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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.

October 18, 2018
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next few weeks, University of California faculty, staff, and students will join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic duty by casting their ballots for or against a wide range of issues and individuals seeking public office. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

I also want to remind the campus community that there are legal restrictions on University of California involvement in political campaign activities based on the status of the University as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and as a state entity. The University may not endorse, oppose, or contribute to political candidates, nor may University resources (including University-paid time or equipment) be used for campaign purposes in connection with ballot propositions.

I want to emphasize that the University does not restrict any member of the University community – student, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, no member of the University community may use University facilities or resources (including time on the job) for political purposes, except as specifically permitted by University regulations. In addition, care should be taken to avoid creating any misperception of University endorsement of a particular political position. I encourage you to review the University guidelines regarding the restrictions that apply to University of California...

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October 12, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received notice from the AFSCME union that both of their bargaining units will strike or participate in a sympathy strike across the University of California (UC) system, including UCSF, beginning Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:00 a.m. and ending Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:59 a.m. UC anticipates that other unions with expired contracts also may join AFSCME in sympathy. You can find strike updates on UCSF.edu throughout the strike.

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. That said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care.

Labor actions significantly impact patients and their families. During the strike in May, thousands of patient appointments were cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Some of our patients had to see other providers for their care. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, particularly at UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients, and visitors. To support our work and minimize the impact of the strike, we have refined contingency plans based on our...

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October 2, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to share with you the good news that the University of California and the California Nurses Association (CNA) have reached an agreement on a new, four-year labor contract for nurses who work across UC.

We appreciate our nurses at UCSF for their professionalism, compassionate, evidence-based care, and teamwork that contribute to the clinical quality, research, and innovation that are hallmarks at UCSF. Their commitment to excellence at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco led to the prestigious Magnet designation in both 2012 and 2017 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, after rigorous evaluation in the areas of leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, improvement, and innovations.

Our nurses make a tremendous difference in the care that our patients receive, and we thank all UCSF nurses and nurse leaders who every day redefine what’s possible for our patients and embody our UCSF PRIDE Values.

The highlights of the agreement, to be effective through October 31, 2022, with CNA are posted online.

We hope that UC and the unions are able to come to resolution for the other open contracts soon.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

September 28, 2018
Advocacy

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As leaders of an organization that is deeply committed to improving the health of our communities and advancing health worldwide, we deplore a proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would change “public charge” policies and greatly expand the conditions under which an immigrant applying for legal permanent residency (a green card) or seeking to immigrate into the U.S. can be denied.

I am bringing this to the attention of the UCSF community because it attacks our deeply held values of health equality and dignity for all peoples. U.S. immigration law has always barred immigrants at risk of becoming a dependent on certain public assistance from immigrating to the United States. However, acceptance of public health and nutritional benefits has been permitted since the 1990s. This proposal would bring sweeping change.

Under the proposed rule, the federal government would newly consider the use of certain public benefits – including non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and various housing support programs – in determining an individual’s entry into the U.S. or adjustment to legal permanent resident status. In addition, medical conditions that are likely to require extensive hospitalization or institutionalization (cancer, heart failure, kidney failure, dementia, and many others) will weigh heavily against uninsured immigrant applicants.

We are against this proposed regulation for several reasons, including:

  1. It...
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September 12, 2018
People

Dear Colleagues:

We write to share the sad news that Alexander (Alex) R. Margulis, MD, former chair of the Department of Radiology and steadfast member of the UCSF community, passed away on Friday, September 7, at the age of 97.

Alex was a visionary radiologist. During his 26-year tenure as chair of the Department of Radiology, UCSF rose to international prominence in imaging research, clinical care, and education. Throughout this period of unparalleled discovery and innovation, UCSF became a top destination for leaders interested in enhancing the roles of digital imaging techniques.

Alex was a risk-taker. He invested in untested ideas, supporting the dreams of his faculty who went on to make astounding contributions to imaging in modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, ultrafast CT, PET CT, and SPECT CT. Under Alex’s leadership, the department acquired the second head CT scanner in any academic institution in the U.S. He was truly a man ahead of his time, and his vision for the future of imaging and image-guided therapy would ultimately shape the field of radiology at UCSF and beyond.

Alex was a beloved mentor and colleague. Innumerable radiologists and scientists who were trained and mentored by Alex went on to lead outstanding academic institutions across the U.S. and abroad. UCSF was deeply important to Alex; he maintained close ties over the years, attending the gala event of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s alumni organization – the UCSF Margulis Society – and serving as mentor and colleague to many members of the UCSF faculty.

His many friends and colleagues at UCSF and throughout...

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July 26, 2018
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,
 
We are writing to share a brief summary of results of the 2018 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey and next steps. Thank you to the nearly 70 percent of staff who voiced your opinions in this important survey, which helps us understand our progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.
 
Staff engagement appears to have plateaued with a slight increase in overall engagement. Our grand mean score, on a five-point scale, increased .01 from 3.93 in 2017 to 3.94 in 2018. While this is an improvement, we remain far from our goal to be among the best organizations in the country.
 
On the positive side, two of the areas that employees scored the highest were related to our mission and to our commitment to doing quality work. We also learned that those units that actively engaged their employees in discussing last year’s results, and how to improve, had significant improvements in their scores. 
 
The survey also identified areas that need attention. Of most concern, Black and Hispanic staff generally had lower engagement scores than Whites and Asians, and staff who are represented by unions generally felt less engaged than other staff. This is antithetical to our values at UCSF and something we intend to address fully this year.
 
You can read more about the survey findings and next steps in Pulse of UCSF.
 
Over the next few months, our Learning and Organization...

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June 19, 2018
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are extremely troubled by the growing humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border, where children are forcibly separated from their parents.

In a statement released yesterday, University of California President Janet Napolitano said that this latest crisis is “further indication of the urgent need for a real conversation around immigration reform.” She stressed that “our nation of immigrants is made stronger by its diversity. Congress and the administration must come together to pass legislation that reflects the values of our country, ensures the safety of our borders and provides a resolution for those brought to the United States as children who only know this country as home.”

On behalf of the leadership of UCSF, I want to convey my strongest support for President Napolitano’s statement and express solidarity with our colleagues at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine regarding the harmful consequence of separating children from their parents.

As we have stated repeatedly, a core tenet at UCSF, as well as UC overall, is that our strength as a public university stems from a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and welcomes and respects every individual regardless of immigration status. UCSF remains committed to providing compassionate care to children and fulfilling our efforts to foster an...

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June 18, 2018
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

It is with sadness that we share the news that Lloyd “Holly” Smith, Jr., MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the UCSF Department of Medicine, passed away yesterday at home at the age of 94. Holly was a luminary in the fields of medical education and research, and his absence will be felt not only at UCSF but well beyond.

When Holly joined UCSF in 1964 as the chairman of the Department of Medicine, there were only fifty full-time members (it now numbers approximately 750). He led the department through a period of exceptional and unprecedented growth, recruiting and mentoring faculty in record numbers, many of whom went on to be outstanding leaders in their fields.

Known for his witty aphorisms, Holly once said, “Experiment. Take some chances. Remember the Peter Pan Principle, ‘most things peter out but some will pan out.’” Undoubtedly, many of UCSF’s greatest successes were realized as a direct result of Holly’s innovative ideas and unwavering devotion to leading by example.

Despite receiving innumerable awards and accolades throughout his career, Holly always emphasized his debt to his colleagues and UCSF for his successes. His humble nature, humor, and grace are exemplified by the recipients of the annual Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine, established in 2000 to recognize outstanding career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine. To learn more about Holly’s remarkable life and career,...

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June 12, 2018
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce two new options for adult and pediatric care in the East Bay, for you and other UCSF Health patients. This is especially important at a time when more people are looking for convenient, outpatient locations to receive their health care.

Berkeley Outpatient Center
Yesterday was the opening of the Berkeley Outpatient Center, our first jointly operated and staffed facility with John Muir Health. The center is located near the UC Berkeley campus and offers adult specialty and primary care, urgent care, and lab and imaging services. Specialties available now are dermatology, neurosurgery, neurology, ophthalmology (including the UC Berkeley Optometry and Optical Shop), orthopedics, gastrointestinal, rheumatology, and urology. Additional specialties will be added in the coming months.

We’ve had a long-standing partnership with John Muir Health, and the facility enables both organizations’ clinicians to work together to provide high-quality care under one roof in an easily accessible location for patients in the East Bay.

The center also expands opportunities for care within the Canopy Health network, which already has more than 5,000 doctors, dozens of care centers and numerous hospitals across seven Bay Area counties. You can read more about the Berkeley Outpatient Center in this press release and at its website.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Outpatient...

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May 30, 2018
Administrative
Community
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce June 2018 as UCSF Alumni Month, an opportunity for our community to honor the accomplishments, dedication, and generosity of UCSF’s remarkable alumni.

This month of celebration kicks off tomorrow with UCSF Alumni Weekend and the presentation of the 2018 Campaign Alumni Awards. Twelve award recipients were selected from 125 nominations by a committee of fourteen alumni volunteers. Through the rest of June, join us on social media as we welcome our newest graduates, share alumni stories, and give thanks using #UCSFAlumniMonth.

The generations of professionals who trained here have shaped our institution, and today, UCSF is the largest employer of UCSF alumni. They also are key to a strong future for UCSF through their ongoing support and advocacy.

On behalf of the entire UCSF community, I extend my deepest gratitude to the more than 67,000 alumni who have helped form the character of the university and who share UCSF’s knowledge and values with the world.

To learn more about our outstanding alumni community, please visit the new alumni website at alumni.ucsf.edu.

Thank you for celebrating UCSF Alumni Month with us.

Sincerely,

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

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