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UCSF Health Reaches Agreement with Dignity Health to Acquire Two San Francisco Hospitals


  • University of California, San Francisco Health (UCSF) 
  • Dignity Health 


UCSF Health has signed a definitive agreement with Dignity Health to acquire Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, along with associated outpatient clinics in San Francisco. UCSF Health hopes to close the transaction this spring.  

UCSF Health has committed to maintaining Saint Francis and St. Mary’s existing services, ensuring patients have convenient local access for their primary and specialty care needs. UCSF Health has also committed to retaining both hospitals’ employees. Preserving these historic hospitals will keep patients connected with their care providers and maintain vital services like the Bothin Burn Center, the Gender Institute, the McAuley Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and the Sister Mary Philippa Health Center. 

In recognition of their long history of caring for San Francisco residents, their deep roots in the community, and as the newest addition to the UCSF Health system, the two hospitals’ new names will be UCSF Health Saint Francis Hospital and UCSF Health St. Mary’s Hospital. 

Takeaway / Next Steps

The state attorney general is conducting interviews as he evaluates the transaction. The San Francisco Health Commission will also hold a hearing on Proposition Q. These hearings are intended for oversight and apply to sales, acquisitions, mergers, and other transactions that may impact the county. The San Francisco Department of Health is the county representative at these hearings and provides data, analysis, and recommendations to the commission.