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Nelsons pledge $3 million gift to Sonoma Valley Hospital

Posted On05/11/2012


Sonoma, California, May 11, 2012 – At the May 10 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) Emergency Care Center (ER), Gary and Marcia Nelson, longstanding champions of the ER, pledged a $3 million charitable gift specifically for the new Emergency Center, which will open in 2013.

“The Nelsons have made a truly historic contribution to the hospital,” said hospital CEO Kelly Mather in accepting the pledge. “Nothing could be more valuable to us right now than this demonstration of confidence in the hospital’s future. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement.”

In making the gift, Gary Nelson said, “The SVH Emergency Room is a critical and essential service to all of us in this community. It serves every single resident and visitor in time of need, from the poorest to the most wealthy. When a health crisis takes place in our valley, we need a state-of-the-art ER with the equipment and staff required to save the lives of our friends and families.”

Offering a personal anecdote, Nelson went on to say, “Thirty years ago, our son Justin, who was just three months old at the time, was saved from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by the physicians in the SVH ER. Marcia delivered him to the hospital barely alive, blue. Having the emergency room so close saved him. We have never forgotten how fortunate we were to have this hospital nearby.”

Marcia said Justin is now completing his education at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England, where he lives with his wife, Maria, and their one-year-old daughter, Alexandria.

In announcing the contribution, Marcia said, “We hope our gift will help ensure that quality lifesaving ER services are available for years to come in Sonoma. One can argue about many healthcare issues in the US, but on a day-to-day basis, we need to serve the young, the old, and everyone in between in our valley. This is a worthy investment.”

Gary and Marcia are the founders and major shareholders of the Nelson Family of Companies headquartered in Sonoma. Nelson is one of the leading human capital and staffing firms in Northern California.


About Nelson

Founded in 1970 with locations throughout California and into Texas, Nelson ranks among the largest independent staffing companies in the United States. Regularly recognized as one of the “Top 10 Best Staffing Firms to Work For,” already in 2012, Nelson was awarded Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal, Best Job Placement Service by Northbay Biz magazine, and made Inavero’s Best of Staffing Lists for client and candidate satisfaction. Nelson specializes in staffing services in numerous fields, including administration, executive management, technology, manufacturing, legal, human resources, finance and accounting, engineering, wine and beverage, and computer gaming/digital media. Embracing the values of excellence, innovation, empathy, and integrity when interacting with clients and employees alike, Nelson holds itself to a high standard. To learn more about the company,

About Sonoma Valley Hospital

Sonoma Valley Hospital is an 83-bed, full-service acute care district hospital, with an outstanding staff of healthcare professionals located in the heart of the City of Sonoma. The hospital offers a full range of healing and healthcare services with a special emphasis on promoting and sustaining active wellness throughout the senior years with specialties in total joint replacement, urology, hematology/oncology, physical therapy, emergency services, home care and palliatiative care. For more information about the hospital, go to

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Nelson Family of Companies
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Bonnie Durrance
Sonoma Valley Hospital
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