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Saint Francis Foundation awards DaVinci XI surgical robot to Hospital: Learn more in this quarter’s Board Brief

Foundation News & Updates


Fall 2020

Your quarterly charitable check-up
from the Saint Francis Foundation Board of Directors

This is the second in a new series of quarterly updates from the Saint Francis Foundation Board of Directors. These “regular check-ups” demonstrate how funds are being spent to support health care in San Francisco. 

Here is the second quarter Board Brief with Board Member Michele Hanson and special guest Dr. Heidi Wittenberg, Medical Director, Gender Institute at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.


Board Brief, Fall 2020: Using innovation to improve the patient experience

This quarter we award Saint Francis Memorial Hospital an updated DaVinci XI surgical robot to perform minimally invasive surgeries in gynecology, urology and other health care areas. The flexible arms of this surgical tool create much more positive outcomes for patients, including less bleeding, less pain and faster recovery times.

Your support allows us to provide these important advancements in health care.

With gratitude,
2020-21 Board of Directors, Saint Francis Foundation

Scott Taylor, Board Chair
Daniella Vallurupalli, Vice Chair
Jim Aleveras
Arjun Arora
Deanna Berzins
Johnny Boynton
Matt Brady
Ed Conlon
Elsie Fletcher
Richard Grossman, M.D.
Michele Hanson
Brandi Bentley Hudson
Aneesh Krishna
Nili Malach Poynter
Frank Malin, M.D.
Chris Meza
Nicole Prieto
Victor Prieto, M.D.
Sarita Satpathy, M.D.
Kate Smith
Joanne Sun, M.D.
Paul Tormey
Aneal Vallurupalli