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The Foundation provides funding to build and expand the Hospital’s acclaimed Spine Center, increasing access and outcomes for a practice model targeting chronic pain and back relief.



The Foundation embarks on the Project 84 capital campaign, ultimately raising more than $3.5 million for Hospital renovations and improvements. The campaign results in new surgical pre- and post-operative care areas, a larger Bothin Burn Center, and the new Psychiatric Unit.

Mayor Newsom with Bella Farrow



The Saint Francis Foundation hosts the first Hob Nob on the Hill, a mainstay of San Francisco’s holiday season founded by Foundation donor and board member Bella Farrow. The event is conceived following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake to galvanize community support for the Hospital’s patient and crisis services.

Founders of SFMH



Saint Francis Hospital is founded as a for-profit Hospital by five prominent San Francisco physicians: Drs. John Gallwey, Frank Ainsworth, Walter Coffey, M.O. Austin, and W. I. Terry. The original five-story, 50-bed Saint Francis Hospital opens in the Mission District in August and quickly becomes the preeminent hospital for families throughout San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. The facility includes a Nursing School with onsite dormitories, along with the latest surgical equipment and patient amenities.

CT Scanner



The Foundation provides $1.9 million for an updated a state-of-the art CT Scanner which provides faster, more efficient 3-D imaging and fluoroscopic techniques.

Newly decorated room 1953



The Hospital builds the East Wing on Bush Street, adding facilities for an in-patient psychiatric unit and devoting space for the renowned Bothin Burn Center, today the largest dedicated burn center in Northern California serving more than 500 patients each year.

1969 12 story tower



A new 12-story tower is added to the Bush Street footprint to meet the increasing demand for the Hospital’s surgical and rehabilitation services. The Tower houses all in-patient services and facilities.

SFF logo



The Hospital creates an endowment fund, which eventually becomes the basis for the establishment of the Saint Francis Foundation as an independent non-profit 30 years later.



In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, the Foundation and Catholic Healthcare West help ensure a continuum of care outside of the Hospital setting, with support for nonprofits including Glide Health Clinic, St. Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic, Curry Senior Center and the Bay Area Woman and Children’s Center.

Child smiling



Rally Family Visitation Services are started at the Hospital. The Foundation provides annual funding to this innovative supervised visitation program serving more than 900 Bay Area children and their parents each year.