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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 1, 2015
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

As part of the University’s efforts to address the increasing number of threats to the security of our information systems and data, the University of California Office of the President is rolling out a security awareness training program for all UC faculty, staff, and students. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us, and this training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this obligation. Studies have shown that a substantial number of cyber attacks involves the unintended actions of users of information systems, and this risk can be mitigated through an effective security awareness training program.

To this end, all employees on payroll with active status, regardless of previous training taken, are required to complete the Cyber Security Awareness Training by January 31, 2016 or within six weeks for any subsequent new hires. This training replaces the recently completed Privacy and Security Training that UCSF required locally in 2014-15, and it will be required on an annual basis. In addition, all registered students also are required to complete the training by January 31, 2016.

Training will be administered via online video through our UC Learning Center, and you will receive a separate email from the learning center. Each module will focus on a specific security topic and conclude with three questions to test comprehension. Overall the training should take approximately 50 minutes to complete.

While each of us has an individual responsibility to protect our data and information systems, we are confident that members of the UCSF community will work together to both...

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October 14, 2015
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

As part of a UC System-wide effort to attract and retain top talent for staff positions, UCSF is launching an effort to transition non-represented employees into new Career Tracks job titles. The Career Tracks job structure has four goals:

  • Implement a system-wide series of job classifications/titles that reflect primary job responsibilities and system-wide norms
  • Provide employees with better-defined career paths
  • Align future pay practices with the local labor market
  • Provide more transparent classification decisions and enhance reporting and analytic capabilities

Career Tracks is not a salary or compensation program, and therefore is not intended to affect employee pay when it is implemented at UCSF. The new classification system will provide a better foundation for making future salary decisions and help align unit objectives with organizational structure as well as resource and budget allocations going forward. The current scope applies to MSP and PSS jobs only. SMG, Academics, and represented employees will not be affected.

Implementation of Career Tracks at all UC locations is a high priority of UC President Janet Napolitano. Career Tracks already has been implemented at several campuses as well as the Office of the President, and implementation is underway at the remaining locations.

Building on UCSF’s successful Career Tracks pilot for Information Technology jobs during summer 2015, thoughtful implementation plans have been developed in consultation with leadership and department representatives for campus and health system employees. The campus is launching its effort to map current jobs to the Career...

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October 5, 2015
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community,

Today UCSF finalized agreements with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors that would protect patient safety at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay should the Warriors proposed sports and entertainment complex be approved and built on a site adjacent to our hospitals. As a result, the city and the Warriors are committed to actively mitigating traffic levels through a series of measures that support timely access to our hospitals by patients, visitors, and healthcare workers.

UCSF’s interests are protected through several mechanisms that include requirements built into the Warriors’ environmental impact report (EIR), a proposed city ordinance guaranteeing funding for traffic improvements, separate resolutions to be considered by the Port of San Francisco and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and a private party contract between the Warriors and UCSF.

With these agreements in place, UCSF is announcing its support for the Warriors project. It was my hope that I could make this announcement at my State of the University Address earlier today, but all the details were not yet in place.

The agreements our team negotiated with the city and the Warriors accomplish three things of vital importance to the University and our patients:

  • Create a dedicated Mission Bay Transportation Improvement Fund, fully funded by new revenue generated by the Warriors arena, which guarantees that financial resources will be available to manage the flow of visitors, traffic, and transit that will be generated by the arena. This agreement with the city is the first to dedicate most of the revenue from a major project to local...
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September 21, 2015
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Please join me at my State of the University Address on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, during which I will highlight overarching priorities and plans for UCSF as well as report on our progress and achievements.

We will begin promptly at 12 noon on Parnassus in Cole Hall. In celebration of the contributions of faculty, staff, students, and trainees and our common bond in advancing health worldwide, there will be a #OneUCSF reception immediately following. You can read more about the event and RSVP through the UCSF events calendar at http://calendar.ucsf.edu/event/state-of-the-university-2015

If you cannot attend in person, please watch live online at http://lecturecontent.ucsf.edu/special-events/state2015/

Sincerely,

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

July 26, 2015
Partnerships

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As you may have heard, UCSF has been in negotiations regarding the proposed Warriors arena and events center on 11 acres located at the intersection of 16th and Third Streets, diagonally across the street from the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Our focus has been on ensuring that the appropriate mitigations are in place to effectively manage the projected increase in traffic to facilitate access to the hospitals for our patients, their families, and our health care workers.

UCSF is announcing today that its support for the proposed Warriors Arena and Events Center is contingent on a binding agreement to address traffic concerns that are projected to result when large, dual or overlapping events occur at the proposed Warriors complex and nearby AT&T Park.

To encourage support for this position, the University is launching the “WinWinSF” campaign. It will explain the challenges and opportunities presented by the project and encourage support, in part through signature on a petition, for finding a “Win-Win” approach that brings the Warriors to San Francisco while ensuring safe and timely access to the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

In the coming days and weeks, you will likely hear more about the Warriors project. It is important to me that you know UCSF’s position on this project and that you know we are diligently working to secure a win-win solution. I invite you to learn more about the “Win-Win” campaign by visiting www.WinWinSF.com.

I am pleased to report that due to the commitment of both the City and the Warriors, our efforts have...

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July 22, 2015
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to inform you that one of UCSF’s biggest champions, Chancellor Emeritus Julius “Julie” R. Krevans, MD, died peacefully in Maine on July 12. A distinguished physician, educator, and transformative leader, Dr. Krevans led UCSF into greatness while serving as dean of the School of Medicine from 1971 to 1982 and as chancellor from 1982 to 1993.

During his eleven-year tenure as UCSF’s fifth chancellor, he nurtured the University’s remarkable growth and development across its missions of education, research, patient care, and community service. He also strengthened UCSF’s community outreach programs and advanced efforts to draw more women and minority students to careers in health sciences.

Renowned for his leadership in health policy and medical education, Dr. Krevans received numerous honors and awards. In 1993, he was awarded the UCSF Medal, the University’s highest honor, for his extraordinary contributions locally and nationally over more than two decades.

UCSF will host a memorial tribute to honor Chancellor Emeritus Krevans later this year. Information will be made available via Pulse of UCSF.

Please read more about his illustrious career and achievements at http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/07/131031/chancellor-emeritus-julius-krevans-transformative-leader-ucsf-dies-91

Sincerely,

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

July 20, 2015
Honors and Awards
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to share the news that UCSF Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for the 14th consecutive year, ranking as the eighth best hospital in the country in the 2015-2016 America’s Best Hospitals survey, which was published by U.S. News & World Report today. This ranking also places UCSF Medical Center on the U.S. News Honor Roll – the “best of the best” – for another year. You can read the story here.

The annual rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. UCSF ranked among the nation’s top ten hospitals in seven specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; rheumatology; and urology. In addition, UCSF ranked on the Honor Roll for seven other medical specialties: ear, nose and throat; psychiatry; geriatrics; orthopedics; gastroenterology; pulmonology; and cardiology.

We should all be very proud of how our patient care givers have embraced and advanced our mission of caring, healing, teaching and discovering over the past year. Their excellence in innovative and compassionate patient-centered care is the reason why we are one of the best hospitals in the nation. They are making a difference to countless individuals in the Bay Area and beyond.

It is gratifying that U.S. News has again recognized this exceptional work. Consumers rely on these independent tools for evaluating quality, so it is important that we continue to excel. Thank...

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July 16, 2015
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Recent cyber attacks in the news are striking closer to home. These incidents can be detrimental on both an institutional and individual level. They require continued diligence by everyone within the university. I need each of you to take immediate action to assist in further securing the IT assets and data that you use and create at UCSF.

The following steps are mandatory and require your immediate action:

  • Any computer (laptop or desktop; UCSF-owned or individually owned) that you use to conduct UCSF business must have the BigFix program installed on it immediately. BigFix is a tool that allows us to track a computer to determine if a system meets UCSF minimum IT security requirements.
  • Individuals or departments who independently manage their own servers are required to immediately update security patches.
    • If an application will not operate with up-to-date critical security patches you are required to contact the application vendor immediately for resolution.
    • Per UCSF policy, unpatched computers will be subject to removal from the UCSF network.

While our Information Technology and Security teams continue to work diligently to secure our...

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July 15, 2015
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the outcome of the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score rose modestly from 3.81 to 3.86 points on a five-point scale, and over the four annual surveys completed since 2011, we have had an increase of .26. While this constitutes a meaningful increase and could indicate a higher sense of engagement, I encourage all of us to use this information as the impetus for further significant progress.

We all have a role to play in this critical effort. Survey results show that units that work on action plans as a team have significantly higher engagement. Each of us can participate in important ways:

  • Contribute to your unit’s action planning activities. You can expect to hear your unit’s specific results in the coming weeks.
  • Share your ideas with your managers and peers in support of actions to promote engagement in your unit.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues and look for opportunities to integrate engagement into daily work.

Together we make UCSF a great place to work and also ensure that UCSF continues to position itself as a leader in research, education, and patient care. I join you in sharing the responsibility for fostering engagement and am deeply grateful for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

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

May 28, 2015
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This summer marks the launch of an important program here at UCSF in our effort to translate science into better health for our own community.

Starting July 1, the campus and medical center will begin rolling out a Healthy Beverages Initiative across campus, starting at Mission Bay and culminating in October at Parnassus. Under the program, UCSF will sell a variety of zero-calorie waters, plain milk, coffee, tea, diet beverages and 100% pure fruit juice in our vending machines, coffee kiosks, cafeterias and eateries on our property and will eliminate sales of sugar-sweetened beverages.

The program has gained input from a broad group of faculty, staff and vendors on campus, including scientists who have been involved with the UCSF-led SugarScience initiative over the past year. That group reviewed more than 8,000 scientific papers and identified the most definitive science about the impact of sugar on our health, specifically the role of excess sugar in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and dental caries.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are not only the single largest source of added sugar in our diets, but also the source with the strongest link to the leading chronic diseases in America: diabetes, heart disease and dental caries. With such strong scientific evidence and so many of our patients suffering from these diseases, it seemed appropriate for UCSF to take action.

While we are not the first to do this, I hope we will all take pride in having the broadest health vision. More than thirty health systems and hospitals nationwide already have launched similar efforts –...

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