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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 9, 2020
Advocacy
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community,

This morning, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced the establishment of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the first step in their commitment to develop a national strategy aimed at bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. UCSF applauds the Biden-Harris team’s quick action to assemble a group of top public health advisors on this national and global public health crisis as Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris prepare to assume office on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.

The Advisory Board will be co-chaired by Vivek Murthy, MD, the surgeon general under former President Barack Obama; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management at Yale School of Medicine; and UCSF’s David Kessler, MD, JD, professor of pediatrics and of epidemiology and biostatistics, former dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor, and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Kessler led the FDA under the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Two other members of the UCSF faculty have also been named to the 13-person Advisory Board: Eric Goosby, MD and Robert M. Rodriguez, MD.

Dr. Goosby, professor of medicine, served as the interim Director of the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy in the Clinton Administration and implemented the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the Obama administration, among other senior leadership roles.

Dr. Rodriguez, professor of emergency medicine, works in the Emergency Department of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and in...

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July 1, 2020
Community
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community,

For the first time in 30 years, the bi-annual International AIDS Conference, known this year as AIDS 2020, will be held, albeit virtually, in San Francisco and Oakland, July 6-10, 2020.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, medical director of the pioneering Ward 86 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), will co-chair the conference with Cynthia Carey-Grant, an advocate for women, communities of color, and justice in Oakland.

AIDS 2020 will feature presentations, including plenary sessions and press conferences, by or including UCSF infectious disease experts, as well as national leaders, including Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx. Information about tuning into AIDS 2020: Virtual is available online.

The final two days of the conference will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic – an area in which many of our HIV researchers are now working – including its impact on HIV/AIDS research and patient care. Dr. Diane Havlir, chief of the UCSF Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at ZSFG, will talk about the dramatic progress against the HIV epidemic and what this means in the age of COVID-19.

For nearly 40 years, UCSF’s scientists and health care providers have worked with the community and public health partners to fight the effects of HIV/AIDS and to discover a cure. This conference serves as a reminder of the seminal role they have played, both at home and abroad –...

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January 28, 2020
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

The UC Office of the President posted today a report by the chair of the systemwide Working Group on Comprehensive Access (WGCA), which has worked since August 2019 to develop recommendations on the critically important issue of UC’s affiliations with faith-based health systems.

The WGCA chair’s report was presented to UC President Janet Napolitano earlier this month and is now available for public viewing at ucal.us/wgca, along with comment letters from some of the individuals who served on the WGCA. The report will be presented to the UC Regents at their meeting in May.

We encourage you to read the report and share your perspectives via an online tool, which is available at the url above. The public comment period will run through February 21, 2020.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

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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May 29, 2019
Partnerships

Dear UCSF Community:

Partnerships with peer institutions and industry leaders are an important part of our strategy to accelerate our work across all of UCSF’s mission areas. When considering these relationships, we must ensure that potential partners can sufficiently protect and safeguard any sensitive data we share as part of our collaboration.

A task force comprising UCSF leaders in research, technology, and operations has been working to better understand the unique opportunities and challenges confronting UCSF in regard to our collaborations and partnerships with external entities that include sharing sensitive data. Generally, the task force recommended streamlining the process for setting up external collaborations and establishing efficient oversight of certain types of relationships that involve sharing sensitive data.

The work to implement these recommendations is underway. The first step is to activate an interim process to flag high-risk data sharing proposals for review by the UCSF Enterprise Information and Analytics Committee (EIA) led by Dr. Jennifer Grandis. Specifically, prior to executing a contract, our designated contracting teams will forward to the EIA proposed partnership contracts that involve:

  • Sharing any UC-protected health information (PHI) outside of IRB-approved clinical trials
  • Sharing sensitive UCSF data with high-risk countries or companies
    • Identified using Restricted Party Screening software from Visual Compliance® and information from government and law enforcement authorities (e.g., FBI)
  • ...
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May 28, 2019
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues, Friends, Concerned Citizens:

Over the past several weeks, and in particular at the recent meeting of the UC Board of Regents, we have seen and heard hundreds of thoughtful, principled, and impassioned statements about UCSF’s proposal to expand our relationship with Dignity Health’s four Bay Area hospitals.

Many of you have expressed strong concerns about a significantly expanded UCSF relationship with a health care system that has certain limits on women’s reproductive services, LGBTQ care, and end-of-life options. Meanwhile, many of you have been adamant that UCSF must build on its decades-long affiliation with Dignity Health in order to provide critically needed health care services to our Bay Area communities.

We respect and appreciate the diversity of opinions from multiple stakeholders both within UCSF and outside our University, and we have heard you all. In the past several days, we have met internally, with Dignity Health, and with leaders both in the University of California Office of the President and the Regents. Given the concerns, we will not continue to pursue the affiliation as it had been envisioned, which would have created a stronger link between UCSF Health and Dignity Health’s four Bay Area hospitals.

What remains true is that the critical patient needs that have driven our discussions with Dignity Health still exist, and we have a responsibility to meet them. Going forward, we will continue to work to identify a path to help meet those needs and increase access to crucial health services. We will develop solutions that address many of the concerns we have heard. We are particularly sensitive to addressing the unique needs of women,...

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May 13, 2019
Partnerships
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Many of you have heard about our intention to expand our collaboration with Dignity Health. Although a proposal has not yet been finalized, our efforts are being publicly discussed.

We want to be clear as to why we are exploring this collaboration with Dignity and how, together, we can expand patient access to quality health care – care for women, care for the LGBTQ community, and care for all patients. We want to underscore that UCSF’s PRIDE Values will be central to this affiliation and are central to all that we do.

In addition, we want to let you know where you can find information about our plans with Dignity. Information is available on our Dignity Health Affiliation page, including FAQs, a letter from the UCSF Academic Senate, and a faculty opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle.

What we are exploring is a broader affiliation between UCSF Health and Dignity Health. The aim is to expand our services at four Dignity hospitals – St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. This would be an expansion of our current relationship with Dignity, a relationship...

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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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March 11, 2018
Partnerships
Philanthropy
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We write to share our thanks for the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff to providing the best quality care for our patients and for the positive impact this is having on patients’ lives. While this is always true, we recognize that the last few months have been particularly challenging as we have seen a record number of inpatients.

For the first time in our history, more than 800 inpatients are receiving care in our hospitals each day. This unprecedented patient demand is a reflection of the tremendous accomplishments of our faculty and staff in improving patients’ health, their experiences with UCSF Health, as well as, the operations of our organization.

Patients have many choices about where to receive care for themselves and their families, and doctors have options about where to refer patients. Our numbers demonstrate the confidence of the community in UCSF Health and UC San Francisco.

To meet the growing demand, we expect to continue to add clinical capacity – either within our own facilities or with our partners. We have started to expand our clinical programs into space at our affiliates, such as St. Mary’s Medical...

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