For more than 100 years, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has been at the forefront of serving our community during times of crisis, trouble or danger. In the past, the Foundation has funded the Emergency Department and the Bothin Burn Center during the HIV epidemic, earthquakes, fires, and mental health and substance use crises.
However, even with the most careful planning and preparedness, communities – and the institutions which serve them – can be overwhelmed quickly by large-scale humanitarian crises and pandemics.
In light of the unfolding COVID-19 health care crisis, the Foundation is stepping up to support our community hospital and the tireless doctors and nurses who keep our patients safe and healthy.
We have created a Community Crisis Response Fund to support the Hospital and other community based organizations during critical times stemming from infectious disease, natural disasters, violence or periods of prolonged and intense public emergency response.
Once again, the Hospital finds itself in a critical leadership role. Saint Francis will now serve as San Francisco’s first dedicated COVID-19 treatment hospital. The selection means that once medical practitioners at other area hospitals and clinics determine a patient needs to be treated for COVID-19, those patients will be transferred to Saint Francis to receive care. The Hospital receives no funding from the City for this service.
This new initiative includes two recent funds totaling half a million dollars in support of the Hospital and its staff:
Triage Center Critical Supplies Fund
With the active support of our donors, the Foundation will fund up to $250,000 to provide immediate back-up cash for the Hospital’s triage center. Saint Francis has converted the Pierotti Pavilion into a temporary emergency center for handling anticipated overflow from the ICU and Emergency Room. We want to ensure that the Hospital can access supplies and other materials needed in order to support an influx of patients.
Hospital Staff Emergency Relief Fund
With support of patients, friends and donors, the Foundation has made available up to $250,000 for small grants to provide emergency relief to our hardworking hospital staff who have incurred unexpected personal expenses due to this health care crisis. Being on the frontlines they are asked to make sacrifices to be available and work more hours to meet the needs of our community, and they have done so without question. These grants will range from $1,000 – $5,000 and will be given to support unforeseen costs such as child care, elder care, transportation, school supplies, meals or other necessities. To date, more than 60 requests for staff support have been received, and we anticipate many more.
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital relies on the support of generous patients and friends, especially during crisis situations like this. We know this crisis affects us all and we appreciate your strength, courage and dedication to your community during this difficult time.
The role of Saint Francis Foundation is to support efforts that strengthen our community hospital and make a deep contribution to the kind of groundbreaking and vital health care this complex and vibrant city deserves.
Join us in this effort.