SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL: Receives $1.2 Million For AIDS Programs
San Francisco General Hospital's AIDS programs got a $1.2 million windfall yesterday, in the form of a "bequest from one of San Francisco's leading philanthropists." The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Kathleen Mason, who died April 9 at the age of 83, gave the hospital 20,000 shares of Central Newspapers, Inc. after "[s]he had several close friends who died of AIDS," according to Vera Haile, former executive director of a senior center where Mason served on the board. Haile said, "She was very concerned for people who fell through the cracks." The money will "go exclusively for the benefit of AIDS patients." Mason's niece Carole Schatt said the money was donated to San Francisco General because it has the best reputation for treating AIDS patients. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Health, Family and Environment Committee formally accepted the gift yesterday (Gledhill, 7/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.