California Pacific Medical Center

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California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a Sutter Health affiliate, is a general medical and surgical hospital and academic medical center in San Francisco.[1][2][3]

Historic Origins[edit]

California Pacific Medical Center arose from the combination of a number of early San Francisco medical institutions,[4][5] including among them:

  • The German Hospital[6][7] (founded in 1858 and renamed Franklin Hospital during World War I),
  • St. Luke's Hospital (1871),
  • The Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children[8][9] (1875, shortened to Children's Hospital in 1877),
  • Cooper Medical College (1882, became Stanford Medical school in 1959),[10]
  • Hahnemann Homeopathic Hospital[11] (1887),
  • Lane Hospital of Cooper Medical College[12] (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) and outreach clinics (including St. Luke's Neighborhood Clinic 1920).

The Growth of CPMC[edit]

In 1991 Presbyterian Hospital and Children's Hospital merged, medical staffs were combined, and a large physician group was established in 1993.[13] 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.[14] The merged hospital also struggled to reduce costs, finally succeeding when a new management team took a ruthless approach.[15]

The new CPMC was part of the California HealthCare System, which 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 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 Californa Legislature.[16]

In 1997, the former Franklin Hospital (now known as Ralph K. Davies Medical Center) was acquired by CPMC.[17] This action was motivated - in part - by the subsequently-failed merger of area teaching giants Stanford Hospital and UCSF Medical Center.[18] 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,[19] after initiating and pursuing anti-trust litigation against CPMC.[20][21]

Present Organization[edit]

CPMC maintains separate hospital licenses for the California+Pacific+Davies segment, and for St. Luke's. 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.

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.[22]

New Hospitals[edit]

In 2013, CPMC began construction of a new 500-bed hospital at Van Ness and Geary; this 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.[23][24]

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.[25]

Other Activities[edit]

CPMC hosts the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, which conducts basic science and clinical studies into a range of topics.[citation needed] Michael Rowbotham, M.D. is Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of the research institute.[26][27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA - US News Best Hospitals". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary Medical Corporation - BAPP - California Pacific Medical Center". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Hospital co-pay confusion proves to be a headache for new parents |". 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
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  22. ^ cb. "California Pacific Medical Center 415-600-6000 | San Francisco Hospital Sutter Health Network". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
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  26. ^ "CPMC Research Institute - Michael C. Rowbotham, MD". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  27. ^ Michael C. Rowbotham M.D. "Michael Rowbotham: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  28. ^ Hospital Staff. "David Schanaker, DC". Sutter health CPMC. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 

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