Resolution:

No. 1-01

Supporting the Rebuilding of San Francisco General Hospital

WHEREAS, San Francisco General Hospital, as one of the nationís leading public hospitals, has continuously provided for over one hundred years a wide range of ambulatory and acute care services to generations of San Francisco residents; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco General Hospital has received national and international recognition for excellence in services, such as AIDS care, primary care, specialty care, women and childrenís services, psychiatric services, trauma, clinical research and teaching; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco General Hospital, through its long-standing affiliation with the University of California at San Francisco, has been the nucleus for medical research in the areas of AIDS/HIV, lung biology, infectious diseases, neurology, and other healthcare concerns vital to the citizens of San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS, the highly regarded staff of San Francisco General Hospital provides an essential service through direct clinical care and through related medical research of diseases affecting the residents of San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco General Hospital provides significant services for the Community Health Network, a citywide network of facilities organized to provide healthcare services spanning a continuum of care; and,

WHEREAS, California Senate Bill 1953 requires all California acute care hospitals to have performed all seismic improvements to existing buildings by the year 2008, and have available a seismically conforming building for acute patient care before the year 2030 or be revoked of their acute care license; and,

WHEREAS, California Senate Bill 1803 (Speier) allows hospitals to defer seismic improvements to existing hospital buildings by 2008, provided a conforming building is in place by 2013; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco General Hospitalís Main Building has been categorized as Structural Performance Category 1 (SPC 1), and currently does not comply with SB 1953 regulations; and,

WHEREAS, the definition of SPC 1 states "Buildings posing a significant risk of collapse and a danger to the public;" and,

WHEREAS, it is unlikely that any interim retrofit structural/non-structural work achieved in the existing building by the year 2008 deadline of SB 1953 regulations would meet the year 2030 deadline of having a seismically conforming building for acute patient care; and,

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Department of Public Health within its Strategic Planning recognizes the importance of San Francisco General Hospital in providing services to the community and supports the continued future of its role; and,

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Health Commission supports the rebuilding of San Francisco General Hospital so that a new conforming building will be in place by the year 2013 (Speier);

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Health Commission supports the creation of a Planning Committee to bring recommendations on how to rebuild San Francisco General Hospital to the Health Commission, Board of Supervisors and the Mayor; and,

WHEREAS, the San Francisco General Hospital Rebuild Planning Committee will be formed to make programmatic, technical and financial recommendations on the rebuilding of the Hospital and the use of the Campus; and,

WHEREAS, the San Francisco General Hospital Rebuild Planning Committee and its sub-committees will be diverse and represent the perspective of the consumers, providers, advocates, community-based organizations, labor, business and other interested parties, now, therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Health Commission supports the rebuilding of San Francisco General Hospital by the year 2013, and the formation of the San Francisco General Hospital Rebuild Planning Committee to develop a plan to respond to the physical plant issues at San Francisco General Hospital in a timely manner.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of January 9, 2001.

Sandy Ouye Mori, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission