Social Medicine Team Transforms Care and Culture in San Francisco

Life on the streets takes an enormous toll on the health of our entire community, particularly for our most vulnerable residents who live on the streets of San Francisco every day. This toll also has a profound impact on Zuckerberg San Francisco General, in particular, the Emergency Department where the percentage of patients experiencing complex social and medical needs has risen significantly in recent years because they have no place else to go for the variety of complex needs they face, let alone their medical needs. Zuckerberg San Francisco General understands at its core that medical treatment alone does not [...]

2018-11-09T17:56:20+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Funded Initiatives|

Advanced Care in the New ZSFG Trauma Center

Cutting-edge technology and brand-new facilities do not a Level 1 trauma center make. But they can bring a great deal of efficiency to the process of delivering sensational, compassionate care to patients and loved ones living out their worst nightmares. Zuckerberg San Francisco General opened the doors of its new, nine-story, seismically safe building in 2016. Trauma surgeon Dr. Peggy Knudson and surgical nurse Ana Claudia Pereira have served the most seriously injured patients of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County for 28 and 10 years, respectively, from the hospital’s emergency department. They agree that the new facility has [...]

2017-11-02T15:32:11+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Funded Initiatives, Grateful Patient, Rebuild|

Advancing Military and Civilian Trauma Readiness

Trauma surgeon Dr. Peggy Knudson used special combat gauze perfected during wartime to stop internal bleeding from Zachery Vines’ injured liver. Late last September, the child was treated at Zuckerberg San Francisco General for severe internal injuries he sustained when a 200-pound wet bar fell on top of him. In saving Zachery’s life, the trauma team also used a special ratio of blood products to make sure his blood would clot, modeling their treatment after a technique learned from the U.S. military during current conflicts. Dr. Knudson explains that in the operating room at ZSFG, “we use a different approach [...]

2017-11-01T16:36:37+00:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Funded Initiatives|