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Fiscal Year 2022 | July, August, September 2021

We hope you will enjoy this impact report, which highlights some recent positive successes enabled by your generosity. Your gifts support and fund excellence in patient care and innovation at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). Thank you for sharing our belief in equity, access, and quality healthcare for all. Thank you so much for all that you help to accomplish.



Providing More Than Just Medical Care

Patient Pantry ZSFG COVID-19 Fund

When the pandemic hit, so many ZSFG patients lost jobs, housing, and access to social safety-net programs that kept them safe and healthy. In response to this crisis, Dr. Misa Perron-Burdick, Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center at ZSFG, launched the Patient Pantry to give families another place to find support. This initiative was designed to provide pregnant patients and parents with basic necessities, either after a clinic visit or delivered to their homes. The pantry currently provides families with items such as food, diapers, feminine products, formula, and baby wipes. Patients also receive COVID-19 safety kits that include hand sanitizer, soap, masks, and thermometers.


This program continues to grow thanks to a new partnership with Solid Start—a multi-disciplinary effort at ZSFG focused on pregnant individuals and families with young children in San Francisco. One of our community partners, the Homeless Prenatal Program, is now housing the central pantry in their nearby facility. And thanks to two recent Hearts Grants awarded by the Foundation, even more patients will have access to these health essentials during future visits.


To date, this program has helped over 500 families and more than 50 home deliveries are made each week. As the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to hit our most marginalized communities the hardest, we are pleased to be able to provide funding for this vital program. 

Delta variant webinar

On September 1, Dr. Susan Ehrlich, CEO of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, gave the most recent in a series of updates to the public about the current state of COVID-19 in San Francisco, this time with a special emphasis on the Delta variant. She shared a promising update on our community vaccination rate, which currently stands at 80% of the eligible population fully vaccinated. She also addressed the most recent wave of infections, vaccine hesitancy, and what makes Delta different.


Dr. Ehrlich also answered audience questions regarding breakthrough infections and booster shots, travel considerations, her predictions for the future of COVID-19 in the Bay Area, and much more.


We are grateful to the donors whose support has enabled us to treat more than a third of San Francisco’s COVID-19 patients, offer community vaccinations, and keep the public informed as this public health situation continues to evolve. If you weren’t able to watch the program live, we invite you to watch it in its entirety on the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation YouTube channel.

Fifteen Years of Extraordinary Achievement at Home and Abroad

stock OR surgery

Our partners at the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT) are celebrating fifteen years of healing and innovation.  Founded in 2006 by the faculty and residents of our partner institution UCSF, and with a focus on equity, collaboration, and scholarship, IGOT’s mission is to build capacity in musculoskeletal care through global partnerships and their vision is to be the global leader in academic partnership in orthopaedic surgery.


Through its four core pillars of surgical education, global research, advocacy and leadership, and knowledge exchange, IGOT takes the tradition of excellence in trauma care found in San Francisco and provides advanced surgical training to surgeons in developing countries. IGOT’s course participants have a 93% surgical success rate.


To learn more about the collaboration between IGOT, UCSF, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, we invite you to watch this inspiring and captivating video which illustrates IGOT’s efforts around the globe.

Safe Transportation for Patients

Many ZSFG patients face complex barriers to medical care, including lack of access to reliable transportation. The pandemic added yet another hurdle with a reduction in Muni service and a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure for patients using public transit. In order to help create more equitable access to care, the SFGH Foundation awarded two Hearts Grants to help fund rides for patients to and from the hospital.


One grant is being used to fund taxi rides for cancer patients attending their chemotherapy, radiation, and follow-up care appointments. The need for safe transportation is especially critical for immunocompromised patients. The second grant provides free Lyft rides for patients undergoing surgical procedures at ZSFG. These rides help ensure on-time patient arrivals and a safe return home after discharge. Providing free, reliable transportation helps our patients access the care they need while staying safe. We are so grateful to our generous donors who make grants like these possible.

Better Academic Outcomes Through Donor Generosity

ZSFG pediatric patient backpack grant COVID-19 Fund

Shelter-in-place orders meant a big shift in the way we’ve provided care over the past year and a half, and these changes especially impacted our pediatric patients. With 32,000 patient visits each year, the Children’s Health Center’s (CHC) ability to effectively care for our young patients and their families is a top priority. When schools closed, many families were left without the appropriate supplies to support their child’s education from home, and the staff of the CHC realized that many of these families would struggle to adapt.


Thankfully, the hospital was able to utilize charitable donations made to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to equip backpacks with school supplies to help kids keep up with their skills during remote schooling. Filling an urgent need, these backpacks flew off the shelves, enabling SFGHF donors and our hospital staff to make an immediate impact on these families’ needs.


We are grateful for the donor support that has allowed us to create healthy connections between a visit to the doctor’s office and academic learning.