MEDIA ADVISORY: SF Mayor, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, UCSF Gather for Ceremonial Signing to Advance City’s Health Mission

What: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the Department of Public Health and ZSFG physicians, researchers and patients will come together this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, for a ceremonial signing at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center to celebrate the City’s approval of an ordinance that enables the world-class UCSF research enterprise at ZSFG to continue.

The ordinance allows UCSF to construct a start-of-the art $188 million research and academic building on the ZSFG campus, complementing the new ZSFG hospital and soon-to-be renovated ambulatory care building.  UCSF’s investment, coupled with the City’s $1 billion investment in ZSFG, ensures that the City’s only Level 1 Trauma Center -- and one of the nation’s premiere community hospitals -- will continue to serve all San Franciscans with excellent care for years to come.

Construction of a new research and academic building on the ZSFG campus ensures a home for UCSF’s leading physician-researchers based at ZSFG and the world-renowned discoveries that define ZSFG worldwide. 

In the face of an uncertain health care environment at the national level, the new development is a recommitment to public health in San Francisco and a testament to the 150-year public health partnership between the City and UCSF – a partnership unique to San Francisco.

When: 11 a.m., Monday, February 13, 2017

Where:  Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110. Note: After parking, please enter through the 23rd street gate and meet in the lobby of the new hospital for escort to the press event.

Interview, photo, and video opportunities: interview world class physicians-researchers and patients they have treated.

Why: UCSF’s partnership with ZSFG dates back nearly 150 years. UCSF faculty members provide all physician care at ZSFG while also conducting breakthrough health research that has dramatically improved the care received by the hospital’s own patients and had a transformative national and global impact.

The research building will enable ZSFG:

1. To maintain its designation as the City’s sole Level 1 Trauma Center, a rank reserved by the American College of Surgeons for the highest-quality, most comprehensive trauma treatment centers. ZSFG trauma specialists treat more than 4,000 patients with critical injuries each year – victims of car crashes, bike accidents, on-site work accidents, etc.

2. To retain and attract the world-class UCSF physicians/researchers who choose to work at ZSFG because of its public mission in patient care and the opportunity to do research in support of that mission.

3. To maintain the ZSFG-UCSF 150-year partnership: Carrying out patient care and research aimed at improving the health for local vulnerable populations – those most susceptible to cancer, asthma, diabetes and heart disease – as well as advancing research on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury and other conditions that affect the general public in San Francisco and populations worldwide.

“In recent years, City taxpayers and philanthropists have made a significant investment in ZSFG’s new main building and ambulatory care center,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “Now, with the Supervisors’ unanimous support of the new research building, and UCSF’s funding, UCSF and ZSFG are in a position to continue their mission of improving the health of the people of San Francisco and beyond well into the 21st century.”

About Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center: Part of the San Francisco Health Network, Zuckerberg San Francisco General is an essential component of San Francisco’s health care system serving over 100,000 patients each year and providing 20 percent of the city’s inpatient care. Recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals, it serves the community with a full complement of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and psychiatric services for adults and children 24‐hours a day. Zuckerberg San Francisco General is San Francisco’s safety net hospital, the city’s only trauma center and a top academic medical center, with medical staff from the faculty of internationally‐renowned UCSF. More information is available at: http://www.zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org.

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.