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Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Opens San Francisco’s First Designated COVID-19 Unit

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Hospital's Sixth Floor Could House Up to 40 Patients

SAN FRANCISCO (April 6, 2020) — Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has opened the city’s first COVID-19 treatment unit in response to the current public health emergency. The unit, opening today, is staffed through a partnership between Dignity Health, UCSF Health, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Opening with ten beds, the unit has the capacity to expand to 40 beds along with eight intensive care beds.

“There has never been a more important time for hospitals to work together, and I’m grateful that here in San Francisco our many health systems have a long history of partnering to keep San Franciscans healthy,” said President and CEO David Klein, MD, MBA. “Saint Francis is proud to provide a dedicated unit for this important work.”

A public health issue of COVID-19’s magnitude must be addressed with creative solutions. The Hospital Council—comprised of health care organizations working in tandem with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Mayor’s Office—has been working to identify solutions since the beginning of this crisis. This collaborative effort to create a dedicated care center for COVID-19 patients will help ensure hospital care is available for anyone who needs it.

“Dedicated physicians, nurses, and other caregivers in hospitals across the city are working tirelessly to keep our patients and communities safe and healthy,” continued Dr. Klein. “They have our gratitude and support as they work to flatten this pandemic’s curve.” 


About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been providing exceptional healthcare in San Francisco for more than 100 years. Located atop Nob Hill and adjacent to the Tenderloin District, Saint Francis is home to one of the City’s busiest emergency rooms, the Bothin Burn Center—the largest burn unit in Northern California—as well as the Saint Francis Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, and the Gender Institute. With its close proximity to downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis also specializes in Occupational Health and Emergency Medicine. Saint Francis has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Hip/Knee Replacement Surgery and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. For more information, call (415) 353-6000 or visit

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Monday, April 06, 2020

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