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Zuckerberg General Hospital to house first new patients

More than 200 patients at San Francisco General Hospital will be moved Saturday morning to the hospital’s new facility.

Beginning around 9 a.m., the patients will be transported in gurneys across a bridge connecting the old hospital to the new hospital, located at 1001 Potrero Ave., according to hospital officials.

In addition to the patients that will be moved, the hospital is also accepting new patients, hospital officials said.

The new facility is being called the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Hospital officials decided on naming the hospital after the Facebook CEO and his wife after the couple donated $75 million to the hospital’s foundation last year.

The gift from the Zuckerbergs was the largest donation ever received by the foundation and possibly the largest one-time gift from individuals to a U.S. public hospital, according to hospital officials.

Part of the donation was used to complete construction on the new facility, which was being rebuilt to address seismic safety concerns.

San Francisco voters approved an $887.4 million bond in 2008 to begin construction of the new hospital, hospital officials said.

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