It has been reported that Mark Zuckerberg is donating $75 million to a San Francisco hospital, together with his wife Priscilla Chan. If this is true, then the donation will be the largest ever given by an individual to a public hospital.
The hospital in question is San Francisco General Hospital. The money has to be spent on critical technology and equipment for the brand new emergency room in the hospital. Zuckerberg has officially announced his donation on Facebook.
More than 70 per cent of the families it serves are uninsured or underinsured. It is open to anyone who lives, works in or visits the city.
He added that his wife has a particular affinity with this hospital, as it is where she completed her pediatrician medical residency. This was an experience that changed her life and that made them even more committed to making sure families are able to get the help they need and deserve.
Of course, Zuckerberg couldn’t resist the opportunity to advertise Facebook as well. He added, in his status message, that he felt Facebook has allowed people from all over the world to connect together. It is this support and high user volume that makes it possible for him and his wife to give something back to the communities about which they care, but also to the country at large and, in actual fact, the world as a whole. They want to make sure that important services such as health care, education and internet access are improved across the board, for all people.
The mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, was incredibly grateful for the large donation.
They have made sure, in the future, there will be enough money to maintain and modernise it. They want a public hospital as important as this to be at world-class standards every year.
The chief executive officer of the foundation, Amanda Heier, added that the donation was absolutely necessary in order to ensure the new building would be completed and ready to open in December. The money will ensure all equipment are in place, and that these are truly cutting edge. This will make a huge difference to the community. The hospital, which was founded in 1915, has always focused specifically on people who are underserved, providing a service to the community as a whole.
Mark Zuckerberg outlined just what the donation will make possible. Firstly, it will allow the Emergency Room at the hospital to double in size, thereby increase patient and staff comfort and safety. Additionally, it will allow four times as many beds to be made available in the emergency room, thereby ensuring waiting times are reduced and people are able to get the emergency care they so desperately need. Finally, it will ensure first responders and front line staff are able to work with the most advanced, state of the art technology, thereby improving health outcomes across the board.
Although the donation is welcomed by the city of San Francisco and its residents, and it cannot be denied that Zuckerberg is truly philanthropic, critics are saying he is only doing this because of peer pressure.
Zuckerberg and Chan announced a seventy-five-million-dollar gift, also through their D.A.F., to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the hospital will be renamed Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
It is certainly true that making charitable donations is good for public perception, and for the bank account. After all, it is tax deductible. However, whether Zuckerberg is doing it for the fame or out of the goodness of his heart, the truth is that the community will benefit from this particular donation.