Campus Messages

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

November 14, 2019
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Yesterday, we faced the challenge of another labor action. Thanks to the efforts of our planning and care delivery teams, we were able to minimize the disruption for our patients and UCSF community.

UCSF’s exclusive focus on health binds our community with a purpose unlike that of others. It also comes with a privilege and obligation to serve our patients’ care needs as one of our most important priorities.

We extend our gratitude to everyone who helped ensure the needs of our patients were served, and we appreciate the professionalism of those who made the difficult decision to participate in the labor action. Strikes have the potential to create lasting divisions, which is why we are grateful for how our community members treat one another with respect and integrity, especially during times like these.

As we all return to work, we hope that AFSCME and the UC Office of the President will soon reach an agreement at the bargaining table, where we believe the most constructive dialogue occurs.

Please join us in welcoming back our AFSCME-represented colleagues and resuming what we do best: advancing health worldwide and serving our patients.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

November 12, 2019

Dear UCSF Community:

I am delighted to announce that Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill, through the Weill Family Foundation, have made a $106 million gift to establish the Weill Neurohub to speed the development of new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

The network will build upon the tremendous strengths of UCSF, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington (UW) as it forges and nurtures collaborations between neuroscientists, researchers, and clinicians working in an array of disciplines – including engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics – and across institutions.

This new gift expands and amplifies the Weills’ considerable existing commitment to the neurosciences at UCSF, which began with their 2016 gift of $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and continued with another gift of $5 million.

Operating in concert with the UCSF Weill Institute, the Weill Neurohub will expand the breadth of collaboration through partnerships with these two additional premier West Coast research institutions. It will provide funding for faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students at UW, UC Berkeley, and UCSF who are working on cross-disciplinary projects, including funding for high-risk, high-reward proposals that are particularly innovative and less likely to find support through conventional funding sources.

Stephen L. Hauser, MD, director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, will serve as one of two co-directors of the Weill Neurohub along with UC Berkeley’s Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, PhD. Together with Tom Daniel, PhD, at UW, they will serve on the Weill Neurohub’s Leadership Committee...

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November 6, 2019
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received a one-day strike notice from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for its Service and Patient Care Technical Units (SX and EX). AFSCME’s labor action will begin Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m.

As we have stated, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. At UCSF, we also have a responsibility to serve the health care needs of our patients, as well as the needs of others who rely on us for services supporting our research and education activities.

UCSF is unique because of our single focus on health research, education, and care delivery. Strikes come at a cost for everyone involved, with more missed employee work days, rescheduled appointments, and other interruptions to our ability to provide health care. As part of our mission, we have a critical responsibility to put the needs of our patients first. We must take actions that include recruiting replacement workers to minimize the impact of the strike, which unfairly places our patients in the middle of a labor dispute.

Our colleagues who are represented by AFSCME will be making personal decisions about whether they will report to work on November 13, and it is imperative that we all treat each other with respect and professionalism.

We recognize that strikes create hardships for our union-represented colleagues as well. Our colleagues who are represented by AFSCME are essential to UCSF’s success. They serve in a range of important functions and services, from providing patient care to ensuring efficient operational services across our campus and health system. We ask...

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November 1, 2019
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The Kincade wildfire, changing air quality, recurring power outages, and school closures have presented significant challenges for many who live in California, including members of our own UCSF community. We are grateful to all of you, who despite these ongoing hardships, continue to fulfill our collective responsibilities to provide care, conduct research, learn, and educate.

We thank our UCSF police officers for providing mutual aid to agency partners, and we thank our health care teams for coordinating multiple patient transfers to our hospital from those in Sonoma and Marin counties that faced closures or power outages. We also thank our emergency management teams who led response efforts across the UCSF enterprise. In each situation, these teams have stepped up to help ensure the safety and security of our community and to make certain that our operations continue without disruption.

As wildfires and the resulting negative impact on air quality become an all-too-common experience of California life, UCSF will continue to monitor, and provide advisories on, hazardous weather conditions to ensure your safety and the continuity of our care delivery and academic mission.

During this challenging time, we are keeping a focus on the welfare of our UCSF community and their families. We realize that ongoing power outages across the region are disrupting routine activities such as cooking meals and securing childcare when schools are...

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