We are thrilled to announce to you that San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has received a major grant to support the Rebuild capital campaign, the following work on the current hospital needed to enhance our ambulatory services, and an ongoing commitment to the entire SFGH enterprise.
A tremendous and generous contribution of $75 million was announced this morning by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg. Mark is the CEO of Facebook and Priscilla is a UCSF resident who understands the extraordinary work done at The General.
This historic grant will help ensure that San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center will be able to continue to provide excellence in medical care to the community, including trauma patients as well as the citys
most vulnerable residents. In recognition of their commitment to the hospital and ail its patients, the city has begun the process to add to the hospital’s name, making it the “Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.’ We are profoundly grateful and very excited by this demonstration of partnership between the city and
Philanthropy that strengthens all of San Francisco for everyone. We also extend our deep appreciation and thanks to staff of the SFGH Foundation for their ongoing support and work on behalf of our staff and patients.
This news is a great way to start 2015, where our major focus will be on the Rebuild and readiness to move into the new hospital. The Rebuild broke ground in 2009 and is slated to open in December, on time and on budget. The $887 million bond that funds construction passed with a historic 84 percent of the vote in 2008.
Now that the building is almost complete, efforts to fundraise for the furniture, equipment and technology move front and center. The SFGH Foundation has been leading this work with private philanthropy, in partnership with the city’s commitment to support this essential part of delivering a beautiful new and fully functional hospital to the community.
The capital campaign will be announced next week, at the Heroes & Hearts luncheon on Feb 12 on the field at AT&T Park. (Tickets are still available for that event, as well as the evening party, Hearts After Dark, at www.sfghf.org)
By pledging their support of The General, Priscilla and Mark are helping to ensure that San Francisco remains a city for everyone, with a strong safety net, world-class trauma care and top-flight services for the entire community.
Their commitment is a testament to the great work you do every day, serving our patients with the utmost professionalism, compassion and respect. Congratulations, one and all!
Sue Currin, CEO of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Sue Carlisle, Vice Dean UCSF