The 2019 San Francisco Community Health Needs Assessment has been
released, and will be the topic of an Oct. 22 breakfast hosted by
Hospital Council and the San Francisco Health Improvement
The health care industry is a $28 billion economic engine that
drives San Francisco. It employs 121,000 people, more than any
other sector in the city. Nearly $5 billion will be spent to
build five new hospitals before the decade is out. The city’s
health sector serves as the epicenter of global innovation, with
more than 100 biotechnology companies, bringing the region’s
wizardry to bear on some of the most vexing medical problems
known to humanity.
In July, 2003 San Francisco started dealing with chronic
street alcoholics a bit differently, with the goal of
getting them out of pricey hospital emergency rooms and into a
“sobering” center where they can tap into the system of long-term
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