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Dignity Health merges with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and rebrands as CommonSpirit Health.



The expansion and refurbishment of the Gwendolyn Walsh Emergency Department — made possible through a Foundation gift of $11 million — nearly doubles capacity at the City’s second busiest emergency room serving more than 30,000 patients a year, and enables expanded expertise in heart, neurology, orthopedics, and surgery services.

SFF Entrance



The Pierotti Pavilion opens thanks to the support and generosity of long-time benefactors Roland and Alice Pierotti. The new Pavilion cements the Hospital’s standing as a high-quality patient care institution serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area, with specialty areas for urgent care, sports medicine, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiology, and emergency and lab services.



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.

SFF 1911



The new Saint Francis Hospital opens at its present location at Hyde and Bush streets in the heart of San Francisco. The founders restructure as a not-for-profit and add “Memorial” to the name.

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.



Noted physicians Jean Haddad, Gerry Gary and Hugh Vincent establish the Saint Francis Foundation, converting the Hospital’s endowment fund into an independent, physician-led charitable organization. The new Foundation enlists an esteemed group of Bay Area business leaders and philanthropists to support its mission. Since 1979, the Saint Francis Foundation has provided more than $90 million in vital funding for programs and services that benefit Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and the communities it serves.

SFF Lobby



The Foundation oversees the donation by SFMH physicians and brothers Ben and Jess Shenson of 48 original oil paintings by renowned California artist Theodore Wores. The artworks are placed on public view in the Drs. Ben and Jess Shenson Memorial Gallery in the Perrotti Lobby.



The Saint Francis Foundation partners with the Hospital and convenes a diverse group of non-profit, private, and public agency partners to develop a multi-year strategic approach to improve health outcomes in the Tenderloin. Over the next five years, the Foundation provides essential administrative support and programmatic funding to the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP).

Hob Nob 2022


Hob Nob 2022

HOB NOB - DECEMBER 3RD, 7PM 2022 Thank you to all who attended Hob Nob! Together we honored the great work of our medical staff at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. We are grateful for your support to Saint Francis Foundation. As a result of the funds raised, we can make a difference in the lives…