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

November 21, 2018
Administrative
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After almost two weeks of extremely poor air quality as a result of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the rain forecasted to improve air quality throughout the Bay Area has arrived.

Sadly, given climate change, the likelihood is very high that California will continue to face wildfires of similar magnitude. My leadership team will use this opportunity to review our response, with the goal of improving how we manage events like this in the future.

Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers involved in the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have exhibited immense heroism, strength, and compassion. I know that you join me in deep gratitude for their unselfish sacrifice and hope that they soon get the relief they need.

Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones have died or are among the missing, as well as to the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Long after the last ember is extinguished, their needs will continue to be great. It will take months, if not years, to transform neighborhoods from the blackened and smoldering landscape to communities where residents can recover and rebuild.

I appreciate that many of you who are able will volunteer your time and expertise to assist the scores of people who need help. Donations to agencies such as the American Red Cross or the ...

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November 15, 2018
Administrative
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As you know, much of our state has been severely affected by the historic wildfires that continue to rage in several areas. The toll on families and friends who lost loved ones, their homes, and businesses is heartbreaking.

It is clearly evident that our region has been impacted by unprecedented poor air quality for the past week. We know that concerns about air quality have led many university and school officials in our region to decide to cancel classes and close their doors tomorrow as a means of minimizing student exposures to outdoor air.

After consultation with my leadership team and close review of regional outdoor air data, UCSF will remain open tomorrow. As a health sciences and graduate-level university, this institution is dedicated to a mission of serving our patients and advancing health through discovery and education. This mission is perhaps most important during times of regional health crises.

We know based on scientific evidence and guidance from government health agencies that the best place to be when pollutants fill the air is inside buildings with filtered air systems. The agencies’ advice is to limit outdoor exposure.

Since the fires began in Butte County last Thursday, we have carefully monitored the air quality in the Bay Area and at our campus locations. We continue to make our supply of N95 respirators available upon request to our most vulnerable patients and our employees who must work outdoors. We have also taken extra steps to ensure the air filtration systems in our buildings are working as effectively as possible.

For those of you who may find it difficult to come to work due to school...

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November 13, 2018
Administrative
Community

Dear Colleagues:

We write today to thank you for your hard work throughout the year and to invite you to attend a staff appreciation holiday breakfast on one of the dates listed below*. These events provide us and other university leaders an opportunity to thank you in person for your contributions.

 

December 6

Mount Zion

Mount Zion Café

8:00– 10:00 a.m.

December 7

Parnassus

Moffitt Café

6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

December 10

Mission Bay Hospitals

William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium

6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

December 13

Mission Bay

Genentech Hall Atrium

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

*Please bring UCSF photo identification.

 

If you are unable to attend a breakfast in December, additional staff appreciation events are scheduled at different campus locations for 2019.

It has been an exciting year for UCSF with the launch of the...

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November 13, 2018
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are deeply saddened by the widespread devastation of the ongoing fires in Northern and Southern California. The Camp Fire in Butte County has claimed many precious lives and is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The Woolsey Fire, in Ventura County, is being called one of the largest fires to strike Los Angeles in more than 100 years.

We continue to monitor the fire situation throughout the state. Due to heavy smoke in the Bay Area from the Camp Fire, we urge you to monitor the air quality of your own community on the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow site.

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these fast-moving wildfires, especially to those who have lost loved ones, as well as the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced. We also are grateful for the tireless efforts of the thousands of hard-working firefighters, first responders, and volunteers.

I am heartened by the interest and response of the UCSF community to offer assistance. Over the weekend, School of Nursing clinicians answered an urgent need for licensed health care providers to assist in the evacuation sites through Caring Choices, a nonprofit agency that is assisting with rapid credentialing and background checks to help distribute health care workers where they are most needed. Volunteer clinicians may also go to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority to be credentialed as an official emergency responder.

If you are considering becoming a volunteer, we ask that you...

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November 8, 2018
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Yesterday ended with yet another sad, painful, and disturbing tragedy when a gunman opened fire in a bar crowded with college students in Thousand Oaks, California. We learned this morning about the impact and loss of at least 13 lives, including a Ventura County sheriff sergeant and the shooter.

Here at UCSF, we prepare for responding to active shooter situations and offer training in defense skills to UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees to use if confronted with similar circumstances. For more information, please go to the UCSF Police Department website.

As guardians of health, we know all too well that gun violence is a public health crisis. Our experience equips us to be effective advocates for the safety of our patients and the communities we serve. Together, our advocacy efforts could result in lifting what amounts to a federal ban on funding research on gun violence.

Please also remember that UCSF provides members of our community access to professional counseling and confidential services in times of sorrow:

I hope you can find comfort in knowing...

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November 2, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to notify the UCSF Community about Assembly Bill 21 (2017) (AB 21): Access to Higher Education for Every Student and the procedure in regard to possible immigration enforcement at UCSF locations. While AB 21 is fairly recent, it has long been a goal at UCSF to foster a university environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community regardless of immigration status.

For a fuller explanation of UC’s current policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property as well as UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services. For up-to-date information, please visit the UC Office of the President online.

It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campuses for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. The procedure and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Notify the Office of Legal Affairs as soon as possible if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will...
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October 26, 2018
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community: 

This week, UCSF was challenged with its second strike in 2018. The disruptions caused by these strikes were significant and affected the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, trainees, students, visitors, and especially our patients. 

At UCSF Health, more than 5,000 appointments, including critical surgeries and cancer infusion treatments, were canceled, rescheduled or delayed, creating a serious impact on patient care. For those patients who remained in our hospitals or received outpatient services, it was disconcerting to receive care in an environment like the one we experienced this week. 

The strike ended early this morning, and we send our thanks to each of you who came to work this week as well as to every person who planned and helped UCSF through this trying time. We express our appreciation to the volunteers and the replacement workers who enabled UCSF to continue providing services across the campus and UCSF Health.

No matter your individual view about strikes, everyone in the UCSF family is bonded together by our PRIDE Values: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence. We are grateful for the professionalism that was displayed throughout this period, including by those in our UCSF family who chose to participate in the strike. 

As we come together today and beyond in fulfillment of UCSF's mission, we ask that everyone recommit to these values. At UCSF, there will always be far more that unites us than can ever divide us. 

Along with the leaders at the other UC campuses and the UC Office of the President, you can be assured that we are committed to finding a resolution to these labor...

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October 18, 2018
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next few weeks, University of California faculty, staff, and students will join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic duty by casting their ballots for or against a wide range of issues and individuals seeking public office. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

I also want to remind the campus community that there are legal restrictions on University of California involvement in political campaign activities based on the status of the University as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and as a state entity. The University may not endorse, oppose, or contribute to political candidates, nor may University resources (including University-paid time or equipment) be used for campaign purposes in connection with ballot propositions.

I want to emphasize that the University does not restrict any member of the University community – student, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, no member of the University community may use University facilities or resources (including time on the job) for political purposes, except as specifically permitted by University regulations. In addition, care should be taken to avoid creating any misperception of University endorsement of a particular political position. I encourage you to review the University guidelines regarding the restrictions that apply to University of California...

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October 12, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received notice from the AFSCME union that both of their bargaining units will strike or participate in a sympathy strike across the University of California (UC) system, including UCSF, beginning Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:00 a.m. and ending Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:59 a.m. UC anticipates that other unions with expired contracts also may join AFSCME in sympathy. You can find strike updates on UCSF.edu throughout the strike.

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. That said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care.

Labor actions significantly impact patients and their families. During the strike in May, thousands of patient appointments were cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Some of our patients had to see other providers for their care. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, particularly at UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients, and visitors. To support our work and minimize the impact of the strike, we have refined contingency plans based on our...

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October 2, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to share with you the good news that the University of California and the California Nurses Association (CNA) have reached an agreement on a new, four-year labor contract for nurses who work across UC.

We appreciate our nurses at UCSF for their professionalism, compassionate, evidence-based care, and teamwork that contribute to the clinical quality, research, and innovation that are hallmarks at UCSF. Their commitment to excellence at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco led to the prestigious Magnet designation in both 2012 and 2017 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, after rigorous evaluation in the areas of leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, improvement, and innovations.

Our nurses make a tremendous difference in the care that our patients receive, and we thank all UCSF nurses and nurse leaders who every day redefine what’s possible for our patients and embody our UCSF PRIDE Values.

The highlights of the agreement, to be effective through October 31, 2022, with CNA are posted online.

We hope that UC and the unions are able to come to resolution for the other open contracts soon.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

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