On Thursday, October 15 th The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital celebrated the Grand Opening of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center. Attendees of the opening included: *Barbara A. Garcia, MPA Director of Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health *Roland Pickens, MHA, FACHE, Interim Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; Director, San Francisco Health Network, The Integrated Delivery System of The San Francisco Department of Public Health *David J. Sanchez, Jr., Commissioner, Health Commission & Professor Emeritus, SOM, UCSF *Connie Shanahan, Board President, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Funding came from two San Francisco General Hospital Foundation Heroes and Hearts grants and a grant through the George H. Sandy Foundation. Theodore Miclau, III, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery preceded the ceremony by explaining the first organized Orthotics and Prosthetics center at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) began in the basement of the hospital 22 years ago where it remained until this October. The main function of Orthotics and Prosthetics is to provide bracing and artificial limb use for our patients. We annually treat over 3,000 patients at SFGH and 1,500 Laguna Honda patients a year. We have over 4,000 braces in which we supply for our patients each year. The patients we treat at both SFGH and Lagunda Honda are at the highest risk. According to a 2013 study we have about 100 amputations a year of those each patient will require 2.2 procedures and stay in the hospital for over 30 days. Some will stay in the hospital due to prostethic wear or not having adequate access to quality healthcare. In the past we would send most of those patients away but now we have a new state of the art facility to treat them in. The new O&P center is located at San Francisco General Hospital, Building 9, 2550 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 About OTI: The Orthopaedic Trauma Institute is a collaboration between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco General Hospital. Under the leadership of Theodore Miclau, III, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Institute provides expert care for all aspects of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic surgical care, rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics. Surgeons and physicians from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF with specific training and experience in treating these conditions staff the Institute. http://orthosurg.ucsf.edu/oti/ Do you have any comments on this story? Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.