UCSF Health to acquire two CommonSpirit hospitals in San Francisco

February 2024

UCSF Health to acquire two CommonSpirit hospitals in San Francisco

St. Mary's Medical Center


Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

UCSF Health is acquiring two Dignity Health hospitals in San Francisco and their networks. The transaction could close in the spring.

Under the deal, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center would become part of UCSF. The academic medical system said it has committed to maintaining both hospitals' existing services, retaining their employees and maintaining their specialty services including a burn center, gender institute and adolescent psychiatry unit.

Saint Francis is a 294-bed hospital with 903 employees and 375 medical staff members. It would become UCSF Saint Francis Hospital under the deal. St. Mary's is a 403-bed facility with 955 employees and 428 medical staff members. It would become UCSF Health St. Mary's Hospital. Shelby Decosta, president of the UCSF Health Affiliates Network, would have executive oversight of the two hospitals.

St. Mary's no longer would be Catholic upon the transaction's close. Saint Francis is not currently a Catholic facility and that would remain the case under UCSF's ownership.

In a press release, UCSF leaders said the acquisition will preserve the historic hospitals and expand and enhance health care access for San Franciscans. UCSF plans to expand cardiology, surgery and other services and to bolster both hospitals' emergency departments. Plans also call for investment in technology and equipment and an increase in staffing at the two hospitals.

UCSF is part of the University of California San Francisco. The system includes three San Francisco-area medical centers, two children's hospital campuses, a psychiatric hospital and other facilities.

Dignity Health is part of CommonSpirit Health.


Copyright © 2024 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States

For reprint permission, contact Betty Crosby or call (314) 253-3490.