Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Dr Priscilla Chan, is set to provide a $75m grant for US-based San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, which will be used for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Centre (The General).
The fund will be used to complete the General’s new acute care and trauma centre, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said: "This grant illustrates my call for 21st Century philanthropy and is a game changer for the rebuild of San Francisco General, leveraging more investment for state-of-the-art technology to treat some of the most critically injured patients and deliver innovative high quality, compassionate patient care."
The new hospital will comprise two additional trauma rooms and three more operating rooms, as well as a new emergency department with double space than the existing one, adding more beds to deal with emergency cases.
Other developments in the hospital will include 90% private patient rooms, 28 more intensive care beds, two additional palliative care rooms, four paediatric exam rooms and one paediatric waiting room in the emergency department.
The latest grant follows earlier investment made by the local authority in 2008, with $887.4m bond approved by voters to begin the process of building a new facility.
Apart from enabling to provide ongoing support to the General, and to the more than 100,000 patients it serves each year, the grant will support the foundation’s efforts to increase awareness in public health throughout the community.
Image: San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Photo: courtesy of Perretti & Park.