Priscilla Chan and hubby Mark Zuckerberg made an incredibly generous donation to San Francisco General Hospital. The couple donated $75 million, which is said to be the largest single donation made by individuals to a U.S. public hospital.
There was a very personal reason for the donation–at least on behalf of Priscilla Chan. She worked at the hospital for several years as part of her pediatric residency.
“Day in and day out, I witness the compassion and dedication of my colleagues as they work tirelessly to deliver the best available care to all of our patients,” Chan said in a statement released Friday through the hospital foundation. “Mark and I are proud to support such an important public hospital.”
Known as “The General,” the hospital is in the process of rebuilding, which will include the creation of a nine-story, 453,000-square foot main hospital and new trauma center. It’s scheduled to open in December.
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“We are so fortunate that our work in connecting the world through Facebook has given us the ability to give back to our local community, our country and the world–and to work to improve education, health care and internet access for everyone,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “To serve our community in San Francisco, we can think of no better place to focus than The General.”
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg will become namesakes as well as donors of money to “The General.” It will be known as the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. It is set to be fully open in December.
Kudos to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan for donating to a hospital that will not only heal the sick but will also provide trauma care to those with life threatening injuries in the San Francisco area.