Hearts in SF raised over $5.5 million dollars this year!

A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, guests, and volunteers for their kind support. 

The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is proud to launch the Transform Mental and Behavioral Health Fund. This fund will support the ongoing work of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in creating innovative treatments and providing support for those suffering from mental illness.

Our promise is to be the people for those who have none. But we can’t do it without you.

Will you be their people?

Truly a night for the big-hearted.

A completely sold out event, Hearts in SF 2019 was an evening to remember. We came together to share innovative visions for health care and celebrate the healing and hope that Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center provides every day.

This new evening event, built upon the success of the Heroes & Hearts luncheon, began with a cocktail reception where guests explored, socialized, and experienced interactive environments throughout the venue at Pier 48.   

During a seated community dinner we heard inspirational views on Mental Health in America from former Congressman and National Mental Health Advocate Patrick J. Kennedy, as well as civic leaders including the Honorable Mayor London Breed.

After dinner, cocktails and dessert were served as we celebrated and danced to the atmospheric sounds of a performance by San Francisco’s highly-acclaimed pop/synth band, Geographer.

Our hearts were warmed by the overwhelming response from sponsors and guests this year. Many thanks for your support, SF!


  • 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception | Passed Bites | Interactive Activities | Community Connection  

  • 7:30 PM Community Dinner | Inspirational Views | Keynote Address from Patrick J. Kennedy  

  • 9:00 PM Cocktails | Dessert | Celebration | Performance by Geographer

2019 Hearts


Pam Baer
Judy Guggenhime
Andrew McCollum



Pier 48
San Francisco, CA 94158


Complimentary parking in Ballpark Lot A


Festive Street Style

Introducing the Transform Mental and Behavioral Health Fund

We support the work done at Zuckerberg San Francisco General as that work supports all of us in San Francisco. Today, we are all seeing the effects of mental health, addiction, hunger and other issues in the rise in homelessness on our streets. ZSFG is on the front lines innovating treatment strategies that address the issue holistically by looking at the social, psychological and medical needs of our fellow residents. Once again, our city hospital is a beacon to the world for how to treat people with dignity, compassion and pioneering medical care.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is launching a new Transform Mental and Behavioral Health Fund to break silos, cross boundaries, and unleash untapped creativity. This fund will bring together funders and experts, connect disparate resources, invest in systemic infrastructure, and test “not yet scaled” solutions.  

There is much work to do.

Here are our ZSFG Mental Health Programs:

The needs of the patients who come to ZSFG day after day are often complex and multidimensional. Medical, social, and emotional needs can be triggered by homelessness, hunger, isolation, substance misuse, depression and mental illness. ZSFG has created a program called Social Medicine that consists of a multidisciplinary team of social workers, pharmacists, nurses, physicians, mental health specialists and other city agencies to address patients’ unique needs to create life-changing and transformative outcomes.  

ZSFG’s Mental Health Rehabilitation Center plays an important role in helping mental and behavioral health inpatients, many who were homeless or have serious psychotic disorders, successfully transition back into our community. Through therapeutic groups and activities as well as psychopharmacological interventions, the MHRC helps treat, socialize and gradually acclimate clients toward successful discharges.  

This program improves patient care by connecting families with the rich array of public services available that can reduce social, economic and legal barriers to health.

Solid Start is an initiative to promote health and health equity by developing and evaluating innovative models of integrated care for pregnant women and families with children 0 – 3 at ZSFG. This includes ensuring that the social, legal, mental health and behavioral needs of families are incorporated systematically into quality care delivery across ZSFG clinical settings. Over time, the Solid Start initiative will serve as an innovation hub whose aim is to facilitate best practices, improve data collection and evaluation, attract funding and promote model dissemination to strengthen, sustain, study, scale, and showcase best practices within ZSFG, the broader San Francisco safety net, and regional and national communities.

This nationally-recognized program addresses mental health, legal issues, unemployment and housing to help patients break the cycle of violent injury. Since the inception of Wraparound, re-injury rates have been reduced by 50%.

The Trauma Recovery Center provides over 800 victims of trauma, assault, torture and violence with innovative psychiatric support services, including group work, victim’s self-help groups and one-on-one counseling. The TRC has had great success in helping many clients move forward with their lives after facing devastating and enduring trauma.

A mother’s mental health has a direct impact on infant and child health. This program is a collaboration between pediatric clinicians, social workers, and psychiatrists who work side by side in the pediatric clinic to provide services for babies and children as well as mental health services for mothers.  

The MDAC helps access children and families who may have developmental delays due to neurological, psychological and medical issues. A family-centered and integrated team of specialists in child development and behavior, psychology, education, speech and occupational therapies work to provide assessment, short-term intervention, case management and connection to available services. It is the only program of its kind in San Francisco.

The Community Wellness Program promotes health and wellness by encouraging healthy eating, exercise, relaxation, mindfulness and positive lifestyle choices through free classes and demonstrations for the community.

The ACE Unit is a geriatric-friendly environment designed to improve mobility, reduce depression, maximize overall satisfaction and help patients make a smooth transition from hospital to home life. Each patient’s needs are assessed by an interdisciplinary team of an advanced practical nurse, a social worker, a nutritionist, an occupational therapist.  

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VRP) provides job readiness and job training for individuals recovering from chronic mental illness often complicated by persistent homelessness, substance abuse, chronic medical problems and criminal justice involvement. VRP currently provides vocational assessment and job training for approximately 110 individuals per year in a variety of hospital support roles and social enterprise businesses. Additionally, the VRP is part of the UCSF Supported Employment team where VRP participants and graduates are referred for job development and placement services. The Supported Employment Team serves an additional 200 mental health consumers per year and takes an individualized approach to competitive community placements. 

Hospitalized patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) at ZSFG get variable, provider-dependent care. There’s a gap in staff and provider expertise with SUD, and the knowledge base in inpatient and community addiction treatment centers is siloed. Furthermore, there is no standard approach with patients who use drugs such as opioids, methamphetamines, etc. Many of them go to substance use disorders (SUD) or through unrecognized withdrawal. Also, substance abuse can be a root cause, but often goes unaddressed. 

The goal of forming an addiction medicine consult team is to decrease addiction severity, increase connections to treatment, decrease readmissions, decrease ED utilizations, and decrease acute healthcare costs. Understanding the pressing need of linking communications and data-sharing between community health services and medical organizations is an additional goal the addiction care team aims to achieve throughout the San Francisco Health Network.

2019 Hearts  

Thank you to our 2019 Heart Sculpture Artists for lending their time, talents, and creativity to create one-of-a-kind Hearts.

The 2019 auction took place online from February 4th through the 14th. Proceeds from the sales of Heart Sculptures fund key programs and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.

Gallery of Hearts
Heart Details

A heartfelt thank you to our 2019 Partners.

Bank of America




First Republic Bank
Sutter Health CPMC


Alaska Airlines
Anne Bakar and Barbara Bass Bakar
Dana and Robert Emery
JaMel Perkins
Kapp Singer Family


Agfa HealthCare
Blue Shield of California
Phil Byer
Fisher Development, Inc
The Friend Family
Gilead Sciences
The Hauswirth Family
John and Christina Keker
Mary Jo & Dick Kovacevich
Latham & Watkins
LDA-KMD Architects JV
Miller Kaplan Arase LLP
Lisa Stone Pritzker
Pacific Pension & Investment Institute
Perkins Coie
Rona Consulting Group | Moss Adams
San Francisco International Airport
John and Dixie Noonan
John and Regina K. Scully
The Seligman Family Foundation

University of California, San Francisco ZSFG Departments:
Chancellor’s Office
Vice Dean’s Office
Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Clinical Laboratory
Emergency Medicine
Family and Community Medicine
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute
Anatomic Pathology
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

In-Kind Media

In-Kind Sponsors

Meet your San Francisco General Hospital Foundation “Hearts in SF” Hosts

Hearts in SF Honorary Host Committee

The Honorable Art Agnos & Sherry Agnos
Larry Baer
Dusty & Melissa Baker
Nancy & Joachim Bechtle
Barry Bonds
The Honorable Mayor London Breed
The Honorable Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Priscilla Chan, MD & Mark Zuckerberg
Edward A. Chow, MD
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu
Treasurer José Cisneros
Senator Dianne Feinstein & Richard C. Blum
Suzanne Giraudo, Ph.D & Louis Giraudo
Richard J. Guggenhime
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White
Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
The Honorable Mayor Frank Jordan & Wendy Paskin-Jordan
Tina & John Keker
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis & Markos Kounalakis

Hearts in SF Ambassadors

The Honorable Mark Leno
Gina Moscone
Ellen M. Newman
Jennifer Newsom & Governor Gavin Newsom
Barbro & Bernard Osher
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi & Paul Pelosi
Kristen & Buster Posey
Lisa Stone Pritzker
Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock
Police Chief William Scott
Stephen A. Sherwin, MD & Merrill S. Randol
Honorable George P. Shultz
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Roselyne Swig
Ingrid Tauber, Ph.D & Frank Taforo
Acting San Francisco Public Health Director, Greg Wagner
Hilary Armstrong
Anne Bakar
Jennifer Brokaw, MD
Amy Busch, Ph.D
Pen Callan
Jason Friend
Ken Fulk
Margie Kaminsky
Greg Wagner
Kerri Lehmann
Michele Meany
Allison Pincus
Lori Puccinelli
Steven Revetria
David Singer
Adam Swig
Manny Yekutiel

Hearts in SF Steering & Leadership Committee

Pam Baer
Judy Guggenhime

Pam Baer
Judy Guggenhime
Andrew McCollum

Dina Bandman
Nancy Bechtle
John Bell
Jennifer Biederbeck
Marcy Blum
Jennifer Brokaw, MD
Matt Carbone
Alice Chen, MD
Gretchen de Baubigny
Megan Escher
Libby Leffler Hoaglin & Michael Hoaglin, MD
Jessica Galloway
Stanlee Gatti
Lisa Hauswirth
Robert Fountain
Schuyler Hudak
Lionel C. Johnson
Jenna Lim
James D. Marks, MD, Ph.D
Ellen M. Newman
John Noonan
Alex Rosenblatt
Shereen Salimi
Paula Schultz
Connie Shanahan
Bob Tandler

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

John H. Bell

Board Chair
Judy Guggenhime

Board Vice President
Lisa Hauswirth

Board Treasurer
Michael MacBryde

Board Secretary
Helen Archer-Dusté, RN, MS

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D, MD, MAS
Matt Carbone
Sue Carlisle, MD, Ph.D
Charles Charnas
Alice Chen, MD, MPH
Julia Damasco
Susan P. Ehrlich, MD, MPP
Alex Fisher
Schuyler Hudak
Lionel C. Johnson
Dennis Leary
Jenna Lim
James D. Marks, MD, Ph.D
Andrew McCollum
Theodore (Ted) Miclau, III, MD
Dionne Cruz Miller, MPH
Ellen M. Newman
John K. Noonan
Alex Rosenblatt, CLTC
Connie Shanahan
Bob Tandler
Jonathan Tsao, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Beth S. Veniar

Lifetime Directors
Pam Baer
George Clyde

Ex Officio
David J. Sanchez, Jr., Ph.D
Paula Schultz

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