California Pacific Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a Sutter Health affiliate, is a general medical/surgical hospital, academic medical center, and specialty hospital operating at multiple locations in San Francisco, California.
- The German Hospital (founded in 1858 and renamed Franklin Hospital during World War I),
- St. Luke's Hospital (1871; originally on Bernal Hill it moved to the present Army (Cesar Chavez) Street location - sharing the site for years with the Bancroft Library - in the 1880s),
- The Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children (1875, name shortened to Children's Hospital in 1877),
- Cooper Medical College (1882, became Stanford Medical school in 1959),
- Hahnemann Homeopathic Hospital (1887; re-named Marshall Hale Menorial hospital in the 1970s, before being merged into Childrens in the 1980s),
- Lane Hospital of Cooper Medical College (1895, became Presbyterian Hospital after the school moved to Stanford),
- Garden Sullivan Hospital (1913), and
- the Northern California Transplant Bank (1980).
Several of these institutions operated nursing schools (Pacific Dispensary, St. Luke's, Lane Hospitals), as well as outreach clinics (eg: St. Luke's Neighborhood Clinic, founded in 1920) during portions of their history.
The Growth of CPMC
In 1991 Presbyterian Hospital and Children's Hospital merged, medical staffs were combined, and a large joint physician group was established in 1993. The new multiple-facility entity was named California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). The new hospital began its life by refusing to recognize the California Nurses Association which had represented Registered Nurses at Children's Hospital since 1947. The merged hospital also struggled to reduce costs, finally succeeding when a new management team took what opponents described as "a ruthless approach".
The new CPMC inherited from Presbyterian Hospital its membership in the California HealthCare System; members also included Marin General Hospital, Alta Bates Hospital in Oakland and Berkeley, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in San Mateo and Burlingame. This system joined with the Sutter Health System of Sacramento in 1996 to form Sutter/CHS, (later renamed Sutter Health). A major project of the new company was organizing capitalization for replacement of every hospital facility, to conform to new seismic legislation underway in the California Legislature.
In 1997, the former Franklin Hospital (now known as Ralph K. Davies Medical Center) was acquired by CPMC. This action was motivated - in part - by the subsequently-failed merger of area teaching giants Stanford Hospital and UCSF Medical Center. The former St. Luke's Hospital officially affiliated with CPMC in January 2007, but the medical staffs remain separate. St. Luke's had joined Sutter as an independent affiliate in July 2001, after initiating and pursuing anti-trust litigation against CPMC.
CPMC maintains separate hospital licenses for the California+Pacific+Davies segment, and for St. Luke's (which has a very different patient demographic). The hospital facilities are now known as Pacific Campus (2333 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, originally Presbyterian Hospital), California Campus (3700 California Street - Children's Hospital), Davies Campus (Castro & Duboce Streets), and St. Luke's Campus (3555 Cesar Chavez Street) of California Pacific Medical Center.
In 2010, Sutter Health reorganized its many hospitals and medical foundations into regions. CPMC now shares a board of directors and tax ID with Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, and Sutter Lakeside Hospital, as well as the Sutter-Pacific Medical Foundation. Also in 2010, Sutter Health announced its intent to review and reduce costs for much of its non-patient-care overhead. During 2013 and 2014, Sutter reorganized many support services (accounting, human resources, medical records, payroll, purchasing, &c.), outsourcing significant components and centralizing much of the labor in Roseville (away from the more costly Bay Area).
In November 2014, Sutter Health announced further regional streamlining, where the present West Bay system (described above) will be combined with "East Bay" hospitals in Antioch, Berkeley, Castro Valley, and Oakland, as well as "Penninsula/Coast" hospitals in Burlingame. Menlo Park, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz.
In 2013, CPMC began construction of a new 500-bed hospital on the site of the former Jack Tar Hotel at Van Ness and Geary (once dubbed "the box Disneyland came in"). This new facility will replace both the California and Pacific campus facilities for inpatient care.
Ground was also broken in September 2014 to build a 120-bed replacement hospital at St. Luke's, after years of dispute over whether CPMC would continue to operate a hospital in the Mission District.
As a part of the process for getting County permission to build the new facilities, CPMC has committed to maintaining or increasing its services to the city's poor.
CPMC hosts the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, which conducts basic science and clinical studies into a range of topics. Michael Rowbotham, M.D. is Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of the research institute.
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