Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have made a very generous donation to the San Francisco General Hospital!
According to PR Newswire, the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) will receive a grant of $75 million from the couple. The grant, believed to be the largest the foundation has received in its entire history, will be going toward the San Francisco General Hospital and new Trauma Center. The donation will help to provide state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the new building, which is set to open in December of this year. It will also help support the foundation in being able to support the hospital and its patients, as well as the foundation’s efforts to increase awareness about the impact the hospital is having throughout the community.
“Through my training at The General, I know firsthand the vital health care and trauma services this hospital provides to anyone who lives, works or travels through San Francisco,” Priscilla said. “Day in and day out, I witness the compassion and dedication of my colleagues as they work tirelessly to deliver the best available care to all of our patients. Mark and I are proud to support such an important public hospital.” Mark added: “Priscilla and I believe that everyone deserves access to high quality health care. The General serves anyone who lives, works in or visits San Francisco. We can think of no better place to focus our philanthropy in San Francisco than The General. The Bay Area is our home, we work here, we live here, and we want to invest in efforts that can make a difference in people’s lives here.”
“We are profoundly grateful to Mark and Priscilla for their support and investment in The General and its future. We know that private philanthropy is increasingly important for public hospitals and public health and expect Mark and Priscilla’s leadership to inspire additional private support from the San Francisco community,” said Amanda Heier, CEO of the Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work with them to support our hospital and community for generations to come.”
Wow, that’s extremely generous! That money will definitely have a tremendous impact on the hospital and the patients that it serves.
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