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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.

June 11, 2016
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As the news of the horrific tragedy in Orlando continues to filter in over the hours and days ahead, I know that our care and compassion are with the victims, their family and friends, members of the LGBT community, and the many other people in Orlando and across our nation whose lives have been forever changed by this unspeakable act of violence.

The event in Orlando, for virtually all of us and at varying levels, threatens our fundamental need to feel safe. This is an especially important time to reach out to our families, friends and colleagues to comfort them and make sure they are getting the help they need. For members of the UCSF community seeking professional assistance, please take advantage of the counseling services provided by the Faculty Staff Assistance Program and Student Health & Counseling.

My hope is that we, as a community devoted to improving the lives of those we serve, remain steadfast in our efforts to work every day for equality, justice, and peace.

Sincerely,

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

May 31, 2016
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I extend our collective condolences to the members of the UCLA community, who experienced a tragic act of violence this morning. The shock of such an event is felt most immediately and deeply at UCLA but affects the entire UC system. Our heartfelt thoughts go to the families and friends of those killed.

We are encouraged to hear that UCLA’s emergency alert and lockdown protocols were implemented effectively. Such events also serve as an important reminder that we all have a role in ensuring the safety and security of our community here at UCSF. A series of safety and security town halls is scheduled for the month of June.

I urge you to do your part:

  • Be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the UCSF Police Department.
  • Register your contact information with WarnMe, UCSF’s mass notification system, to ensure that in the event of an emergency situation that affects UCSF, you will receive timely and accurate information via email, text, and voice messaging. You can sign up using your MyAccess ID and password at http://warnme.ucsf.edu/

The health and safety of our patients, students, employees, and trainees is of utmost concern at UCSF, and we want to ensure that everyone stays informed in the event of a crisis.

Sincerely,

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

November 4, 2015
Emergency
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are saddened by the stabbing incident that occurred on the UC Merced campus yesterday morning. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire UC Merced community. Fortunately, all four victims are expected to recover.

These tragic events serve to remind us about the important role we all have in protecting the safety and security of our community.

We can fulfill this role in two ways:

  • First, be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the UCSF Police Department.
  • Second, register your contact information with WarnMe, UCSF’s mass notification system. You can sign up using your MyAccess ID and password at http://warnme.ucsf.edu/

Registering with the WarnMe notification system is one way to ensure that in the event of an emergency situation that affects UCSF, you will receive timely and accurate information via email, text, and voice messaging. In addition, breaking news about emergencies and disasters will be posted on UCSF.edu and through UCSF’s official social media accounts.

Sincerely,

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

April 27, 2015
Emergency

Dear Colleagues,

Like you, I am greatly saddened by the tremendous loss of life and widespread devastation resulting from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Nepal and members of the UCSF community who have family, friends or colleagues in the affected areas.

At UCSF, we are driven by a passion to improve health locally and around the world. We are grateful to the Institute for Global Orthopaedics & Traumatology for its work with the HRDC Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Katmandu, Nepal. In the coming months, they plan to teach surgeons in Nepal the necessary reconstructive skills to treat earthquake victims over the long term. For those of you who would like to contribute to the response and recovery efforts, a list of nonprofit organizations doing relief work in Nepal is available at www.charitynavigator.org

If you know of members of our UCSF community who are currently traveling on UC business in Nepal, please notify the Risk Management office so that we can work toward providing extraction assistance. If you are planning a trip outside the U.S., you have access to iJet, a global travel alert system provided by UCSF. This tool can assist you with timely alerts about natural disasters, health risks, and evacuation assistance in the aftermath of a disaster. You also should always register your global travel at http://www.ucop.edu/risk-services/loss-...

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February 18, 2015
Emergency
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, UCSF has been working on multiple fronts in the worldwide effort to contain Ebola, from preparing at home to treat a possible Ebola patient to training health care workers in infection control in West Africa. Please join UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood as he recognizes UCSF volunteers who have responded to the Ebola epidemic during a special town hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at Mission Bay in Rock Hall – Pottruck Auditorium.

We are exceptionally proud of all of our volunteers – doctors, nurses, scientists, and others – who have responded to this public health crisis, often putting their own lives on the line. This is an opportunity to recognize them and hear about their work in West Africa and at UCSF.

The town hall will be streamed live on the web. For more details about the town hall and the link to the stream as well as to watch a video highlighting global Ebola responders, please see this story: http://www.ucsf.edu/ebolanews

Sincerely,

Theresa O’Brien, PhD
Associate Chancellor
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

George Rutherford, MD
Director, Global Health Sciences Prevention and Public Health Group
Co-Chair, Chancellor’s Ebola Task Force

December 4, 2014
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of both the campus and medical center UCSF Ebola Response Task Forces, we write with an update to our current efforts. As you know, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated UCSF Medical Center as an Ebola treatment center – the only hospital in San Francisco to earn this designation. This is a reflection of the hard work of hundreds across the medical center and campus who continue to prepare for and respond to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), both here and in West Africa. Read more at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/12/121596/ucsf-receives-national-designati...

Altogether, 35 hospitals nationally were identified by U.S. officials as Ebola treatment centers, based on their ability to provide the necessary staff, training, equipment, and other resources to treat patients with the unique care requirements of EVD.

We strongly believe that we have a societal obligation to protect the people of California from an epidemic spread of EVD and that the best way to do this is to control EVD at its source. Thus, we have created a system to facilitate volunteers’ participation in care, treatment and disease control activities in West Africa as well as to minimize barriers that might have an impact on involvement. We have updated the guidelines for these travelers to reflect the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This also includes requirements that all travelers complete a checklist,...

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October 24, 2014
Emergency
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

While there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease in California, today Governor Brown and the California Health and Human Services Agency will announce that all five University of California medical centers, including UCSF, have been identified as priority hospitals to treat confirmed patients with Ebola.

We at UCSF Medical Center are committed to providing the highest quality and safest care to the patients we serve, which is why so many of you - our physicians, nurses, clinical laboratory scientists and staff -- have spent a significant amount of time and thought preparing to care for a potential patient with Ebola.

In recent weeks, after much consideration, we identified a site for an isolation unit to treat any patients who may seek our care. The isolation unit is being constructed in one of the existing intensive care (ICU) units on the Mount Zion campus. The construction design and specifications were based on detailed information from the biocontainment units at Emory University and Nebraska Medical Center, two hospitals that have successfully treated patients with Ebola virus infection. The location of this unit is designed to allow for the proper facilities, equipment and resources, as well as infection control practices, to ensure patient and staff safety. A temporary isolation unit with the same specifications has already been set up in this ICU.

If UCSF receives a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection, all other patients will be moved out of the ICU to other comparable locations at UCSF prior to the arrival of the Ebola patient.

Access to the isolation unit will then be tightly restricted and...

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October 23, 2014
Emergency
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

While there are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease in California, today Governor Brown and the California Health and Human Services Agency will announce that all five University of California medical centers, including UCSF, have been identified as priority hospitals to treat confirmed patients with Ebola.

We at UCSF Medical Center are committed to providing the highest quality and safest care to the patients we serve, which is why so many of you - our physicians, nurses, clinical laboratory scientists and staff -- have spent a significant amount of time and thought preparing to care for a potential patient with Ebola.

In recent weeks, after much consideration, we identified a site for an isolation unit to treat any patients who may seek our care. The isolation unit is being constructed in one of the existing intensive care (ICU) units on the Mount Zion campus. The construction design and specifications were based on detailed information from the biocontainment units at Emory University and Nebraska Medical Center, two hospitals that have successfully treated patients with Ebola virus infection. The location of this unit is designed to allow for the proper facilities, equipment and resources, as well as infection control practices, to ensure patient and staff safety. A temporary isolation unit with the same specifications has already been set up in this ICU.

If UCSF receives a patient with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection, all other patients will be moved out of the ICU to other comparable locations at UCSF prior to the arrival of the Ebola patient.

Access to the isolation unit will then be tightly restricted and...

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October 16, 2014
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues:

This email serves to update you on our Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response in preparation for providing care for patients at UCSF. As always, our first priority is to ensure the safety of all of our employees while providing care to the thousands of patients we see every day.

Extensive efforts over the last two months have involved a task force with key stakeholders from Infection Control, Nursing, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Lab Medicine, and the Office of Emergency Preparedness. UCSF leadership has been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health(CDPH), and San Francisco's Department of Public Health, and we have consulted other institutions to gain knowledge of best practices in EVD management or training including Emory, Nebraska, and UCLA.

Currently all patients in the Emergency Department (ED) and the Screening and Acute Care Clinic (SACC) arescreened at triage for high-risk travel history. If a patient is identified as at risk for Ebola, the patient will be isolated by staff using recommended personal protective equipment (PPE), and key leaders will be notified. If a patient at risk for Ebola infection (fever and recent travel to West Africa) presents to an ambulatory clinic, the patient should be placed in an exam room, the door closed, and Infection Control is to be called immediately at (415) 806-0269.

Adult and pediatric inpatients will be placed in a designated ICU room and treated by providers who are specifically trained in the use of PPE. Plans are being finalized for safe laboratory testing, waste management and any other actions that will ensure staff...

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October 15, 2014
Emergency
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We all have been deeply saddened by the events transpiring in West Africa, which is experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The disease has killed several thousand people, and without a massive international effort, it could kill tens or even hundreds of thousands more.

President Obama has issued a call for experienced U.S. health workers to travel to the area, and I expect UC San Francisco doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other clinical health workers will want to join the effort, as, indeed, some already have.

I have charged a task force to advise me on the campus response to the crisis, and I want to assure the UCSF community that I am thinking of the safety of everyone involved. We are taking every precaution to ensure that those who go receive as much training and support as possible, both for their own personal protection and to avoid spreading the disease to others. George Rutherford, MD, professor of Epidemiology and director of the Prevention and Public Health Group in UCSF Global Health Sciences, and Theresa O'Brien, PhD, Associate Chancellor, have agreed to serve as campus liaisons for this effort, and I deeply appreciate their leadership.

We have prepared guidelines, which we will update as the situation evolves, and all UCSF personnel seeking institutionally approved leave will be required to follow them. Volunteers must be licensed clinical care providers and must take the special Ebola training offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before departing for West Africa. They also must work under the auspices of a recognized governmental or non-governmental organization with the...

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