No. 5-00

Approving A Proposal To Fund the Seismic, Life Safety and Critical Facility Improvement Project, Through General Obligation Bonds In the Amount Of $97 Million, To Be Placed On the Ballot For November 2000

WHEREAS, the Department of Public Health has identified seismic, life safety, and critical facility improvement projects needed at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and the Department of Public Health's primary care clinics in a General Obligation Bond proposal for $97 million; and,

WHEREAS, the bond proposal contains:  1) seismic upgrade of San Francisco General Hospital, as required by the Seismic Safety Act, to be completed by 2008, and will allow the main hospital to be used as an acute care facility until the year 2030;  2) construction of an ambulatory care and research facility to relocate ambulatory care clinics from obsolete facilities to modern clinical treatment space for primary care, urgent care and specialty care, including AIDS/HIV outpatient services, and will also provide a site for UCSF clinical faculty at SFGH to perform medical research;  3) construction of increased outpatient space at SFGH, including the construction of a public health laboratory,  improvements to patient access to clinics and specialty services, and upgrades to critical life safety systems and other infrastructure improvements; and 4)  capital improvements to existing primary care centers to expand clinical space, improve life safety systems, improve American Disabilities Act accommodation; and other infrastructure improvements; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Public Health presented these project in its initial facility assessment report to the Health Commission at its meeting of March 7, 2000, and has included many of these projects in prior annual capital improvement budget submissions; and,

WHEREAS, the Health Commission adopted Resolution #20-98 in April 1998, directing the Department of Public Health to develop a new ambulatory care and research center at San Francisco General Hospital; and,

WHEREAS, the recommendations of the Finance Subcommittee of the Department of Public Health's Strategic Planning Process approved by the Health Commission in December 1999, included a recommendation that the Department of Public Health develop long term strategies to fund Department of Public Health infrastructure requirements, including consideration of a bond proposal to rebuild and renovate existing health facilities; and,

WHEREAS, the annual operating budgets of the Department of Public Health are insufficient to fund the required renovation and infrastructure improvements needed at Department of Public Health facilities; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Health Commission approves the seismic, life safety and critical facility improvement bond project, and urges the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to approve the General Obligation Bond proposal, for submission to the voters for the November 2000 ballot.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, May 30, 2000.

Sandy Ouye Mori, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission