HEARTS IN SF
Attendees: 1,042 households
Impact: $1.5 million for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital health programs
Gala guests, tuning in from home, dolled up in an array of red-hot ensembles for the Hearts in SF fundraiser. This annual event stars an auction of heart sculptures, designed by local artists, to benefit Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s mission of health equity, social justice and access for all.
Led by chairwoman Janis MacKenzie with co-chairs Alex Rosenblatt and Bob Tandler (and assists from San Francisco General Hospital Foundation trustees Judy Guggenhime and Pam Baer), supporters supped on gourmet McCall’s box dinners at “tables” that connected friends virtually, as emcee Renel Brooks- Moon (“Voice of the Giants”) expertly toggled between live and taped segments honoring heroic hospital programs: Empowered by Heart SF, the Richard H. Fine People’s Clinic and Solid Start.
Video tributes and appearances were piped in, including stellar music sets by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and jazz artist Kim Nalley, each accompanied by stellar taped music segments.
Foundation CEO Kim Meredith led a conversation with ZSFGH CEO Dr. Susan Ehrlich and Dr. Robert Rodriguez, an emergency room physician who recently served on President Biden’s COVID-19 transition task force.
As the City’s only Level 1 trauma center, the general is always a hive of ER activity, as well as a public safety net for San Francisco’s most vulnerable citizens. And a global health pandemic has only increased that load.
Yet, while battling on the COVID front lines, hospital staff — from pharmacists, nurses and social workers to lab technicians, housekeepers and physicians — still ably assisted 94,968 patients, tended to 33,670 urgent care visits, handled 74,833 medical psychiatric crises and welcomed 1,079 babies into the world last year.
The community responded in kind, sharing tweets of encouragement to hospital staff, along with gifts of hot meals and donated PPE.
“Over the past year, I’ve never been more proud to be part of our exceptional team,” said Ehrlich. “We’re one big family with a common mission, and an essential partner to our community, which believes in science, data and facts to guide our pandemic response.”