SF General Hospital plans to transport patients to new trauma center

San Francisco’s only full-service trauma center is preparing to move hundreds of patients to its new $1 billion Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center on Saturday morning.

The move involves transporting around 200 patients about 200 feet from Building 5, the current trauma center, to Building 25, a nine-story state-of-the-art edifice with glass walls, a curved exterior and a rooftop garden that provides outdoor access for staff, patients and their family members.

“The staff are very excited,” said Terry Dentoni, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. “We’ve done a lot of training for the last four months.”

The new hospital expands care in numerous areas, including tripling the number of emergency beds from 27 to 58, and brings to fruition a nearly decade-long effort to replace the aging trauma center located at the same 24-acre campus at 1001 Potrero Ave.

Saturday’s move will begin at 7 a.m. with critical care patients and babies and is expected to last until 3 p.m., Dentoni said.

Any new patients brought to the trauma center after 7 a.m. will be taken directly to the hospital’s new emergency department, said Todd May, the hospital’s chief medical officer. Those with surgery in progress or who are in labor at 7 a.m. will remain in the current building until later in the day.

Staff has been preparing patients for the move this week and planned to deliver them letters Friday with what to expect in the move.

Hospital officials intend to retrofit the current hospital and other existing structures on campus, and are seeking funding for such projects through a bond on the June ballot.

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