reprinted from Issue 10, Spring 2010 of Frontiers of Medicine (PDF)
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On a bright autumn day last October, UCSF leaders joined San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for the ground-breaking of a new San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) to replace the existing public hospital, where more than 1,500 UCSF faculty and staff treat patients and conduct life sciences research.
Designed by Fong & Chan Architects, the new, nine-story, 448,000-square-foot hospital with 284 acute-care beds will be built amid the medical center’s historic red brick buildings on the Potrero Avenue campus. The new hos- pital is projected to cost $887.4 million, and is scheduled to open by 2015.
The groundbreaking represents a major milestone in the long partnership between UCSF and SFGH, a public hospital owned by the City and County of San Francisco and operated by the Department of Public Health’s Community Health Network.
“At SFGH, our doctors provide health care to the city’s most vulnerable patients, while the hospital provides a multicultural training ground for the school’s educational programs and a rich research environment,” says Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs.
SFGH operates the city’s only level I trauma center, and has specialized equipment and experts available around the clock to treat the most critically injured patients. The designation also requires SFGH to conduct clinical research to advance the care of patients with life-threatening injuries.