San Francisco Chinese Hospital

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San Francisco Chinese Hospital
Simplified Chinese 东华医院
Traditional Chinese 東華醫院

San Francisco Chinese Hospital is a hospital in San Francisco and the only Chinese hospital in the United States.[1] The hospital is located in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Founded in 1925 to replace the Tung Wah Dispensary (opened in 1899 with ties to the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in Hong Kong), it primarily deals with the elderly, poor and immigrants from China in the San Francisco area and an alternative to San Francisco General Hospital for patients with a language barrier.[1]

The current building houses 54 beds and opened in 1979. The 1924 building is currently being demolished, despite significant opposition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[2] The National Trust for Historic Preservation cited the site as one of ten historic sites lost in 2013.[3]

Actor and martial artist Bruce Lee was born at this hospital.

Services provided by SFCH include:

  • Surgical suites
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • 24-hour Treatment Center
  • Same Day Surgery Unit
  • Western San Francisco Community Clinic
  • Clinical and Pathology Laboratories
  • Imaging Services (Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, CT Scanning, Ultrasound, Mammography, etc.)
  • Cardiopulmonary Unit (Cardiology, Pulmonary Function, Respiratory Therapy, Neurology, etc.)
  • Pharmacy

See also[edit]

Other Chinese hospitals and health care serving local Chinese communities:


  1. ^ a b "Chinese Hospital". Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
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  3. ^ staff (January 5, 2014). "A look at 10 historic sites save, 10 lost in 2013". Associated Press as reported by the Post Crescent. p. F3. 

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