Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Proposed Affiliation with Dignity Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Many of you have heard about our intention to expand our collaboration with Dignity Health. Although a proposal has not yet been finalized, our efforts are being publicly discussed.

We want to be clear as to why we are exploring this collaboration with Dignity and how, together, we can expand patient access to quality health care – care for women, care for the LGBTQ community, and care for all patients. We want to underscore that UCSF’s PRIDE Values will be central to this affiliation and are central to all that we do.

In addition, we want to let you know where you can find information about our plans with Dignity. Information is available on our Dignity Health Affiliation page, including FAQs, a letter from the UCSF Academic Senate, and a faculty opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle.

What we are exploring is a broader affiliation between UCSF Health and Dignity Health. The aim is to expand our services at four Dignity hospitals – St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. This would be an expansion of our current relationship with Dignity, a relationship that began about 20 years ago. Our aim is to expand patient services in ways that neither organization could achieve on its own. This includes:

  • Expanding cancer services to bring UCSF care and clinical trials to more communities,
  • Offering new primary care clinics that will serve thousands more patients, including clinics uniquely designed to serve our transgender patients,
  • Supporting Saint Francis in the development of a new obstetrics unit to address the severe shortage of OB beds in San Francisco,
  • Expanding critically needed adult and adolescent mental health services,
  • Providing more access to UCSF surgeons at Dignity Health hospitals to reduce wait times for elective surgeries, and
  • Locating more outpatient women’s health services adjacent to Dignity Health hospitals.

This affiliation will also enable us to meet the growing demand for our specialty services – the care that patients and referring physicians throughout the Bay Area and California depend on us to provide.

As we shape this proposal, we are committed to ensuring that we provide care for every individual, that no one is excluded, and that every patient will have a place where they can find the care they need.

In all situations, our faculty will always retain full latitude to counsel, refer, and prescribe appropriate medical care for their patients, as they would at UCSF.

To be clear: This is not a merger and the proposal will have no impact on the care or practices within our facilities, other than to provide more access for patients who need our care.

We believe that engagement with other organizations provides the best opportunity for us to improve care, access, and experience for both our own patients and theirs. We have worked closely with the UCSF Academic Senate – which represents the entire UCSF faculty community – as well as dozens of UCSF faculty and stakeholders to develop affiliation guidelines that ensure our ability to remain true to our values. These guidelines form the core of our efforts with Dignity Health.

As always, thank you for all that you do for UCSF and UCSF Health.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Talmadge E. King Jr., MD
Dean, UCSF School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor, Medical Affairs

Mark Laret
President & CEO
UCSF Health