Mark Zuckerberg and his wife give $75M to San Francisco hospital

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, MD, will give $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the largest safety-net provider and only trauma center in the city.

The grant, which is the biggest single gift the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has received since its establishment in 1994, will pay for critical equipment and technology for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center's new acute care and trauma center, slated to open in December of this year, according to a news release. It will also assist in converting the existing hospital building into an ambulatory care facility and allow the foundation to give ongoing support to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, which serves 100,000 patients each year, the release reads.

The grant comes in addition to an $887.4 million bond voters approved to begin the process of building a new facility.

The new facility will feature 90 percent private patient rooms, 28 more intensive care beds, two additional trauma rooms, three more operating rooms, and a new emergency department that will be twice the size of the existing one, according to a news release.

Also, two additional palliative care rooms, four pediatric exam rooms and one dedicated pediatric waiting room in the emergency department.

The new hospital will be named Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. 

Dr. Chan, who is in pediatric residency at the University of California at San Francisco and has trained at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said in a statement that she has personal knowledge of the hospital's services, and that she and her husband "are proud to support such an important public hospital."

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