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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.

December 30, 2020
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As we bring 2020 to a close and look forward to a brighter 2021, I’d like to provide an update on our COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The vaccine rollout is going very well overall. Since we received our first shipment of vaccines on December 16, we have vaccinated more than 6,300 of our colleagues and scheduled vaccinations for thousands more. The cross-functional vaccine steering committee has done an excellent job in creating new processes and systems for an unprecedented task. More importantly, I am grateful for how UCSF has consistently applied an equitable, values-driven approach to ensure that we prioritize employees and learners whose on-site responsibilities involve high-risk exposure to environments and patients with COVID-19.

We have reached a number of milestones in a very short time, while also developing new platforms to provide our community with up-to-date information about our vaccine rollout, including:

  • An online dashboard that provides our community with the latest UCSF vaccination numbers.
  • A tool through HR Umbrella for employees and managers to find out which phase of the vaccine rollout they’ve been assigned to, and webinars to help managers change those phases when needed.
  • Fully operational vaccine sites at Parnassus and Oakland, with our second San Francisco site opening next week at our Mission Bay campus...
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December 18, 2020
Administrative
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the state, the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) has imposed a mandatory 10-day quarantine for anyone traveling, moving or returning to San Francisco from anywhere outside the nine-county Bay Area. The order is in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and may be extended as needed.

UCSF urges all employees and students to comply with the order and strongly recommends against all travel.

To support the quarantine, UCSF has updated travel and testing guidance. The following applies to all UCSF, UCSF Health and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland employees and students entering San Francisco after travel outside the nine-county Bay Area:

  • Commute to UCSF: You may commute to any UCSF location to perform essential on-site work, regardless of where you commute from. If asked to prove that your commute is essential, please show your UCSF ID and this exemption letter from UCSF Police Chief Denson.
  • Quarantine Outside of Work: When you are not performing an essential activity on-site at UCSF, you are expected to abide by the new CCSF order and quarantine at home for 10 days.
  • Mandatory Testing: You are required to complete two COVID-19 tests. The first must be completed on or before the day you return to on-site work at UCSF. The second must be completed on day 5 through 7 after your...
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December 16, 2020
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As 2020 comes to a close and we set our sights on a brighter year ahead, I want to extend my deepest appreciation for your extraordinary contributions to UCSF.

This year has challenged us in ways we couldn’t imagine—a global pandemic, social and political upheaval, significant financial challenges, and a severe wildfire season. Each step of the way, I saw our community rise to and embrace the challenges, committed to shaping a healthier and more equitable society.

The highlights of the past year are too many to count, as you quickly pivoted to provide patient care, research, and education in new and innovative ways. I am inspired by your adaptability, tenacity, creativity, and empathy in advancing our mission every day.

On behalf of the UCSF leadership team, thank you for your resolve and resilience during a difficult year. We wish you and your families a peaceful and safe holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Sincerely,

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

December 14, 2020
Leadership

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the news that Paul Jenny, senior vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), effective January 25, 2021.

Since Paul joined UCSF in 2016, the University has undergone a period of rapid expansion, with significant growth in our clinical and research enterprises. During this period, UCSF also added more than one million square feet through capital projects such as the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building, the Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building, and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, to name just a few.

As UCSF has grown in size and complexity, we have benefited from Paul’s leadership and wise stewardship of resources. In leading UCSF’s Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) organization, he has helped to advance our public mission by strengthening UCSF’s operational backbone. During his tenure, Paul has led numerous critical projects spanning the entire UCSF enterprise, including those undertaken by Audit and Advisory Services, Finance, Campus Life Services, Real Estate, Human Resources, Information Technology, UCSF Police Department, the Program Management Office, and the Anchor Institution Initiative.

I have valued Paul’s strategic counsel over the years and will miss working with him in his roles on both the Chancellor’s Executive Team and Chancellor’s Cabinet. I have no doubt that he will make equally important contributions at CCMHC, which is one of most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the country.

In the coming weeks, we will be taking steps...

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December 11, 2020
Community
Leadership
People

Dear UCSF Community,

As we enter the final weeks of 2020, encouraging news on the COVID-19 vaccine front is helping to bring this difficult year to a close with a renewed sense of hope.

Yesterday, a vaccine advisory panel commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the FDA grant Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA’s approval is expected any day, and preparations are already under way at UCSF.

Approval of the Pfizer vaccine will mark an important turning point, but it will take months before this and other vaccines become widely available. Even as the vaccine distribution expands, we must recognize the serious threat the coronavirus continues to pose to public health—especially at a time when community transmission, including in the Bay Area, is at an all-time high.

All of us, including those who have been vaccinated, must continue to adhere to public health orders, wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands, and avoiding unnecessary travel and gatherings. Despite the fatigue we all feel, we must stay vigilant in taking all appropriate steps to slow the pandemic and avoid mistaking a vaccine for a cure.

Following FDA approval, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is expected to authorize use of the Pfizer vaccine in California. With the CDPH’s authorization, and aligned with public health guidance, UCSF will offer vaccinations to those on the front lines of the pandemic as early as next week.

As vaccine manufacturing capacity ramps up, a phased plan for distributing the vaccine is required. Initially, UCSF will offer the vaccine to those who have the highest risk of exposure to...

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December 10, 2020
Community
People
Philanthropy

Dear UCSF and BCH Oakland colleagues,

Earlier this month, we were able to relaunch the COVID-19 Relief Program for employees and learners who face economic hardships created by the pandemic.

We have received a very good response to the program, and we encourage all those who intend on applying to do so by the closing date of Friday, Dec. 11, at 11:59 p.m. If you have problems completing your application, please email [email protected].

The generosity of many donors enabled us to relaunch the financial relief program and expand the eligibility criteria to employees and learners who earn $95,000 or less. However, as we saw in the first round of relief funding, the number of applications for the tax-free grants of up to $1,000 will outpace the available resources, so I encourage you to apply if you need assistance.

We will keep you updated if additional resources become available for a third round of COVID-19 relief support. For those who are in a position to donate to the UCSF Qualified Disaster Relief Fund, we appreciate your generosity and support of our UCSF colleagues and community during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Paul Jenny
Senior Vice Chancellor
Finance and Administration

December 3, 2020
Community
People
Philanthropy

Dear UCSF Community,

Throughout this year, we have been working on solutions to help support UCSF learners and employees who face financial hardships due to the pandemic. I am pleased to share with you that we will be providing a second round of COVID-19 relief funds, with a focus on those who earn $95,000 or less per year.

The additional funding we have secured enables us to provide up to $1,000 in tax-free funds to assist those in our UCSF community with the greatest need. The application process for this second round of funds will open on Monday, December 7.

This second round of relief funding is an extension of the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program that we created in September to help members of our UCSF community who need help with expenses such as child care and housing payments. I am grateful for the generosity of our donors who helped us establish the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program, and we continue to raise funds.

During this season of sharing, I encourage all those who are able to give to the UCSF COVID-19 Qualified Disaster Relief Fund to donate here. You can find details about eligibility for the new round of COVID-19 Relief Program funding on the coronavirus website. For questions about the program, please email [email protected]. We will continue to look for ways to help as many members of our UCSF community, as the pandemic evolves.

I am heartened by the...

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