Community Celebrates St. Luke’s 100th Anniversary, History of Service
Contact: Amy Weitz, 510-206-1855
San Francisco, CA, October 22, 2012 – A contingent of community leaders, physicians, donors, clergy, volunteers and local residents came together at a celebration on Thursday, October 18th, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the rebuilding of St. Luke’s 1912 Hospital and Chapel.
The St. Luke’s campus of California Pacific Medical Center (a Sutter Health affiliate), located in San Francisco’s Mission District, has been a steadfast presence in the city since the 1870s, and was rebuilt on its present location in 1912 after the 1906 earthquake destroyed the previous building. A cornerstone containing a message from then-President William Howard Taft was placed at the new site and still stands there today.
Throughout its history St. Luke’s has been an integral part of San Francisco as well as an important part of the city’s medical community. Since its founding, the hospital has been dedicated to serving the underserved community, and has had a history of innovation in medicine and health care. In 1919, St. Luke’s was cited in the New International Yearbook for being the first to invent the concept of “group medicine,” where family physicians consult with specialists attached to a hospital concerning a patient’s care. The chapel, which still exists today, has provided a spiritual center for patients who have been treated at the hospital and their loved ones as well as for hospital staff.
The centennial celebration on October 18th, which marks the Feast of St. Luke, featured presentations from community and hospital leaders as well as musical entertainment. A proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee declaring October 18th “St. Luke’s Hospital Day” in the city was presented by Starr Terrell, the mayor’s health policy advisor.
California Pacific Medical Center. Hands-on Healing
At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.