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SFGH Rebuilt

Rebuilding the Hospital

A new nine-story, seismically safe, acute care hospital has been built on campus. Construction began in 2009 and was completed in December 2015, and open to serve patients in Spring 2016. The new hospital will be a warm, healing environment with private patient rooms, abundant natural light and a sunny roof-top garden. Award-winning design and the latest technology are being combined to provide the best possible patient care.

All buildings on the hospital campus will continue to be used for non-acute (or other) hospital services including outpatient care, administrative offices, and research facilities.

California law requires that all acute care hospitals meet strict seismic standards to continue operation. Like many hospitals in the state, Zuckerberg San Francisco General—with buildings constructed in the 1970s—does not meet the current standards.

The ability to withstand an earthquake and sustain operations is particularly crucial for Zuckerberg San Francisco General for two reasons:

  1. In a large-scale disaster, Zuckerberg San Francisco General serves as the hub of the city’s medical services.
  2. As a Level 1 Trauma Center,Zuckerberg San Francisco General is uniquely prepared to treat people with life-threatening injuries.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s architects worked closely with medical staff to create a building that will enhance patient care and safety, offer greater privacy and comfort, and expand the capacity to serve San Franciscans.
  • Emergency Department trauma rooms with imaging equipment, so physicians do not need to move patients for diagnostic tests
  • Intensive care unit featuring a unique 360-degree layout, giving nurses and physicians full access to patients
  • Wide, rounded hallways to make it easier to navigate large equipment
  • Identical room layouts that reduce medical errors
  • Centralized nursing stations that promote more responsive care
  • Unobstructed handrails from the bed to the bathroom, where patients have always been most likely to fall
  • A dedicated elderly unit featuring non-glare floors, special lighting and an enclosed outdoor garden
  • 90 percent private rooms, reducing infection risk and giving patients a more comfortable, dignified place to recover
  • Emergency Department will accommodate more than twice the current capacity
  • Three new operating rooms and capacity for 32 more beds
  • Greater surge capacity in times of extremely high volume, allowing the Emergency Department to grow from 58 to 116 beds
  • Seeking LEED certification at the Gold level
  • Recycled construction materials in its construction
  • Additional green design elements include reduced water and energy usage, expanded bicycle parking and a rooftop garden