About Us

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

We are proud to remain at the forefront of quality health care in San Francisco. For three consecutive years, from 2014-16, St. Mary’s received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, and we’ve been named a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission. We believe in our city. We started health care in San Francisco. We believe in kindness. Through charity, advocacy, and compassion, we want to spread humankindness beyond our hospital walls.
And we are proud to be affiliated with UCSF Health to provide convenient, highly specialized care to our community.

Our History

Our story begins in 1831 and continues today, with St. Mary's Medical Center being the oldest continuously operating hospital in San Francisco.


Patient safety and care is important to St. Mary's Medical Center, and it shows. 

Insurance Plans Accepted

Dignity Health is pleased to accept various health insurance plans including HMOs, PPOs, Covered CA plans and Medi-Cal plans.

Community Benefit

St. Mary’s is committed to helping our community in meaningful and measurable ways.

Residency Programs

We sponsor accredited residency programs in three specialties – internal medicine, orthopedics and podiatry.

Be a Volunteer

Volunteers work in a variety of areas in the hospital as they help us and the community.

Mission, Vision & Values

Dignity Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus, and in providing high-quality, affordable health care to the communities we serve.

End of Life Option Act

The law hasn’t changed Dignity Health’s perspective or the way we offer care.