Mission: San francisco general hospital foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education and care for all at san francisco general hospital and trauma center.
Programs: The famri bland lane center of excellence, receives funding from the flight attendant medical research institute (famri), to conduct research on projects that are focused on the effects of second hand smoke (shs) exposure among flight attendants and includes special projects that study the effects of shs among vulnerable populations, including children.
the avon comprehensive breast cancer center (the center) has performed over 36,000 mammograms and more than 2,000 breast health procedures since 2002. This multi-part community and hospital based program enables patients to be guided from mammography to diagnostic and finally treatment. The center also operates a mobile breast cancer screening van that allows it to better reach the most vulnerable portion of the population: the low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.
the orthopaedic trauma institute (oti) is a collaboration between the university of california, san francisco (ucsf) and the san francisco general hospital. The institute provides expert care for all aspects of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic surgical care, rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics. Surgeons and physicians from the department of orthopaedic surgery at ucsf with specific training and experience in treating these conditions staff the institute.
the foundation has a number of other program services as described below:a. The center for vulnerable populationsthe center for vulnerable populations (cvp) conducts and disseminates innovative research to prevent and treat chronic diseases in patients who struggle with multiple vulnerabilities such as poverty, low literacy or living in unsafe neighborhoods. The goal of the cvp is to develop solutions to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, depression and coronary heart disease. In addition, the cvp plans to develop and share tools in multiple languages to improve communication between doctors, patients, communities and health systems. B. The general medicinethe prevent heart attacks and strokes everyday (phase) program is a project of the general medicine clinic, the adult outpatient clinic at sfgh which manages over 23,000 patient visits every year. Phase emphasizes the bundling of four medications to improve the health of patients while reducing the emphasis on monitoring and patient visits. C. Carethe cancer awareness, resources and education (care) program was established in 2002 to address the disparity in health outcomes for cancer patients based on ethnicity and income. Care improves access to vital health and wellness information by providing multi lingual health education programs for low-income and socially isolated patients. These programs include, among other things, relaxation and goal-setting exercises, symptom management and complimentary medicine. Care has also created the bilingual araceli theater project, where patients perform theater pieces for their providers, medical students and the greater community. This project provides the patients with an outlet to express themselves and engage the community, which further promotes their own health and well-being. D. Raising funds for programs to improve patient care and comfort through the acquisition of capital assets and support of hospital programs.
This review is for the CARE program within San Francisco General Hospital.
The CARE program manages the Araceli Theater Project, which is a drama therapy program for cancer survivors. Through drama classes, survivors heal and learn to express their stories. They engage their imagination and voice, in a safe community setting. The plays are valuable to the community, because they bring forth issues and allow the audience to better understand what others are going through.