Peek inside new SF General Hospital: 2x emergency beds, more trauma, operating rooms, roof garden. Opens spring 2016 pic.twitter.com/B5RLVyCvSH— Juan Carlos Guerrero (@JuanCarlosABC7) November 17, 2015
Even though it won't open for patient care until the spring, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the brand new Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, which is now officially a mouthful. As they announced in February, Zuckerberg and Chan (who is a pediatrician) gave $75 million of the $887 million that it cost to build the new hospital, which as the Business Times reports is "full of natural light" and is "a far cry from the current inpatient building, a decidedly utilitarian 1970s-era concrete building that will be converted to outpatient use after the new building opens."
90 percent of the 284 new patient rooms are private, and the building includes a new ER that is twice the size of the existing one.
Each floor has a different color theme, as shown via a nursing station here, and each floor gets its own SF icon, e.g. "the Presidio for the ground floor, Ocean Beach for the second, and Golden Gate for the seventh."
The new hospital gets its official dedication this weekend, as the Chron reports, and the Zuckerberg-Chan gift was personally motivated for Chan, who did her pediatric residency at SF General specifically because of its training programs for treating underprivileged children. Their $75 million went specifically toward furnishing and outfitting the hospital with equipment.