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Cricket Wireless now has unlimited calling and messaging to Mexico on all $50/$60 plans

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Cricket Wireless has upgraded their no-annual contract wireless plans by adding unlimited calls and messages to Mexico on the new Cricket plans starting at $50 per month or $45 after a $5 auto pay credit with taxes and fees included. The existing customers on the $50 and $60 Smart, Pro, and Advanced plans do not have to do anything. More details below:

ATLANTA, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket continues to upgrade no-annual contract wireless, adding unlimited calls and messages to Mexico* on the new Cricket plans starting at $50 a month or $45 after a $5 auto pay credit with taxes and fees included, All-In. Existing customers on $50 and $60 Smart, Pro and Advanced plans don’t have to do a thing.

Beginning February 11, for the first time ever, new and existing customers on Cricket’s $50 and $60 plans — all on a nationwide 4G LTE network can now make unlimited mobile-to-mobile and landline calls and send unlimited messages from the U.S. to friends and family in Mexico.  More value for the same low price.

“Cricket is on a mission to upgrade what customers can expect from no-annual contract wireless,” said Janna Ducich, marketing vice president and chief marketing officer for Cricket Wireless. “Whether it’s providing more 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint and Boost; increasing high speed data access on our plans at no extra cost; providing access to the world’s largest streaming music library with Deezer; and now bringing unlimited calling and messaging from the U.S. to Mexico, we are giving customers more value at low prices.”

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Cricket’s Upgraded Plan International Features

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International Offering

(Now available in Cricket Plans starting at $50)

Smart Plan

$50 or $45 (after $5 Auto Pay credit) with 5GB of high-speed data access**

NEW: Included Services to Mexico from the U.S.

·  Unlimited landline and mobile-to-mobile calling

·  Unlimited text, video and picture messaging

Pro Plan

$60 or $55 (after $5 Auto Pay credit) with 10GB of high-speed data access**

Advanced Plan (limited time only)***

$60 or $55 (after $5 Auto Pay credit) with 20GB of high-speed data access**

Unlimited International Texting

· Unlimited Texts to 35 countries

Cricket continues to run its promotional Advanced Plan offer for a limited time with unlimited talk, text and 20GB of high speed data access for $60/mo with taxes and fees included.  And customers with a new activation can also get a free 4G LTE smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 635, after $75 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa® Promotion Card.****

Customers interested in expanded international features can take advantage of Cricket International Extra for $15/mo to receive unlimited landline calling and messaging to 35 countries plus 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to 29 countries. And with Cricket International Roaming Mexico, customers can make and receive calls and texts while traveling in Mexico for only $10/mo, taxes and fees included.

Customers switching from T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint and Boost are eligible for 1 free month of service on us after completing two months on the Smart, Pro or Advanced plan*****.  The time to switch to Cricket is now.  It’s #SimpleMath.

To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at twitter.com/cricketnation. For news, information about events and other press materials about Cricket, visit the new Cricket Wireless Newsroom.

About the new Cricket Wireless

Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 300 million people; easy and affordable unlimited plans that are all in with taxes and fees included – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage and services not available everywhere. © 2015 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

*Unlimited Calling to Mexico: Available with Smart, Pro and Advanced Plans. Not available on legacy Cricket CDMA plans. Includes long distance voice calls from the US to Mexico only. Calls to special and premium services may be blocked. Service cannot be resold or used for fraudulent purposes. Other restrictions apply.

**High-Speed Data Access: Cricket’s Basic, Smart, Pro and Advanced unlimited plans include 2.5GB, 5GB, 10GB and 20GB high-speed LTE data access allowances, respectively.  Data use exceeding these high-speed access allowances will result in data download speeds reduced to a maximum 128Kbps for the remainder of the monthly billing cycle.

***Advanced Plan: Limited time offer; subject to change. LTE-capable device and activation of Advanced plan required to get 20 GB of high-speed data access. Not eligible for Group Save discount. All Monthly Plans:  Monthly plan price includes taxes, applicable fees and unlimited domestic talk, text and data access. Monthly plan payments are not refundable or transferable, and other charges and fees may apply. In-store activation fee up to $25. Service and coverage not available everywhere. All plans and services are subject to Cricket’s Terms and Conditions of Service available at www.cricketwireless.com/support.

****Free 4G LTE Smartphone: Free phone offer ends 4/9/15.  While supplies last. New activation required. Lumia 635 is $74.99 before $75 mail in rebate. Sales tax not included. Card valid at US locations where Visa accepted for 150 days after Card issuance. 2nd month of service req’d. Restrictions & other charges apply. See store for details. 

***** Free Month of Service:  Limited time offer. Is only available at Cricket Wireless retail locations. Requires $50 or $60 rate plan. Not available to AT&T customer, or Cricket CDMA customers. Third month free applies to rate plan only and excludes features or other services. Qualifying customers will receive an account credit approximately five days prior to payment due date for the third month of service. One-time credit is applied on a per line basis. Customer remains obligated to pay for features and other services in the third month.

SendGrid launches app for iPhone and iPad

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E-mail delivery platform SendGrid has announced that it has released an app for the iPhone and iPad. The apps enable SendGrid customers to view their metrics while on the go. Customers can access e-mail performance statistics and activity logs. More details below:

SendGrid Releases App for iPhone and iPad

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SendGrid, the leading email delivery platform for email that matters, today announced that it has launched the SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad, offering customers the convenience of added visibility and access to their SendGrid metrics.

The SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad allows SendGrid customers to stay connected to their SendGrid account while on-the-go. With the SendGrid app, customers can interact with the most critical features of their account in real-time. From their mobile device, customers can access email performance statistics, email activity logs, and report information including blocks, SPAM, unsubscribes and bounces. The app also allows SendGrid users to manage suppression lists and navigate to the sub-user level in-app to further troubleshoot across their accounts.

“The opportunity for customer engagement is no longer confined to a specific platform or device, and the launch of our app enables our community to have valuable insight into their customer engagement programs,” said Sameer Dholakia, CEO of SendGrid.  “We’re excited to deliver an app that allows our customers the immediate access to mission-critical account statistics and functionality. The visibility and flexibility provided by the SendGrid app enables businesses to make better business decisions with real-time data and analytics.”

For application developers and marketers concerned about the detailed performance of their email delivery, SendGrid’s mobile app enables users to view and search real-time delivery metrics (clicks, opens, bounces, etc.), manage unsubscribe/suppression lists, search and troubleshoot by email address, drill down to view sub-user accounts, export .csv files, share reports via email and enable multi-user credentials for secure sign-in.

The SendGrid app for iPhone and iPad, is now available in the App Store. A SendGrid account is required. Sign up on the website or by contacting the team at 888-985-7363.

About SendGrid

SendGrid is the leading email delivery platform for email that matters. SendGrid’s proven, cloud-based email platform successfully delivers over 15B customer engagement emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Pinterest, Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber, Linkedin and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Walmart, Intuit and Costco.  For more information, visit www.sendgrid.com.

Aysling and Juggernaut announce merger

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Ann Arbor, Michigan based companies Aysling and Juggernaut LLC have announced a merger effective immediately. Aysling — which is celebrating its 10th anniversary — is branching out beyond selling and managing Adobe and WoodWing digital publishing software solutions. Aysling will own and manage the customer relationship management software that Juggernaut builds. More details below:

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Aysling, in conjunction with Juggernaut LLC, is pleased to announce a merger between the two Ann Arbor technology companies, effective immediately.

On the cusp of its 10th anniversary, Aysling is branching out beyond selling and managing Adobe and WoodWing digital publishing software solutions and digital media production services and into a partnership with Juggernaut where Aysling will own, manage, and sell the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that Juggernaut develops.

“This is Aysling’s first opportunity to own a product and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic. We’ve worked closely with the folks at Juggernaut for years and the merger is a perfect syncing of the two companies,” said Patrick Becker, president and CEO of Aysling. “Aysling’s expertise in project management and sales is a great complement to Juggernaut’s development expertise, and vice versa.”

Commercialized in 2013, Juggernaut develops two products: MagHub, a full-service magazine publishing tool with robust CRM capabilities, and Juggernaut CRM, a CRM tool built for small to medium businesses of all types. Juggernaut CRM is a brand new product and is being released to the market today at www.jcrm.com. Both products are in the cloud and sold on a subscription basis. Juggernaut’s publishing clients include Cities West Publishing, MetroParent Magazine, i5, Moffly Media, Werner, and more.

“As we introduce Juggernaut CRM to the marketplace, the merger with Aysling is perfect timing,” said Rudy Pataro, president of Juggernaut. “Both the MagHub and Juggernaut CRM products will benefit from added sales support and potential cross-sell opportunities to Aysling’s customer base. We’re proud of the work we’ve done on Juggernaut CRM and are excited to have Aysling’s support going forward.”

About Aysling

Aysling is a provider of marketing software solutions and digital media production services for publishers, retailers, corporations and agencies around the world. A WoodWing Platinum Authorized Solution partner and the top reseller of Adobe DPS in 2014, Aysling delivers a multi-channel distribution system for exceptional content creation and delivery to print, Web, iPad, tablets, and mobile markets. The company was founded in 2005 and is proud to have worked with brands like Amway, Angie’s List, Forbes, Hearst, Meredith, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Time, The United Nations and many others. Visit us at www.aysling.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Juggernaut

Juggernaut is the developer of two Customer Relationship Management (CRM) products, MagHub and Juggernaut CRM. MagHub is a comprehensive publishing solution that allows magazine publishers to run their day-to-day operations from a single tool. Juggernaut CRM is a robust sales contact management tool that helps small to medium-sized businesses manage sales and generate more revenue. Both products are in the cloud and sold on a subscription basis. For more information, visit us at www.maghub.com and www.jcrm.com.

Newshunt raises 250 crore in Series C

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Based in India, Newshunt is a local language mobile app that has raised 250 crore in Series C funding. Falcon Edge Capital led this round of funding with participation from Matrix Partners India, Sequoia Capital India and Omidyar Network. More details below:

PRESS RELEASE

Bangalore, India – February 5, 2014: Newshunt, India’s leading local language mobile app, today announced its Series C funding led by New York-based hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital completing their fund raise process.

Existing investors Matrix Partners India, Sequoia Capital India and Omidyar Network also participated in this round of funding. In September 2014, Newshunt had raised its Series B round of funding led by Sequoia Capital.

Newshunt is the platform of choice for local language mobile Internet users with over 75 million downloads till date. It has the widest collection of regional content in over 12 languages and is the #1 app for local language users in India across app stores. The recent foray into eBooks, providing a world class experience in local languages, has created a vibrant marketplace for publishers with over 10 million local language eBooks downloaded till date by over 2 million users, 40% of which are paid users. Users pay for downloads through Newshunt’s proprietary payment platform iPayy that is now also being used by third party developers for micro-transactions through carrier billing. In the last six months, almost 4 million unique customers have used the iPayy platform for payments.

“The next 500 million mobile Internet users that will emerge in India will largely be local language first – they will create and consume content and services in local languages. Our vision is to be a dominant part of their first Internet experience and serve these users with world-class products starting with Newshunt, eBooks, iPayy and many more to come. As part of this journey, we wish to partner with the entire local language ecosystem and work with passionate and talented entrepreneurs in building the first real, large scale Made in India, Made for India platform. We are excited to welcome Falcon Edge to Newshunt as we continue to further grow our platform.” said Viru Gupta, founder and CEO of Newshunt.

“We’re privileged to be associated with Viru and the team at Newshunt and iPayy. We believe the local language Internet is set for an inflection and Newshunt will be at the center of this ecosystem. We encourage all stakeholders in the ecosystem to partner with Newshunt to create new digital content and services, get them discovered and monetized through this platform. We welcome Falcon Edge to the Newshunt partnership” said Vikram Vaidyanathan, Managing Director, Matrix Partners India.

About Newshunt:

Newshunt is the flagship product of Verse Innovation Pvt. Ltd. Newshunt offers news from over 100 news sources in 12 languages with over 25,000+ articles everyday. iPayy is a unique micro-transaction platform based on carrier billing with access to 700M subscribers across 5 major telcos in India and currently used by 300 digital goods merchants. The company has presence in India, Middle East, and Africa with over 150 employees. Further information is available at www.newshunt.com

About Falcon Edge Capital:

Falcon Edge Capital was founded in 2011 by Rick Gerson and Navroz Udwadia. Falcon Edge Capital utilizes fundamental research and knowledge of local markets and industries to identify asymmetric risk-reward investment opportunities.

About Matrix Partners India:

Matrix Partners India is an investment firm with INR 3,000 crore under management. The firm invests in companies targeting the Indian consumer market at the seed, early and early growth stages. The firm has invested in several market leading mobile Internet companies including Birds Eye Systems (hyperlocal social transport), LimeRoad (social commerce marketplace), Mswipe (mobile POS), Ola (India’s largest cab network), Quikr (online classifieds), Red Monster (mobile social gaming), Stayzilla (stays marketplace), and Woo (social matchmaking) among others. Matrix Partners has a global network of funds investing in the US, China and India with $3 billion under management. Further information is available at www.matrixpartners.in

OrderUp names former Domino’s CIO Chris McGlothlin as COO

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On-demand food delivery marketplace company OrderUp has named former Domino’s chief information officer Chris McGlothlin as their chief operating officer. McGlothlin will be overseeing OrderUp’s online ordering and on-demand delivery infrastructure. More details below:

OrderUp, the most complete on-demand food delivery marketplace for hometowns nationwide, today announced the hiring of Chris McGlothlin as Chief Operating Officer. McGlothlin will oversee OrderUp’s operations. A key area of focus for McGlothlin is scaling OrderUp’s online ordering and on-demand delivery infrastructure, the company’s fastest-growing segment, which now accounts for over 30,000 weekly transactions and has grown 50 percent month-over-month.

McGlothin’s previous roles include Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Domino’s Pizza and Vice President of Yum Brands, Inc. While at Domino’s, McGlothlin led strategic and tactical leadership of technology and business intelligence, fueling the growth of Domino’s digital channels to $1 billion in sales and leading the development of key advancements such as Domino’s mobile ordering and Domino’s Pizza Tracker™.

“Chris’ experience building Domino’s e-Commerce platform combined with his delivery operations experience, including creating systems and processes to support best-in-class delivery, will accelerate OrderUp’s rapid growth nationwide,” said Chris Jeffery, CEO and co-founder of OrderUp. “His extensive operational and restaurant knowledge in the food delivery space will help us take advantage of our biggest growth opportunities.”

“There is massive potential in the delivery market, and OrderUp’s platform and team provide a prime opportunity for operational excellence,” said McGlothlin. “I am very excited to join OrderUp to help propel the company through this tremendous point in its market growth.”

About OrderUp:

OrderUp is the most complete on-demand food delivery marketplace for local markets outside of the top metros. With feet on the street in markets nationwide, OrderUp provides easy access to great food from locals’ favorite restaurants. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, OrderUp has a dual-distribution model, with some locations owned and operated by the company, and others franchised. Visit https://orderup.com/ or download the OrderUp app for iOS and Android.

Aventura raises $14 million in Series C funding

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Based in Denver, Colorado, Aventura is a healthcare workflow optimization software company that has raised $14 million in Series C funding. Safeguard Scientifics and Merck Global Health Innovation Fund led this round of funding with participation from previous investors like Excel Venture Management, HLM Venture Partners, and Memorial Care Innovation Fund. Aventura will be using the funding to expand sales and marketing, business development, product development, and customer support. More details below:

PRESS RELEASE

Denver, CO, February 9, 2015 ­– Aventura, a leader in healthcare workflow optimization software solutions, today announced that it raised a $14 million Series C financing in an oversubscribed round co-led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) and Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (Merck GHI). Existing investors Excel Venture Management, HLM Venture Partners, and Memorial Care Innovation Fund also participated in the round. Aventura will use proceeds from the funding to expand sales and marketing, business development, and customer support, as well as accelerate product development.

Hospitals have invested heavily in electronic health records (“EHR”), driven largely by $36 billion in federal incentives. But, the clinical and economic benefits derived from EHRs are predicated on clinicians actually using the systems. Despite significant investments in health information systems, efficiency, data security, and workflow optimization, challenges around day-to-day access to patient data persist. The hunting-and-pecking amongst various applications in order to compile a complete view of the patient’s chart requires further investment to leverage the EMR spend. U.S.-based hospitals are estimated to spend $1.3 billion to optimize workflow for patient data access, and fewer than half of U.S. hospitals have implemented an optimization solution.

Through a patented process it calls awareness computing, Aventura’s workflow optimization platform delivers awareness of a user’s identity and role, their location within a facility, what device they are working on, and what patient they are treating. Traditionally, the approach to address workflow obstacles has involved utilizing identity and access management technologies such as Single Sign-On (SSO) for secure and fast access to applications. Whereas SSO technology authorizes a user to access a specific application, the beauty of awareness computing is that it builds upon SSO and gets the user to the exact data and functionality that they want.

“Awareness computing is the next generation in workflow optimization as it combines the security and speed benefits of SSO with deep intelligence to deliver clinical and business awareness to the point of care,” said John Gobron, CEO of Aventura. “This round of funding along with the addition of Safeguard and Merck as strategic investors, will allow us to accelerate the rate at which we can apply innovation to address the clinical, business, and regulatory needs of healthcare providers.”

“With innovative technology and a strong customer-centric leadership team, Aventura is well-positioned for rapid growth in an attractive market with favorable business and regulatory drivers for workflow optimization,” said Managing Director, Healthcare at Safeguard, Al Wiegman, who will be joining Aventura’s board of directors. “Providers are facing increased pressure to improve efficiency and quality of care. Aventura’s product portfolio is uniquely positioned to enable providers to better leverage EMR and patient data to accomplish this. We are excited to partner again with Merck GHIF, as well as existing syndicate partners, to support Aventura to improve the healthcare experience for providers and patients alike.”

About Aventura
Aventura is the leading provider of awareness computing for the healthcare industry. For decades, clinicians have had to adapt their workflow to the limitations of computers; with Aventura, computers can now adapt to how clinicians work. Through its patented technology, Aventura delivers awareness of a user’s identity and role, their location within a facility, what device they are working on, and what patient they are treating. Based on this awareness, Aventura immediately delivers a virtual desktop and dynamically provisions the applications and exact screens a user needs to care for that particular patient, eliminating wasteful clicks and keystrokes. As a result, Aventura helps customers achieve their important initiatives in the areas of EHR adoption and Meaningful Use requirements, PHI security, mobility, and cost containment. Aventura is headquartered in Denver with offices in Marlborough, MA. Visit www.aventurahq.com; follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook; or call 888-484-4643 to learn more.

About Safeguard Scientifics
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE) has a distinguished track record of fostering innovation and building market leaders. For six decades, Safeguard has been providing growth capital and operational support to entrepreneurs across an evolving spectrum of industries. Today, Safeguard is focused specifically on two sectors—healthcare and technology. Recent successful exits include Alverix (acquired by Becton, Dickinson for $40 million); Crescendo Bioscience (acquired by Myriad Genetics for $270 million); NuPathe (acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries for $144 million); and ThingWorx (acquired by PTC for initial proceeds of $112 million). For more information, please visit www.safeguard.com or Follow Us on Twitter @safeguard.

About Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, LLC
Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, LLC (GHIF) invests in emerging companies that deliver breakthrough health care solutions, which advance Merck’s mission to discover, develop and provide innovative products and services that save and improve lives. For more information, visit www.merck.com/ghi.

FreeCharge raises $80 million in funding

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FreeCharge is an India-based mobile phone and utilities bill payment service that has raised $80 million in funding. This round of funding was provided by several investors, including Valiant Capital Management & Tybourne Capital Management. FreeCharge lets users recharge prepaid and postpaid mobile phones online. There are over 20 million users that are on FreeCharge and its app has been downloaded 10 million times in the past year.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan grants $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan has granted $75 million to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The grant is the largest single gift that they received since it was established in 1994. It is also believed to be the largest single private gift from individuals to a public hospital in the U.S. More details below:

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) will receive an historic grant of $75 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mr. Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan’s donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General), the City’s largest safety net provider and only trauma center. This grant is the largest single gift the Foundation has received since it was established in 1994, and is believed to be the largest single private gift from individuals to a public hospital in the United States.

This grant is the vital piece necessary to complete The General’s new acute care and trauma center.  This grant will fund critical state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the new building and will help convert the existing hospital building into an ambulatory care facility. The new acute care and trauma center will open in December 2015.  The grant builds on the earlier investment made by San Franciscans in 2008 when voters overwhelmingly approved an $887.4 million bond to begin the process of building a new facility.

Additionally, the grant will enable the Foundation to provide ongoing support to The General and to the more than 100,000 patients it serves each year.  It will also support the Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness for the key role The General plays in public health throughout the community.

“As someone who has seen firsthand the quality of emergency care at San Francisco General, I can say that I am personally grateful for this $75 million grant from Mark and Priscilla – the largest gift to our City’s hospital ever,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  “This grant illustrates my call for 21st Century philanthropy and is a game changer for the rebuild of San Francisco General, leveraging more investment for state of the art technology to treat some of the most critically injured patients and deliver innovative high quality, compassionate patient care. San Francisco’s residents and visitors will benefit from this grant for generations because thousands of first responders and health care providers will have the 21st Century hospital they need to save lives around the clock. I know this gift will inspire others to support our General.”

“Through my training at The General, I know firsthand the vital health care and trauma services this hospital provides to anyone who lives, works or travels through San Francisco,” said Dr. Priscilla Chan.  “Day in and day out, I witness the compassion and dedication of my colleagues as they work tirelessly to deliver the best available care to all of our patients.  Mark and I are proud to support such an important public hospital.”

“Priscilla and I believe that everyone deserves access to high quality health care. The General serves anyone who lives, works in or visits San Francisco. We can think of no better place to focus our philanthropy in San Francisco than The General,” said Mark Zuckerberg. “The Bay Area is our home, we work here, we live here, and we want to invest in efforts that can make a difference in people’s lives here.”

“We are profoundly grateful to Mark and Priscilla for their support and investment in The General and its future.  We know that private philanthropy is increasingly important for public hospitals and public health and expect Mark and Priscilla’s leadership to inspire additional private support from the San Francisco community,” said Amanda Heier, CEO of the Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work with them to support our hospital and community for generations to come.” 

“As the only trauma center in the City, The General saves lives every day, no matter who you are.  The generous grant from Mark and Priscilla will help transform The General into a state-of-the-art hospital and trauma center and enable us to better serve our patients,” said Sue Currin, RN, MSN, CEO at The General.  “Located in the Mission, The General also serves as a community hospital and a safety net to more than 100,000 patients annually. We provide high quality care with compassion and respect to all regardless of their ability to pay.”

“I know personally that San Francisco General Hospital saves lives every day. It’s one of our most important institutions that serves San Franciscans of every community, regardless of income. I’m enormously grateful to Mark and Priscilla for this historic contribution to our community and I look forward to shepherding acceptance of this unprecedented gift to a public hospital through the Board of Supervisors.” London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“We are profoundly grateful to Priscilla and Mark for this investment in the City’s health care system,” said David Sanchez, San Francisco Health Commissioner and member of the SFGH Foundation board. “As a trauma center, The General provides life-saving care to everyone in need, and as a community hospital it serves generations of families in the Mission, Bayview, Chinatown, and across the city.”

The new hospital will include two additional trauma rooms and three more operating rooms. The new Emergency Department will double in size from the existing one and has the capacity to more than quadruple the number of beds in the event of a major emergency.  Other enhancements for patients include 90 percent private patient rooms, 28 more intensive care beds, two additional palliative care rooms, four pediatric exam rooms and one dedicated pediatric waiting room in the Emergency Department.  The General will be the only hospital in the City with a base-isolated foundation, the most advanced seismic resistant design known today.  It will be a “green” building for reduced water and energy use, and is seeking LEED Gold Certification.  In recognition of this transformative gift, the City has begun the process of adding their names to the hospital which will be named Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The General has served the City and County of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County for 140 years, from the Gold Rush to the 1906 earthquake to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the 2013 Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.  As the City’s public hospital, The General is a member of the San Francisco Health Network, an integrated delivery system operated by the Department of Public Health that provides all levels of care to San Franciscans.

Today, The General remains at the forefront of health care. It became the first hospital in the country to be certified for a Traumatic Brain Injury program in 2011 and is the only Baby-Friendly certified hospital in San Francisco.  The General houses nationally recognized Centers of Excellence, including those in neurotrauma, stroke and orthopaedics and it provides groundbreaking programs that improve access and quality of care to the most vulnerable populations.  In partnership with University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, The General provides valuable training for future leaders in health care.  With the new hospital opening in December 2015, The General’s capabilities will continue to grow, serving diverse patients with some of the City’s most complex and chronic problems.