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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 20, 2019
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Colleagues:

I am writing to share with you a development in an important discussion taking place at the six UC campuses with medical centers and the Office of the President about UC’s affiliations with other health care systems.

After we shared with you last week the progress the University is making on amending our agreements with other health systems, UCSF received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asking UC to terminate its contracts with all Catholic health care organizations, and not enter into any new ones. The ACLU’s request cited the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, which prohibit certain types of care—a set of policies that is at odds with UC values.

The unintended consequences of the ACLU’s request

The ACLU has made numerous contributions that have made our communities stronger, for which we should all be very thankful. However, the request to terminate all UC relationships with any Catholic health care organization may have consequences for access the ACLU does not intend. It would also weaken some of the University of California’s educational programs that rely on access to training rotations in a variety of health care settings and geographies across the state.

In straightforward terms, UC’s affiliations with other health systems enable us to train more students, advance our research mission, and serve the health care needs of more patients than we can alone.

Terminating all of our existing affiliations with Dignity Health and other Catholic health...

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November 15, 2019
Community
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

UCSF’s mission to advance health includes a responsibility to address disparities in care, with special attention to underserved populations. Increasing access to comprehensive health care – for groups such as the economically disadvantaged, the LGBTQI community, and women – is and will remain a fundamental part of the work we do.

As you know, across UC Health and at UCSF Health, access to beds and clinic appointments are limited by capacity and geography. Because of this, UC Health entities have been forging relationships with other health systems in our geographies or in more remote locations.

Affiliations with other health systems help UC broaden access to care and leverage our high-quality research-backed care by:

  • Expanding UC health care’s geographic reach through health systems that have facilities where we don’t have a presence, including in many underserved communities
  • Providing UC patients with access to specialized services not available at our own facilities, and in turn providing patients at other systems access to UC services they could not otherwise receive—including women’s reproductive health services, LGBTQI-related care, and end-of-life care
  • Providing access to inpatient services when UC hospitals are full
  • Sharing UC’s expertise to help other organizations improve care and patient outcomes
  • Maintaining training opportunities for the next generation of UC health care professionals

Our goal is to broaden access to UC’s high-quality care services and broaden the influence of UC care standards in other health systems while guiding our work with the values of our...

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November 15, 2019
Administrative
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to update you about the systemwide UCPath project and the implementation of UCPath at UCSF. UCPath aligns payroll, benefits, human resources, and academic personnel transaction services across all University of California locations. By implementing modern technology that supports our ability to accommodate future growth, UCPath will allow UCSF to focus on our core mission of advancing health worldwide.

Because UC is a complex organization with more than 200,000 employees across 20 locations, UCPath is being launched in phases. UCPath is already in use by more than half of all UC employees systemwide. UCSF is part of the final deployment and benefits from the experience of earlier UC campus and medical center deployments.

The UCPath Executive Leadership Team recently approved a revised deployment date of June 1, 2020 for UCSF. In preparation for our go-live, the project team continues working to ensure that data will be accurately converted and UCPath will integrate with current campus and health systems. This date also provides additional time to test new system enhancements and establish a local support center for all 28,000 UCSF employees.

When UCPath launches at UCSF, all employees will have access to UCPath online, a self-service tool that provides 24/7 access to payroll, benefits, and human resources information. Employees will be able to log in from mobile devices and computers at work or home to view and update personal information, view earnings information, sign up for direct deposit, update tax withholdings, view or enroll in benefits, see vacation and sick leave balances, and more.

The...

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November 14, 2019
Community
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.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health