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Statement from Dignity Health on Discussions with UCSF Health

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San Francisco, Calif. (July 14, 2023) – Dignity Health can confirm we have entered into discussions with UCSF Health to explore transferring ownership of our clinical presence in San Francisco, including St. Mary’s Medical Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, and associated outpatient and urgent care clinics.

Like Dignity Health, UCSF Health has a strong legacy of serving the San Francisco community, and we are encouraged about the opportunity for our care sites to join a health system so closely aligned with our values. We believe UCSF Health is well positioned to serve the community's needs well into the future, and is the right partner to continue our legacy of caring for the underserved.

This decision was not made lightly. Our commitment to serve the City’s healthcare needs began with the Sisters of Mercy of America more than 150 years ago. We are honored to be the provider of choice for generations of San Franciscans.

While we are at the very beginning of this process and discussions with UCSF Health will continue for several months, we are committed to keeping our employees, physicians and the community informed. Most importantly, throughout the process our patients will continue to receive the same high-quality care they have come to expect.

Julie Sprengel
Dignity Health California Division

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About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital 

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been providing exceptional health care in San Francisco for more than 100 years. As San Francisco’s only downtown hospital, Saint Francis is uniquely situated to care for international and domestic visitors, as well as the residents that make up San Francisco’s diverse population. Located atop Nob Hill, Saint Francis is home to the largest burn center in Northern California, the Bothin Burn Center, the Saint Francis Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, the Gender Institute and the Center for Pain Management, to name a few. 

About St. Mary’s Medical Center 

St. Mary's Medical Center, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and part of Dignity Health, has cared for the people of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1857, when it was founded by eight Sisters of Mercy from Ireland. We are an accredited, not-for-profit hospital located across the street from Golden Gate Park. As a full-service facility, we're home to the nation’s first digital cardiac catheterization laboratory, innovative orthopedic and spine care, state-of-the-art cancer center, and comprehensive rehabilitation programs.


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Friday, July 14, 2023

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