(KTSF by Sean Au)
The Chinese Hospital in San Francisco’s Chinatown is currently going through a major rebuild that is targeted to be completed in the spring of 2015. The current $150 million construction cost is still short of $36 million.
Mayor Ed Lee signed two ordinances that would allow the Chinese Hospital to proceed with the construction project. This is the largest project for the hospital since 1979 when it built a new complex on Jackson Street. This new project will tear down the old Chinese hospital building built in the 1920s and replace it with an eight-story building linked to the the 1979 modern looking building.
“Our community evolves, there are more immigrants are coming, there are more needs,” says Mayor Ed Lee. “Our population of our seniors are growing, our families are growing and we need that medical help and attention.”
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who also represents the Chinatown district, praised the work that the hospital has done over the past 123 years. “This hospital has helped to celebrate our births, has helped to mourn our deaths, has helped our communities through our triumphs and challenges, and our obstacles,” says Chiu.
The construction project will demolish the old building and erect an eight-story new building which will be linked to the current complex which is built in the seventies. When completed in 2015, the new hospital building will house 52 beds.
Besides the Chinatown facility, the Chinese Hospital also has medical centers in the Sunset, Outer Mission and Daly City. With more Chinese San Franciscans living outside of Chinatown, the hospital plans to extend its reach to the Chinese population by opening more medical centers in other neighborhoods.
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