About the 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.

The entrance to the historic Esther Hellman hospital on the Mount Zion campus
The restored facade of the Esther Hellman Building, the first hospital built on the Mt. Zion campus.

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.

The growing network of outpatient services at Mount Zion includes AudiologyCochlear Implant CenterOtolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)DermatologyHeadache Center, Asian Heart and Vascular Center, and adult and pediatric primary care, as well as an outpatient surgery center. 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, National Center of Excellence in Women’s HealthSleep Disorders Center and Pain Management Center.

What's Located Here

Asian Heart and Vascular Center

The UCSF Asian Heart and Vascular Center is a cardiovascular care hub for the Asian community, the fastest-growing population in San Francisco.

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Center of Excellence in Women's Health

The UCSF Women's Health Center provides comprehensive, specialized care for women's health issues and is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care.

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Department of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology aims to be a world leader in the care of skin and patients with skin diseases through outstanding clinical service, education and training, and research.

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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first center in the Bay Area to receive the prestigious designation of "comprehensive" from the National Cancer Institute and treats all forms of cancer.

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Occupational Health Services

The Occupational Health Program integrates medical surveillance, risk assessment, clinical occupational health services, and disability management to improve the occupational health and safety of the UCSF community.

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Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine combines modern medicine with established healing practices from around the world. 

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Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Specialty Clinics

The Otolaryngology Specialty Clinics care for patients with a number of different ear, nose, and throat needs.

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Pain Management Center

The UCSF Pain Management Center at Mount Zion provides care for patients with complicated and chronic medical, surgical or neurological pain.

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Pediatrics at Mount Zion

Pediatrics at Mount Zion provides routine health examinations, treatment for acutely ill children and consultations for difficult to diagnose problems.

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Sleep Disorders Center

The UCSF Sleep Disorders Center offers a comprehensive range of services and treatments for conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia, periodic limb movements, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and snoring.

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UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is home to outpatient clinics, surgery facilities and support services for both patients and families.

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Resources

Classes, Workshops, and Therapeutic Programs

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers a variety of public classes, workshops, and therapeutic programs that emphasize patient empowerment and whole-person healing.

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Fishbon Library

The Fishbon Library supports the education and research needs of nurses and non-academic staff, and connects patients and families with trusted health information.

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