Cathedral Hill Before and After CPMC's proposed Cathedral Hill Hospital

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) covering California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) $1.15 Billion Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) was released by the Planning Department today. A few key sections: Summary, Background, and Aesthetics.

Under the LRDP, CPMC would design, construct, and operate the proposed Cathedral Hill Campus. This campus would include a newly constructed 555-bed hospital on the west side of Van Ness Avenue at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard and a medical office building (MOB) on the east side of Van Ness Avenue at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Geary Street. A renovated MOB at the intersection of Sutter and Franklin Streets (1375 Sutter Street), already partially occupied by doctors affiliated with CPMC, would house medical practices.

CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital Night Rendering

Implementing the LRDP would also result in the development and renovation of buildings and other improvements at three of CPMC’s four existing medical campuses:

Pacific Campus: Development of a new ambulatory care center (ACC) (including conversion of the existing acute-care hospital to ambulatory-care uses and construction of a new ACC addition), aboveground and underground parking, and renovation of existing buildings


Davies Campus: Construction of a new Neuroscience Institute building and MOB, and related underground Parking


St. Luke’s Campus: Construction of a new 80-bed acute-care replacement hospital and an MOB/expansion Building


Completion of the proposed Cathedral Hill Hospital in the near term would give CPMC the flexibility to consolidate currently duplicative services at existing CPMC campuses within the proposed hospital. The existing acute-care services and Women’s and Children’s Center at CPMC’s Pacific and California Campuses would be relocated to the proposed Cathedral Hill Hospital. Relocating these services would allow CPMC to (among other things) reenvision the focus of its existing campuses; meet state seismic safety mandates; improve the patient experience, safety, and medical outcomes; and provide adequate supportive medical office space.

CPMC would sell the California Campus by 2020, after relocating that campus’s inpatient services (i.e., care of all patients staying longer than 24 hours) to the proposed Cathedral Hill Hospital and its other services to the Pacific Campus. Some existing on-site medical activities would continue at the California Campus in a relatively small amount of space that CPMC would lease back from the new property owner indefinitely.

As proposed, the Cathedral Hill Hospital would be up and running in 2015. A public hearing on the project will be held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, September 23, 2010.

CPMC’s Long Range Development Plan And Cathedral Hill Campus [SocketSite]
∙ CPMC Draft EIR: Summary | Background | Aesthetics []

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by san francisco

    I’m starting to look like a city.

  2. Posted by Joe

    Watch out! The middle polk neighbors are gunning for this “monstrosity”

  3. Posted by sfrenegade

    This is a good idea, and that means the NIMBYs will likely kill it.

  4. Posted by Rob

    This hansome building is a timely investment in healthcare for SF – a modern environment of healing for our parents, children and for future generations. Our current choices for SF healthcare – UCSF, CPMC and SF General are ALL old, cramped, deficient and dreary. Its time to replace them all.

  5. Posted by spitpalm

    Sometimes, let me reiterate…SOMETIMES, I can understand NIMBY opposition when speaking of new condos or office buildings but when it comes to new schools, libraries, hospitals, etc. I can’t even begin to relate. Approve and build it or we’ll be stuck with another blighted city block for decades to come.

  6. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: Renderings for the development and renovation of buildings at CPMC’s “other three” campuses have since been added above.

  7. Posted by Olof

    Wow, I can’t wait to get some new development to re-energize the sad neighborhood of mine, the tenderloin

  8. Posted by katdip

    I’m really glad the city forced them to keep St. Luke’s open, but man that proposed hospital looks HUGE. Why is it so big when it will only have 80 beds, compared to the current tower which has 229-beds?

  9. Posted by EH

    Yeah, 1/3 the beds is weird, they must have some health-managementy stuff, yoga rooms ‘n shit to fill out the rest of the new one.
    I can imagine Chad Everett walking out of the Cathedral Hill one, and I think that’s a good criteria.

  10. Posted by snippet

    New hospitals are larger since each patient is essentially required to have their own room. Also, patient rooms are now also much larger to accommodate a patient’s family/visitors.
    No health managementy, yoga stuff at the rebuilt St. Luke’s hospital – just inpatient hospital. A future Proposed MOB/Expansion building might be built for that kinda stuff sometime in the future.

  11. Posted by Dan

    The new hospital looks bigger than the old hospital because of perspective– the new hospital is much closer to the front of the picture.

  12. Posted by Kathleen

    It does look like a place you would go to die.
    So dark. Did Darth Vadar design this building?

  13. Posted by traumatic

    The new St. Luke’s is being downsized by Sutter to drive more traffic (and specialty care) to the Cathedral Hill campus. They are trying to build the smallest hospital that they can get away with (4 stories instead of 11) to appease the board of supervisors. This is really unfortunate, because the current hosptial, despite being worn-out and obsolete, is practically full. A new facility close to the mission, Noe, and Bernal would do even better.

  14. Posted by stucco-sux

    I immediately recognized this building from my theatrically air conditioned, pre-multiplex, Cinemascopic youth.
    See, what happens with this building is that Edward G. Robinson — yes, THE Edward G. Robinson — swings through the heavy plate glass & chromed automated doors and swoosh! is invited into the warm inner embrace of its cold exterior.
    Like 3rd base with Angelina Jolie.
    And then… green biscuits.

  15. Posted by TEJ

    So much better than the red and yellow.

  16. Posted by BobN

    Sigh. More wide, bulky buildings because people think going UP is “out of character”.
    Bye-bye trees.

  17. Posted by ph_goat

    What, no helipad?

  18. Posted by Conifer

    There probably is a hellipad. They all have them now.

  19. Posted by Dubocian

    Um, there’s not a single hospital with a helipad in San Francisco, so far as I know. SF General has been trying to get one for years, so far unsuccessfully due to opposition from neighbors. As a result, anyone needing air transport after a big wreck or something has to be flown to Stanford, the extra 15 minutes possibly costing someone their life.

  20. Posted by Brian S

    What grand plans! It just seems a little odd that they want to consolidate services by offering certain things at each campus; it would be a bit of an inconvienence for people, eventhough the city is not huge and spread out.

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