CALIFORNIA PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER HOLDS CREATIVE OPENING GALA
Following ten years of planning and several years of construction, Sutter Health opened its new $2.3 billion state-of the-art California Pacific Medical Center(CPMC) hospital in the heart of San Francisco. The new Van Ness Campus is one of four CMPC campuses in the city.
In celebration, the CPMC Foundation hosted a grand gala featuring bountiful buffets, music performances throughout, and interactive exhibitions that introduced attendees to the Van Ness Campus’s advanced medical technology and personal touches.
INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE ARRIVES IN THE CITY BY THE BAY
Four years ago, I attended a CPMC gala celebrating the start of construction on the Van Ness Campus. (It’s on the former site of the Cathedral Hill Hotel, opened in 1852 during the Gold Rush,at Van Ness Ave. and Geary Blvd.) I’m so impressed with the new facility: Here, the future of health care has officially arrived!
Financed entirely by the Sutter Hospital network’s own funds, the 11-floor, 1 million square-foot Van Ness Campus covers a full city block and offers 274 private acute-care beds and inpatient services that emphasize maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency, and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Conveniently, it offers underground parking for 435 cars and valet parking too.
THE GALA NIGHT
On this historic evening, over 950 guests were invited to take the first public look. The crowd included gala sponsors, Sutter and CPMC charitable partners, hospital leadership and physicians, San Francisco City officials, local influencers and philanthropists, and grateful patients and their guests.
Rather than follow the usual gala formula, the board chose to showcase the hospital and its cutting-edge medical technology. So, instead of being offered a conventional sit-down dinner, guests were invited to stroll through exhibits, dining, and performances spread across several floors.
CREATIVE FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Some of the big donors who were rewarded for their generosity with naming rights: Roger and Sloan Barnett; Pamala and Ted Deikel; Caren and David Edwards; Randi and Bob Fisher; Dr. Harvey Glasser and his wife, Gail; Mimi Haas; Denise Hale; Shelby Notkin and his daughter Michelle;Ken and Debby Novack; Elizabeth Peters; Mary Beth and David Shimmon; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.
For this very successful evening, congratulations were in order for all the planners, especially the Event Chairs and Foundation Trustees: Sloan Barnett, Carol Bonnie, Carolyn Chang, Pia Cohler, Brad Defoor,Gail Glasser, Lisa Lenzo, Ken Novack, Jacqueline Sacks, and Allison Speer.
“For more than 150 years, it has been our privilege to serve every person who calls San Francisco home,” said Warren Browner, M.D., CEO of CPMC. “The opening of Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus provides a new and conveniently located hospital for people living throughout the city and beyond.”