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A Walk Through ZSFG’s History

For 150 years, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has remained a stronghold in the city of San Francisco. From earthquakes to influenza, and influenzas to pandemics, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital continues to provide compassionate care to all San Franciscans.

August 28, 1872

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City and County Hospital Opens

A wooden structure opens on Potrero Avenue to treat the City’s public health needs.

1881

Training School for Nurses was Established

Nurses shadowed medical faculty and raised awareness on the standards of patient care.

1895

Arrival of Horse Drawn Ambulances

San Francisco was the first city to provide government run ambulances.

1906

The Great Earthquake Hits

After surviving a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake the General became a mecca where the sick and injured sought treatment and comfort.

1915

New Buildings Open

The newly designed San Francisco General Hospital allowed for infectious patients to be treated separately and an open ward with plenty of sunshine for tuberculosis patients.

1938

Maternity Hospital Opens

The growth at San Francisco General continued with the opening of the maternity ward.

1940

World War II Brings New Medical Advancements

During World War II staff were drafted and brought back with them field advancements.

1950

San Francisco Hospital Gets a New Name

San Francisco Hospital changed their name to San Francisco General Hospital.

1960

Premature Birth Clinic Opens

In response to challenges such as mothers having no prenatal care, the hospital established a premature birth clinic for high risk mothers.

1972

Trauma Center Opens

The new hospital was designed to facilitate the fastest and most seamless movement of patients from the paramedics in the field to the operating room and then to critical care.

1983

First Aids Case is Confirmed in San Francisco

Ward 86 at San Francisco Hospital was the center of care and treatment during the San Francisco Aids epidemic. This model of care would eventually become the worldwide standard.

1991

Designated Only Level 1 Trauma Center

San Francisco General Hospital became the only level 1 trauma center throughout the bay area.

2001

TBI Program Launches

The traumatic brain injury program was created to optimize care for patients with serious brain injuries, providing specialized and cohesive care in the operating rooms, intensive care unit and rehabilitative care.

2015

New Construction Begins

The new acute care and trauma building was built. It was nine stories, world class, seismically safe, technologically advanced, environmentally sound and was designed to provide the best possible patient care in a warm and healing environment.

2020

Covid-19

During the Covid -19 pandemic, ZSFG helped anyone in need and was a critical public health resource for information, support and vaccine information.