture) and have become good friends. Which explains why he invited me this morning to hear him give a talk […]

National Hospital Week and BB King…

Today is the final day of our week-long celebration of National Hospital Week, and I’m feeling a little melancholy. By now I’m sure you heard that blues legend BB King passed away last night. BB was a hero to me and darn near any rock/blues musician. Today at noon, VMC’s “house band” Idol Hands will […]

The Economic Gap is Now a Canyon

Folks in Tallahassee or Saint Paul or Topeka often assume that everyone living in Silicon Valley drives around in a BMW. That’s why, when I’ve traveled, I’ve tried to share the truth…and it’s shocking to many: One in four families in “wealthy” Silicon Valley cannot simultaneously afford food, clothing, shelter and medical care. But not […]

From Earthquakes to Ebola…VMC is here.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake…and if you were here, you remember where you were. Of course, Valley Medical Center was here and cared for the injured—my neighbor Judy, for instance, who owes her life in part to VMC. The role of a comprehensive health and hospital system like ours is […]

Join us for the Heart Walk, October 11

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has created a team (Team SCVMC – County of Santa Clara) to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley American Heart Association (AHA) Heart & Stroke 5K Walk.  Join us! October 11 @ 8:30 am -12:00 pm KLA-Tencor 1 Technology Drive Milpitas, CA Event activities include a Kids Fun Run, Healthy […]