The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has announced a $75 million gift from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, in support of a new acute care and trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital.
Made through the couple's donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the gift — the largest ever to SFGHF — will be used to purchase critical state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the new center and convert the existing hospital building into an ambulatory care facility. The gift also will be used to provide operating support to the hospital, which serves more than a hundred thousand patients a year. In recognition of the gift, the acute care and trauma center will be renamed after the couple.
The new center will feature two additional trauma rooms and three new operating rooms. In addition, the emergency department will be doubled in size and, in the event of a major emergency, have the capacity to hold more than four times as many beds as the current ER. Other enhancements include private rooms for 90 percent of patients, an additional twenty-eight intensive care beds, two new palliative care rooms, four pediatric exam rooms, and a dedicated pediatric waiting room.
"Priscilla and I believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality health care. The General serves anyone who lives, works in, or visits San Francisco. We can think of no better place to focus our philanthropy in San Francisco than the General," said Zuckerberg. "The Bay Area is our home. We work here, we live here, and we want to invest in efforts that can make a difference in people’s lives here."