Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius tour SF General Hospital

June 10, 2011 6:57:50 PM PDT
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco on Friday for the funeral of the firefighters, but also advocating for the groundbreaking work being done at San Francisco General Hospital.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Pelosi toured the hospital to highlight the medical center's Partnership For Patients. It's touted as a new approach to medical care that focuses on the well-being of the patient long after they leave the hospital.

"It's a lot about follow up care. It's about a transition going home, making sure that a patient is well equipped, has the support system to carry out whatever the effort is at home," said Sebelius.

The approach is also expected to reduce expenses by keeping down readmissions to the hospital. Sebelius expects that a $1 billion investment in Partnership For Patients will save Medicare about $50 billion in just a decade.