Saint Francis Foundation has received a $5 million donation – one of the largest in its history – in honor of a Ross cardiologist, who was the primary physician for the donor and spent his career practicing at Saint Francis Hospital in downtown San Francisco.

“It’s a very nice unexpected honor and certainly surprised me,” Dr. Frank Malin said last week. “It means a great deal to me.”

Malin and his wife Doreen have lived in a residence on Fernhill Avenue in Ross for more than two decades and raised two girls there.

Dr. Malin, who retired from full time medical practice in June 2012, cared for donor Charles Gibbs, a long time Bay Area resident and mechanical engineer, for more than 30 years after Gibbs became a patient in 1950.

Gibbs, who passed away earlier this year, requested not to be formally recognized for his generous donation, requested the $5 million gift go toward improvements in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and that it be renamed in honor of Dr. Malin.

“The funds will go entirely for the ICU unit and I expect it will cover the whole bill or get pretty close to covering it,” Dr. Malin said.

Gibbs specified that Dr. Malin should be acknowledged for his extraordinary care over the years and for the overall care of his patients during his distinguished medical career.

“No one deserves this major recognition more than Dr. Malin, for his lifetime of service to medicine and his contributions to Saint Francis,” said Tom Hennessy, president and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital.

“He is an outstanding physician, who has built trusted relationships with his patients. He treats his patients and their families with care, compassion, and skill, developing bonds that span generations.”

Dr. Malin still sees a number of patients at the hospital and remains active in the Saint Francis community. Though retired officially, Dr. Malin confirmed he has returned to a downtown medical partnership, on a part-time basis.

“They asked me to come back last July,” Dr. Malin said. “It was quite interesting.”

Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Malin’s commitment to Saint Francis went beyond his cardiology practice; he helped spearhead the hospital’s mission and vision as Chief of Staff and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“Mr. Gibbs’ contribution truly embodies the mission of the Saint Francis Foundation – to nurture and build the community around our hospital, and to raise funds to enable physicians and staff to provide compassionate and outstanding care to patients,” Saint Francis Foundation President Kevin Causey said.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Gibbs for his generous contributions to our hospital, and its patients and proud to be able to support Saint Francis Hospital with continuing its mission.”

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Malin received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He served as a doctor in the U.S. Army from 1972-73. He has been a cardiologist since 1977.

At Saint Francis, Dr. Malin served as chair of Cardiology (1981-1988), chair of the Department of Medicine (1988-91) and Secretary-Treasurer of the medical staff (1991-93). He followed as chief of staff for two years and was on the board of trustees from 1995-2001.

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, an accredited not-for-profit community hospital, is located atop Nob Hill in San Francisco and is home to the Bothin Burn Center, the largest in Northern California.

The Saint Francis Foundation was founded in 1979 and today oversees approximately $80 million in assets pledged to Saint Francis Hospital.

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