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Summer 2011

Generous Donation Funds New Kidney Transplant Center

The Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF Medical Center opened to patients on June 14, 2010. A philanthropic visionary, Connie Frank recognized that a need existed for patients and caregivers in the Transplant Service at UCSF.

"When the patients come to the clinic, we know they are receiving world-class treatment, but they need a place that gives them a better sense of comfort and care," Frank said.

Throughout the nearly two-year-long process, Frank and her husband, Evan Thompson, were involved every step of the way. Professor John Roberts, M..D, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery, said, "Connie's keen sense of design and detail has transformed the center into what it is today, an incredible place for our patients and their families, as well as our faculty and staff."

Photo: Frank and Thompson (left), Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center

Design and Detail

The design of the transplant center celebrates the intimacy of giving and the healing power of inspirational views. Upon entering the space, patients and visitors are welcomed by staff and breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.

From the interior of the space, the use of filtered daylight and framed views provide a constant connection to the exterior. The exterior becomes part of the exam and consultation rooms that are located at the perimeter of the building and are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.

Designed around the patient, the facility unites all staff and services to provide a comfortable and familiar home. Throughout the center, the design welcomes patients and encourages family involvement in the healing process through ample visitor space.

The Connie Frank Transplant Center is an instrument of giving that will continue to support patients and their families for years to come.

A 10,300-square-foot space located on the seventh floor of the Ambulatory Care Center, 400 Parnassus Ave., the Connie Frank Transplant Center houses five faculty and 38 staff members. During the course of the year, the transplant team will consult with over 3,000 patients.

Make a Donation

To contribute to the Kidney Transplant Program at UCSF Medical Center, see our online form.

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