California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is proud to once again participate in the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, celebrating our valued long history of working with San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) populations. We began life as four very different hospitals more than 150 years ago, serving different communities. Our partnerships with the API community began in an unlikely fashion in the 1880s when Charlotte Blake Brown MD, one of the first female physicians in San Francisco, founded the first hospital on the West Coast run by women, for women. It quickly became popular with Chinese women who traditionally were more comfortable being under the care of a female practitioner. In the 1880s, Dr. Brown opened up a clinic in Chinatown, to be better able to serve the women and children of the community. Today, Dr. Brown’s hospital (our California campus) is part of an integrated, citywide network of care that serves and provides culturally competent care for all communities and neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Through CPMC’s long standing community health partnerships, which include Chinese Hospital, North East Medical Services, Wu Yee Children’s Services, API Wellness Center, APA Family Support Services, and the Hep B Free Campaign, CPMC offers its clinical resources to address the community’s pressing health disparities of childhood obesity, senior health, labor and delivery, and communicable diseases. We provide programmatic, clinical, and specialty support, health education initiatives, screenings, financial support to established programs and institutions, and are an active partner in Healthy San Francisco.
With one in 10 Asians affected by hepatitis B in San Francisco, it is the leading cause of liver cancer in this community. The CPMC team joined the citywide partners in designing and implementing the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign. We have developed a mobile program that brings community education and free, confidential testing to city locations, workplaces and events with high-density API populations. We are committed to ending this disease by offering free testing for 10,000 people for the virus. To that end, we are again providing free hepatitis B screenings at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration. We encourage you to get tested and to encourage your family and friends to do the same!
As we honor our past, we are also planning for the future. We are planning to build two brand new, earthquake-safe hospitals: one at our St. Luke’s Campus and another at the corner of Van Ness and Geary. These hospitals will meet the changing needs of our city and our communities. Technology and medicines change with time, but one thing that does not is our commitment to being here to provide you with hands-on care when you need us. For more information about CPMC and our future plans, visit www.rebuildcpmc.org.