The new Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center opened at 7 a.m. on Saturday. By 7:04 a.m., its first ambulance arrived wailing.
The hospital’s first ambulance carried an adult male patient initially brought in after a reported assault, who was later determined to need treatment for an overdose, said San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter.
The patient was stabilized and released, Baxter said.
Ray Lee, a SFFD medic, drove the first ambulance to deliver a patient to the new trauma center. Lee has an “outstanding record” and has served the fire department since 2007, Baxter told the San Francisco Examiner.
The ambulance was called to an incident at 9th and Mission, where it picked up the patient to be transported directly to Zuckerberg General Hospital by the fire department.
About 24 minutes later, nearly 150 patients began to transfer to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s new trauma center and main hospital.
Patients were safely moved from the intensive care unit, the birthing center and medical and surgical inpatient units, according to hospital officials.
The new main hospital and trauma center has 284 beds, compared with 252 in the 1970s-era building, hospital officials said. The emergency department has 58 beds, compared with 27 in the previous department.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital is San Francisco’s only trauma center.
Work to make the new main hospital and trauma center a reality took nearly eight years, hospital officials said, made possible after a donation of about $75 million from Chan and Zuckerberg.
Bay City News contributed to this report.