It has been an exciting year for the Foundation. In November, we gathered for the ribbon cutting and dedication celebration for the hospital’s beautiful new acute care and trauma center, which will open later this spring. Then on December 31, the Heart of Our City Capital Campaign came to a close. I am proud to report that, together, we raised more than $141 million to purchase critical medical equipment and furnishings for the new acute care facility.
When we began the capital campaign in 2011, it was by far the largest fundraising effort in the Foundation’s history. Over the past five years, more than 2,000 individuals, corporations and foundations have answered the call and donated to make this project a reality. When we celebrated the end of the campaign in December, we sang “The Impossible Dream.” It was a fitting tribute, given the scale of this effort. I am truly in awe of the generosity of our community. We have learned that together, nothing is impossible.
I salute our campaign co-chairs, Judy and Rich Guggenhime and Pam and Larry Baer, who led this incredible project. Thanks to their leadership and your support, every patient at Zuckerberg San Francisco General will have access to cuttingedge life-saving equipment and technology, both now and into the future.
In February, we once again welcomed more than 1,000 attendees onto the field at AT&T Park for our 11th annual Heroes & Hearts luncheon and 7th annual Hearts After Dark evening event. Proceeds from these events are the Foundation’s largest source of revenue and help fund our Hearts Grants Program. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded over 400 grants totaling more than $10 million for vital hospital projects and initiatives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.
We’ve reached an exciting new era in philanthropy for the hospital—one that demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships. As we continue this critical work, we look forward to welcoming Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP as the next Chief Executive Officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General and newest Foundation Board member in late April. Dr. Ehrlich’s leadership in public health and her perspective as a practicing physician will be tremendous assets in her new role. As the outgoing CEO of San Mateo Medical Center, Susan understands the critical role Zuckerberg San Francisco General plays as the only trauma center (Level 1) for San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties, and is poised to lead our hospital into the next generation of health care.
I am profoundly grateful for your ongoing partnership with us as we continue to ensure access to high-quality healthcare for all who live in, work in, or visit San Francisco. This year’s successes would not have been possible without you.
On behalf of everyone at San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, thank you.