Don't Rename San Francisco General Hospital for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Dr. Priscilla Chan

To:  Mayor Edwin  Lee  and the San Francisco Health Commission

As hospital employees, patients, and members of the communities served, we respectfully request that you not rename San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)  for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Dr. Priscilla Chan.  

In 2008, San Francisco voters approved an $887.4 million bond measure for the SFGH rebuild by an overwhelming margin.  They were showing their love and appreciation for one of the premier public hospitals in the United States.

Although Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan’s $75 million donation is appreciated and needed, we feel strongly that it is wrong to name the whole hospital for them for the following reasons:

San Francisco voters, who are paying more than ten times the contribution of Mr. Zuckerberg and Dr. Chang, never had a chance to support or oppose a name change.
Not giving a voice to the San Francisco Department of Public Health employees who worked diligently to support the bond measure is elitist and disrespectful.

Mark Zuckerberg made $1.6 billion dollars in one day in 2014. If he worked a 12 hour day, like many SFGH nurses, he made his contribution in less than one hour.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704952/Facebook-stock-surge-earns-Mark-Zuckerberg-1-6-billion-one-day-making-richer-Google-founders-Amazons-Jeff-Bezos.html

Giving away the name may discourage further philanthropy and public support for future bond measures http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Please-don-t-change-San-Francisco-General-s-6176553.php.

San Francisco General is an internationally recognized teaching hospital that provides health care to all, regardless of economic class, ability to pay, or citizenship.    Therefore, we urge you to reconsider the confusing and costly re-branding of SFGH.


Read Sasha Cuttler's Op-Ed about this issue. It was published by the SF Examiner. Sasha is a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital and an activist with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and representative to the Nurse Alliance of California:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/san-francisco-general-hospitals-facebook-naming-problem/

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