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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 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

November 12, 2019
Philanthropy

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
Administrative
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
Community
Emergency
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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October 25, 2019
Leadership

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that Brian Smith has accepted the appointment of UCSF Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research (SAVCR).

Brian has been at the helm of the Office of Ethics and Compliance in an interim capacity since 2017 while also serving as Associate Vice Chancellor – Research. As CECO, Brian will continue to report directly to me, as well as to Alexander Bustamante, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer in the Office of the President. As SAVCR, he will continue to report directly to Vice Chancellor – Research Lindsey Criswell.

The CECO is a critical role for UCSF, providing direction and oversight for the UCSF Ethics and Compliance Program. In this capacity, Brian is responsible for overseeing and implementing key compliance programs that ensure that UCSF fulfills its missions of high-quality research, clinical care, and teaching while preventing fraud, abuse, and waste. He will continue to reach out to leaders across UCSF to assess needs, risks, and issues toward developing sustainable and strategic solutions associated with the challenging and complex nature of regulatory compliance.

As SAVCR, Brian is responsible for management and oversight of multiple infrastructure components of the research enterprise, and he also collaborates closely with faculty leaders and UCSF Health. The SAVCR oversees the operation of the following research support services units: Environment, Health and Safety; Human Research Protection Program; Institutional Animal Care and Use Program; and Laboratory Animal Resource Center.

The CECO and SAVCR is a key leader who...

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October 14, 2019
Advocacy
Community

Dear Colleagues:

With the San Francisco November election approaching and the 2020 primary around the corner, I’m writing to remind our UCSF community about civic engagement on campus and the legal restrictions regarding University of California (UC) involvement in political activities.

San Francisco voters will decide on key issues on November 5, as well as the Mayor and other City positions that have a direct influence on our lives. Voting gives you the opportunity to decide who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you. Remember to update your voter registration by October 21 and join UCSF Votes events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot and upcoming election deadlines.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, UC is subject to laws that apply to public entities. This means that UC and its employees (when acting in their University roles or with UC resources) may not support or oppose candidates for public office or measures on the ballot, or use UC resources (such as UC email, letterhead, or campus facilities) for campaign purposes. I encourage you to review University advocacy guidelines.

Members of our University community may participate in the political process using personal resources, on personal time, and without any inference of University endorsement. When taking a personal position, you may use your title for identification purposes but must offer a disclaimer to clarify you are advocating in an unofficial capacity, such as title for identification purposes only.

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October 7, 2019
Administrative
Community

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the release of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), which outlines a bold vision for revitalizing our oldest and largest UCSF campus and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of its surrounding neighborhoods.

The CPHP envisions a Parnassus Heights campus that can serve our current and future needs for supporting the world-class research, education, and care delivery taking place there every day. New and renovated facilities will provide greater flexibility to adapt to future advances in learning, discovery, and healing. The plan also calls for increasing campus spaces that foster interaction and convergence between our mission areas of research, education, and care delivery. Importantly, the plan embraces smart urban planning strategies to meet the evolving needs of the city, community, and University by expanding on-campus housing, easing traffic congestion, leading in sustainability, and providing welcoming spaces for our faculty, staff, and learners, as well as patients, neighbors, and visitors.

This plan marks a significant milestone in our efforts, which began in 2017 when I asked Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Jenny to lead a strategic site planning process for the Parnassus Heights campus to complement plans for the new hospital. The result is a roadmap for the future that reflects input from hundreds of stakeholders both inside and outside of the University. I am extremely grateful to everyone – from faculty and staff to neighbors and community groups – who shared their time and perspectives to bring us to this exciting point.

We...

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September 20, 2019
Administrative
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to provide an update on our ongoing seismic program to evaluate UCSF’s owned and leased buildings to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our community — our faculty, staff, learners, patients, neighbors, and visitors.

As residents of California, we recognize the importance of taking steps to mitigate seismic risk. UCSF buildings are designed and constructed to the codes and standards that are effective at the time of their construction or major renovation. However, as seismic engineering and standards evolve, we work to update and enhance our facilities to meet the latest standards.

Our current seismic review is part of the University of California’s proactive initiative to update seismic performance ratings throughout the UC system. The UC-wide assessment bolsters our ongoing seismic program, which has invested many millions of dollars to make seismic upgrades across the campus and clinical enterprise. This voluntary effort goes beyond what many institutions across the state currently follow.

Today, we released the first batch of reports based on seismic building evaluations conducted by the UCSF Seismic Review Committee, our independent team of leading structural and geotechnical engineers. The reports are posted online and represent about 20 percent of UCSF’s buildings being evaluated. The seismic experts approved all of the buildings in this first collection for use by the UCSF community, including our patients and visitors. Most of these buildings meet UC seismic standards, while others require further analysis to...

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