California Pacific Medical Center

Teacher saved by liver transplant helps open S.F.’s newest hospital

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – Among the dignitaries who recently gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting marking the opening of California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital, stood a man who was grateful to attend the ceremony for a very personal reason: He almost didn’t survive to see it.

Jennifer Guy, M.D., director of the CPMC Liver Cancer Program with patient Richard Shapiro.

Nearly two years ago, San Francisco resident Richard Shapiro received a life-saving liver transplant at CPMC, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network. After several decades of living with the hepatitis C virus, the Lowell High School physics teacher’s liver function was being monitored closely by CPMC liver specialists. In 2014, a follow-up on a suspicious MRI scan revealed a liver tumor. The tumor was successfully removed, but subsequently, his liver function declined and he needed a liver transplant to save his life. After two years on the organ transplant wait list, a donor liver became available. In May 2017, he received the liver transplant that saved his life.

Shapiro feels extraordinarily lucky to have received his transplant surgery at CPMC and says his survival is “a miracle which is the result of the skills, the dedication and the humanity of an amazing liver transplant team working within the Sutter Health network of care.” He is thankful to the dozens of caregivers at CPMC who kept him healthy enough long enough to receive a liver. Says Shapiro, “That’s part of the miracle; the fact that I continue to have the opportunity to do what I love to do—which is to teach physics to the profoundly wonderful students at Lowell.”

Two years post-transplant, he has completely recovered and has returned to his normal activities, including teaching and walking his Potrero Hill neighborhood with his dog.

Shapiro’s participation in the hospital ribbon cutting is a powerful reminder of the primary importance of patients at Sutter and CPMC: our patients’ health is at the heart of what we do every day.

Tiny Twin Fighters Will Win Your Heart

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Uncategorized, Women's Services

The road ahead it twists and turns .  . . but I keep, keep on pushing through,” sings John Isaac in the soulful song titled I Get Up. This song is the perfect anthem for Mason and Logan, fraternal twins, who need the specialized care of doctors and nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus. The neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, is a special section of the hospital dedicated to babies born early or with delicate medical  needs. In the NICU babies gain weight and develop a little more every day until they are healthy enough to go home.

At Sutter we want all of our patients to be at their strongest and the spirit of these two twin fighters matches our mission and echoes these poignant lyrics: “With every step my heart it pounds, yes I’m sure I’ve had my doubts, but I must keep, keep on pushing through. Yeah I get up, and I may fall right back down – but your love lifts me back to solid ground.” Thank you, Mason and Logan, for showing us how to keep on pushing through.


The Heart of CPMC Van Ness: Successful Teamwork

Posted on Mar 7, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – A new video is spotlighting the excitement and amazing teamwork behind the opening of California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) new Van Ness Campus hospital in the heart of San Francisco. The video features behind-the-scenes footage of staff and physicians as they work together to safely carry out the carefully choreographed move by ambulance of more than 170 patients. Those patients include adult cancer patients and fragile preemies from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who were transported over two days from the Pacific and California campuses to the new hospital.

“We are absolutely excited for our patients,” says oncology nurse Ann Su, R.N.



“We’re moving close to 30 [NICU] babies today,” says CPMC director of neonatal outreach, Christopher Retajczyk, M.D. “It has been an amazing experience. It’s been happening with military precision.”

Fifteen years in the making, the new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care. The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and all private rooms, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches continue to be the norm.


“Blessed in Multiple Ways”: First Twins Born at the New CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, March 4, Dien Ngueyn and Alexander Hsu of Oakland welcomed the first twins to be born at the newly-opened Van Ness Campus hospital. The babies were delivered by Fung-Yee Chan, M.D.

Baby girl Callista was the first to arrive at 2:43 p.m. Callista weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 18 inches. Callista’s brother Callan, who arrived a minute later at 2:44 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 20 inches.

The twins’ parents chose to deliver at Sutter’s CPMC because of the medical center’s outstanding reputation of care in the maternal and fetal medicine program.

During a routine amniocentesis, to screen for developmental abnormalities in a fetus, a benign growth was found in baby Callan’s lung. The parents soon discovered why Sutter’s CPMC enjoys a stellar reputation for maternal and fetal medicine. Immediately upon finding the lung abnormality, CPMC staff connected the family with Regina Arvon, M.D., a geneticist and obstetrician at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (SPMF) who specializes in multifetal pregnancies. Mom began receiving seamless care from a multi-disciplinary team that monitored and reviewed the progress of the both babies’ development, as well as changes in Callan’s medical condition.

Dr. Arvon explains that CPMC and SPMF’s multi-disciplinary approach in maternal and fetal medicine program is “like an incubator designed to care for the family.” As baby Callista and Callan were born, a team stood ready in the delivery room to provide diagnostics and specialty care to immediately address the birth defect, if needed.

The care team is happy to report that both infants are doing well and that they will continue to monitor baby Callan to determine future steps to care for him as both children transition into their home in Oakland.

End of an Era: CPMC Celebrates the Last Baby Born at California Campus

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – History has been made. The last baby born at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) California Campus hospital was welcomed into the world at 2:44 a.m. on Sunday, March 3. Born to Yan Yun Liang and Sam Lin, of San Francisco, baby Abraham is the last in a long line of babies to be delivered at the historic California Campus hospital.

The family arrived at the hospital on Saturday and baby Abraham made his debut just hours before the staff and physicians started to move to the new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital, which will replace the California Campus.

“We delivered 150,743 babies at the California Campus between 1986 and 2018,” said Terri Slagle, M.D., neonatologist with Sutter’s CPMC. That is only a portion of the little bundles of joy that have been born here as the obstetric services date back to 1875. 

Abraham was delivered by Cindy Grijalva, M.D. and entered the world at a healthy 6 lbs. and 14 oz.




Baby Bragging Rights: First Baby Born on Opening Day of San Francisco’s Newest Hospital is a Boy

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Women's Services

SAN FRANCISCO – A sweet baby boy gets bragging rights as the first baby born at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital. The baby boy was born to Monika and Mario Porto at 11:44 a.m. on March 3. Baby Porto was delivered by Teresa Safer, M.D., an OB/GYN at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. The little guy weighs 7 lbs., 2 oz. and is 20 inches long. Baby Porto will soon be settling into his San Francisco home where his older sister is eagerly awaiting his arrival!

The family arrived on Sunday, as CPMC was preparing to move patients from the California Campus to the Van Ness Campus. Mom was admitted just as the new Labor and Delivery Department was opening and staff were excited to provide care to the first laboring mom at the newly opened hospital.

“We were hoping we would deliver at the new hospital just because it is closer to home,” said mama Monika. “We had toured both hospitals and of course this one had all the shiny new stuff and nice delivery rooms so we were excited, and we timed it just right – even though it was all up to him.”

CPMC is part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network. From physician offices to hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, Sutter teams proudly support the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world.