Legacy gift to support heart and vascular institute

State-of-the-art equipment is shown at Sequoia Hospital(May 2018) Sequoia Hospital Foundation received a generous $600,000 gift from the estate of Joseph and Ida Rodondi. The gift has been designated in support of Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital’s award-winning Heart and Vascular Institute.

Joseph and Ida Rodondi were treasured members of Sequoia’s community. Joseph served in the United States Army during World War II, storming Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. He returned home after the war, married Ida, the love of his life, and worked in the steel industry briefly before becoming a realtor in the family business. The couple was married for 65 years until Joseph’s death in 2015. Ida followed in 2017. Their shared love of Sequoia Hospital inspired their significant legacy gift, something they kept to themselves during their lifetime.

The Rodondi’s support will help Sequoia Hospital build on its strong legacy of pioneering cardiac care. An interdisciplinary task force of physician leaders, program staff, hospital administration, and philanthropy representatives recently convened to develop the framework for a ten-year strategic plan for Sequoia’s cardiac programs. The aim is to achieve the hospital’s goal of being recognized in the Bay Area as the preeminent heart and vascular institute, providing truly exceptional care to those in need in our community and beyond.

Sequoia Hospital has been recognized as one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for three years in a row (2016-2018) and is distinguished as among the top three percent nationwide to receive both the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2017 from Healthgrades. The Heart and Vascular Institute is affiliated with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, ranked No. 1 in the nation for heart care since 1995 by U.S. News & World Report.