St. Luke’s Hospital to stay open

In a deal announced today between California Pacific Medical Center and the city of San Francisco, St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission will remain open for another 20 years.  The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus co-chaired the blue-ribbon panel that prevented St. Luke’s closing in 2010 and provided the basis for this final agreement.

Since then Bishop Andrus has stayed engaged with the Board of Supervisors, the mayor, California Pacific Medical Center and Sutter Health to encourage completion of this bargaining process. This deal will lead to the first seismically safe hospital beds in San Francisco, a new hospital at Cathedral Hill, and a newly rebuilt St. Luke’s with a larger census capacity and increased services and as a center of health care excellence.

St. Luke’s Hospital is in the Mission District of San Francisco and with San Francisco General Hospital serves the most vulnerable populations of the city, which is one of the reasons Bishop Andrus has worked to keep it open. Bishop Andrus is especially grateful for the hard work of Lou Giraudo, who worked as mediator; Board of Supervisors President David Chiu; and California Pacific Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Warren Browner for completing this good work and historic agreement.

More information about the particulars of the deals is available from the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Business Times.