On February 18, the Foundation proudly honored the recipients of the 2016 Heroes & Hearts Award, recognizing their “go above and beyond” efforts that make a difference in the lives of all San Franciscans. The Foundation also honored Pam Baer with the 2016 Spirit Award, celebrating her many contributions to the Foundation.

Pam Baer served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for 14 years, and in 2006 launched the wildly successful Heroes & Hearts luncheon and auction with Judy Guggenhime. Pam also conceived the popular evening event, Hearts After Dark, to attract the next generation of philanthropists in our community. She recently co-chaired the Heart of Our City Capital Campaign with her husband, Larry Baer, and Rich and Judy Guggenhime. Their leadership helped raise more than $141 million to furnish the new acute care and trauma center with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

James (Jim) Larson, COT is a Clinic Supervisor and Ophthalmic Technician at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. He has been dedicated to eye and vision care at the hospital since the 1980s, playing a key role in preserving and restoring the sight of thousands of patients over the years. Jim was the leader and driving force behind the hospital’s Eye Van, which brings vision services to patients who are unable to travel to Zuckerberg San Francisco General for care.

Officer Raphael Rockwell is a 15-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department and a member of the Youth and Community Engagement Unit. He helped implement the Future Graduates program, which each year helps over 300 high school students obtain paid internships with private technology firms and City agencies. Officer Rockwell also oversees the Earth Stewards Summer Program, in which students grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, all of which are donated to local food banks.

Terry Saltz, Rebuild Program Director at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, is responsible for ensuring the successful construction completion of the beautiful new Acute Care and Trauma Center, and will oversee the patient move-in and official opening later this spring. His commitment to the project has been essential to its success and to the success of the Foundation’s Heart of Our City Capital Campaign.

Dr. Clement Yeh is the Medical Director for both the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and the 911 dispatch center. He has been involved in the EMS-6 program, a joint effort between the SFFD and the Department of Public Health that will improve the health of some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents. This program is designed to help those who depend on the emergency care system for almost all of their health needs by working to help avoid medical emergencies.

PHOTO: 2016 Heroes & Hearts Award and Spirit Award Recipients: James (Jim) Larson, Terry Saltz, Pam Baer, Dr. Clement Yeh, Officer Raphael Rockwell Courtesy of Drew Altizer