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February 06, 2015

New S.F. Hospital Gets $75-Million From Zuckerberg and Chan

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have donated $75-million to San Francisco General Hospital to fund critical equipment and advanced medical technology at its new building, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The gift is believed to be the largest in raw dollars to a U.S. public hospital.

The safety-net medical center, set to open at the end of the year in a new, nine-story building on the site of the original, 1970s-era facility, will be rechristened the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. A voter-approved $887.4-million bond measure is financing construction of the hospital but not ongoing operational costs. The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has been raising money to cover those expenses.