UCSF recently hosted the dedication of the Connie Frank Transplant Center, bringing into reality an idea that philanthropic visionary, Connie Frank, first conceptualized in 2006.
Frank, a patient advocate and owner of Frank Family Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery, recognized a need for patients and their care-givers in the transplant service at UCSF.
“When the patients come to the clinic, they are receiving world-class treatment, but they need a space that gives them a better sense of comfort and care,” she said.
Thanks to her generosity, patients will feel that sense of comfort when the Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF opens its doors on today (June 14) at the Parnassus campus.
The 10,300-square-foot renovated center located on the seventh floor of the Ambulatory Care Center will house five faculty and 38 staff members. During the course of the year, faculty will consult with more than 3,000 patients.
Throughout the nearly two year-long design and building process, Frank and her husband, Evan Thompson, were involved every step of the way in the renovation of the facility.
Nancy Ascher, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, smiles at the dedication event on May 22.
“Connie’s keen sense of design and detail has transformed the space into what it is today- an incredible place for our patients and their families, as well as our faculty and staff,” said John Roberts, MD, professor and chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery.
Upon entering the redesigned space, patients and visitors are welcomed by staff and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. The design incorporates filtered daylight and framed views to provide a constant connection to the outside. Exam and consultation rooms are located along the perimeter of the building and are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Photos by Carmen Holt