History

History

Chinese Hospital is a unique healthcare provider with a long and rich history of serving the local community that dates back to the late 1800's. The Tung Wah Dispensary was established in 1899 to provide health care services to the underserved Chinese community who faced discrimination and limited access to public services. The dispensary was staffed by both Western trained physicians and Chinese herbalists. In 1923, following the destruction of the 1906 earthquake and fire, fifteen community organizations rallied to form the Chinese Hospital Association, a new non-profit public benefit corporation. Members of the Board of Trustees raised funds to construct a new facility with expanded services.

In 1925, Chinese Hospital opened its doors at 835 Jackson Street, becoming the first and only institution of its kind in the country. In 1979, Chinese Hospital built a new health care facility to meet new hospital requirements as well as the growing demands for its services. Amidst the emergence of managed care in the 1980s, Chinese Hospital and its medical staff formed a non-profit physicians association, Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA).

In 1986, with the help of Blue Shield of California, Chinese Hospital created Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP) for patients who wanted to continue receiving care within the Chinese Hospital Health System. As more and more patients migrated from Chinatown to other neighborhoods, Chinese Hospital recognized the community's growing need for improved health care access and opened a number of community clinics. Sunset Health Services was the first of these clinics, which improved access to outpatient care in Western San Francisco.
 
The clinic's success led to the opening of additional clinics--Excelsior Health Services and Daly City Health Services--and also, Support Health Services for tackling chronic disease management. In 2012, the original building at 835 Jackson Street was torn down to begin construction of a new acute care facility, The New Chinese Hospital. Chinese Hospital also opened an integrative Chinese Medicine clinic, East West Health Services to promote the health benefits of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. To further improve access to its outpatient services, Chinese Hospital began construction of a new outpatient center in Daly City in 2014.