Last November, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation joined state and city officials, hospital staff, patients, and hundreds of San Francisco residents to celebrate construction completion of the beautiful new acute care and trauma center at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. This achievement was marked with a building dedication and campus naming honoring the transformational grant of $75 million from Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, and was followed by a community celebration.

“The doctors, nurses, and staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center answer the call to care for the people of this great city 24/7,” said Amanda Heier, CEO of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. “We are able to celebrate this milestone because of the many individuals, as well as corporate, foundation, and civic and community leaders, who have answered the call in support of this unprecedented initiative.”

The new acute care and trauma center is scheduled to open later this spring. The Emergency Department (ED) in the new center will feature 31 more exam rooms, two additional trauma rooms and CT scanners, four pediatric exam rooms, and a dedicated pediatric waiting room to improve children’s experiences in the hospital.  In addition to expanded ED capacity, the new building will also offer almost double the number of ICU beds, three more operating rooms, 90 percent private patient rooms , and two additional palliative care rooms.  It will also be the only hospital in the city with a cutting-edge base-isolated foundation, the most advanced seismic resistant design known today.

During the ceremony, Heart of Our City Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Pam and Larry Baer and Judy and Rich Guggenhime, announced that the campaign raised over $141 million, far exceeding the campaign’s $135 million goal, to fund critical equipment and technology for the new acute care and trauma center. They underscored that the celebration marked the beginning of an exciting new era in philanthropy for Zuckerberg San Francisco General, one that will serve as a model for public hospitals across the country.

At the dedication, Mayor Ed Lee remarked, “This hospital represents San Francisco’s values at their best, and demonstrates that our City is a leader in innovation and compassion. I thank San Francisco voters for overwhelmingly supporting the rebuild of this great hospital and I thank the many generous donors, City departments, and talented hospital staff for creating a world-class, seismically safe, technologically advanced, and sustainably built hospital for all San Franciscans, today and for future generations.”

PHOTO: Heart of Our City Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Rich & Judy Guggenhime and Larry & Pam BaerMark Zuckerberg, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Barbara Garcia, Director of Department of Public Health, Roland Pickens, Interim CEO of Zuckerberg San Francisco General, Dr. Sue Carlisle, Vice Dean of UCSF School of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, JD Beltran, President of San Francisco Arts Commission, Mohammed Nuru, Director of Department of Public Works, Dr. Edward Chow, President of San Francisco Health Commission, and Master of Ceremonies Belva Davis. Courtesy of Drew Altizer