SAN FRANCISCO: New Hospital Will Treat Women, Children
California Pacific Medical Center is planning to build San Francisco's first new hospital in a decade -- a facility that will treat women and children while focusing on family-centered care, the San Francisco Business Times reports. CPMC board members have begun preliminary discussions with the city and intend to erect the new freestanding facility on the system's California Street campus. Dr. Elliot Main, director of obstetrics and gynecology at CPMC, said, "There is a desperate need for services targeting women and families." He added, "The orientation is toward family-centered care and services that are oriented toward the clients rather than the hospital." Operations currently housed at that campus will be shifted to CPMC's two other San Francisco sites to make room for the new hospital. Main explained that the new facility is badly needed in the Bay Area. "There is a shortage of beds and hospital services in San Francisco. Hospitals are overflowing, especially since the recent closure of Mt. Zion Hospital," he said (Fernandes, 3/6).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.