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The Mount Zion Campus

Mount Zion Hospital was established in 1887 by the San Francisco Jewish community as a non-profit hospital to render "medical and surgical aid and service to the needy and distressed sick of the community ... without regard to race or creed."

Today, Mount Zion continues its involvement in teaching, research and patient care as a campus of the UCSF Medical Center. It is an innovative hub of specialized outpatient clinics, surgery services and comprehensive cancer care. It also is home to a variety of support services for patients and their families.

History of Mount Zion Hospital

The original Mount Zion Hospital was established as a community hospital in San Francisco in 1887. A new facility, known as the Hellman Building, was constructed on Post Street in the early 1900s, and this building is now part of UCSF Mount Zion. A block party in June 2011 celebrated the building’s 100th anniversary.

Mount Zion Hospital began its association with the University of California in the late 1920s, when its medical services expanded significantly and it became a teaching hospital affiliated with UC Medical School (later named UCSF School of Medicine). UCSF acquired the hospital in 1990, and developed the facility over the next few years into a second major clinical site, with an emphasis on outpatient care, under the name UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion.

Throughout the 20th century, Mount Zion Hospital had a key role in providing health care to area residents and in advancing medical care through research.

During the flu epidemic of 1918, the hospital treated 100-plus patients a day, and in the 1940s, it provided care to thousands of Jewish refugees. In the 1950s, cardiologists Meyer Friedman, MD, and Ray Rosenman, MD, began studying risk factors for coronary disease, eventually defining the syndrome known as “Type A” behavior and bringing national attention to the hospital. In 1976, the hospital opened the first alternative birth center in San Francisco, and 10 years later opened the city’s first hospital-based comprehensive women’s health center.

Advanced Levels of Patient Care

Located in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood, about 2.5 miles from the medical center’s Parnassus site, Mount Zion is home to a vibrant community of UCSF faculty, staff, students, patients and other visitors that totals about 3,200 on a daily basis.

“UCSF Mount Zion is all about excellent patient care, and this extends into a patient-centric environment that has been designed to be accessible and supportive to all visitors,” said Jeffrey Pearl, MD, UCSF clinical professor of surgery and associate chief medical officer at UCSF Mount Zion. “The original Mount Zion Hospital has a rich history of serving the public, and this has not been lost on today’s patient care teams at UCSF Mount Zion. They have a strong sense of community, and it shows in the way this medical center operates.”

The growing network of outpatient services at Mount Zion includes Audiology, Cochlear Implant Center, Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)Dermatology, Headache Center, Asian Heart and Vascular Center, and adult and pediatric primary care, as well as a surgery center for both inpatients and outpatients. Support services include a patient health library and the award-winning Art for Recovery program,which is designed to support patients and others in the UCSF community through the arts.

Mount Zion serves as the main base for diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, and maintains a state-of-the-art outpatient center providing one-stop care by a team of specialists. The overall excellence of the cancer patient care program has earned UCSF Medical Center top ranking for this specialty.

Mount Zion also is home to the Cancer Risk Program, which provides genetic counseling to families with a history of cancer and is the largest and most comprehensive service of this type in Northern California, and the Cancer Resource Center, which maintains a library of information resources and hosts support groups and workshops for patients and their families.

Other specialized centers at Mount Zion include the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Sports Medicine Center, National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Sleep Disorders Center and Pain Management Center.