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.
With Foundation support, the Hospital opens the first COVID-19 Critical Care Unit in San Francisco. The Foundation allocates funding to the Hospital throughout the pandemic, including providing needs-based grants to 150 employees suffering from financial hardship.
In response to evolving surgical innovations, the Foundation funds the first da Vinci® XI robot for minimally invasive robotic surgeries.
The Gender Institute opens with the support of world-renowned doctors and surgeons. The Foundation has funded this groundbreaking Institute since its inception, providing grants for surgical equipment, physician and staff training and education, and community peer-to-peer navigation services. The world-class facility provides a comprehensive continuum of care to transgender patients and their families throughout the pre- and post-operative process.
Just eight months after receiving its first patients, Saint Francis is rocked by the devastating San Francisco Earthquake. The Hospital building on Mission Street is destroyed by fire, with staff relocating patients by railcar to the deserted Heywood Mansion in San Mateo and then to two private homes in San Francisco as plans are made to rebuild.
The History of Saint Francis Foundation The 1900s… 1905 1905 The founders’ vision for “the finest private Hospital west of Chicago” is informed through visits to acclaimed medical facilities on the East Coast, including Mount Zion, Massachusetts General and Johns Hopkins. 1905 Saint Francis Hospital is founded as a for-profit Hospital by five prominent San…