Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Remarks at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Dedication

Nov 21, 2015
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital dedication.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you, Belva, for your kind words, for your great leadership.  This is a very happy day, a great day of celebration for our city.  It’s impossible to imagine any such occasion without the involvement and wonderful contribution of Belva Davis to make it a very special occasion indeed.

[Applause]

“I’m very honored to join all of the members of the official family of San Francisco and the Bay Area.  I’m particularly glad to be here with my colleague, Congresswoman Jackie Speier with whom I share representation of San Francisco.

[Applause]

“And, of course, the great mayor, Mayor Lee.  But as he indicated – I’ll come back Mayor Lee so there can be an applause line again.  As he indicated on the shoulders of Mayor Willie Brown and Lt. Governor now, former Mayor Gavin Newsom they have been building on this for a long time.

[Applause]

“Thank you, Mr. Brown, thank you Lt. Governor and Mayor Lee.  Mayor Lee is a mayor who just gets the job done as we know, and this particular initiative has been very near and dear to his heart even before he was mayor of San Francisco. 

“In the interest of time because there is a long list of speakers, I want to associate myself with everything that the mayor said, and also I do want to join him in paying special tribute to the staff of San Francisco General – whether it is healthcare professionals or the support staff who make it all happen here for the people in San Francisco – thank you so much.

[Applause]

“The mayor referenced the magnificent generosity, the bold generosity of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan and aren’t we proud of that?  But what he said is that we have $5 contributors and $75 million contributors and everything in between.  And that everything in between includes the Heart of the City Campaign that Pamela Baer and Judy Guggenhime took the lead on.  Thank you so much.

[Applause]

“We can’t go into a room in our home in San Francisco without bumping into a heart.  Thank you to Paul Pelosi.  It would be impossible to say no to these two and the cause that they are here for. 

“This is a very special occasion, not only for what it means to us but what it means to the people we care about and the national model that it has provided – and that it provides and has provided over time. 

“The Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is a product of both bold philanthropy and a united community.  I join the mayor in saluting the people of the city for supporting a bond initiative at a time that wasn’t, shall we say, the best of times economically.  And the people of San Francisco overwhelmingly turned out to approve the bond that brought this new center to reality.  And that is the combination of public, private, non-profit partnership that makes this day so possible.  So, again, I want to thank Dr. Priscilla Chan, who is a health-care professional.   I think it’s a terrific thing to acknowledge that she knows the results of the philanthropy that she and Mark have put forth.  It’s a very special combination of it all.  So thank you Mark, thank you Priscilla over and over again.

[Applause]

“This hospital is a tribute to the city that it serves because it is about community.  We talked about our first responders, police and firefighters, and others such as healthcare professionals and all the rest that make this success possible.  I also want to mention the connection to the national – to Jackie and two our great Senators, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer – because when we were doing the Affordable Care Act…

[Applause]

“…And when we make a priority of our investments in the National Institutes of Health for extramural grants that benefit this area, it’s with the idea that for all the science and all that it can discover and all that the access that we want to have, it has to be for every single person.  We believe that the most privileged person’s care benefits from the poorest person’s care.  And that’s what San Francisco General is all about.

[Applause]

“It’s about the future and the technology that is contained therein, with this name of the future emblazoned on it.  But I want to just pay tribute to, once again, to the legacy of healing and hope, a legacy defined for so many San Franciscans and again, as an example to the world, of Ward 86. 

[Applause]

“Since the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic, this hospital has served as a brilliant beacon for innovative, compassionate and courageous care.  This is a place of brilliance and bravery.   This is a place that has shown the way for our entire nation.  This is a place where we have not only public, private, non-profit partnership to fund and support, but partnerships of patients and hospital and healthcare providers to make sure that they get the best possible care even after they leave the hospital. 

“With our new – I’ll say the name over and over again – Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Acute Care and Trauma Center, San Francisco will continue to stand on the cutting-edge of treatment and medicine.  This is a fabulous contribution.  It is a contribution on top of many philanthropies in San Francisco towards this hospital.  And when we were walking through we came through the Bernard and Barbro Osher Emergency Room.

[Applause]

“And in their case, there’s almost nothing you can enter in this city– whether it’s the museum: you’ll go through their sculpture garden; whether it’s here: you’ll go through their emergency room – but the Hellmans, the Goldmans, the Pritzkers – there are so many names that have contributed so much and now this capper. 

“As we give the General a new facility and a new name, we gather with new pride.  This magnificent community is, as I’ve mentioned, some philanthropists, civic leaders, physicians, patients, workers, our friends in organized labor who are so much a part of all of this. 

[Applause]

“The families coming together with so much hope, united to share in the shared purpose and hope.  Together, we will ensure that the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital continue to define motivation, compassion, courage and healing for generations to come.  As we count our blessings at Thanksgiving, this is indeed one of them as the Mayor has indicated.  Thank you all.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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