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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.

July 8, 2020
Leadership
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Late yesterday, the University of California Board of Regents announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, MD, as the 21st president of the University of California system.

Dr. Drake takes the helm of the UC system at a pivotal time. I am confident that his leadership will guide us through the challenges facing us.

His appointment is especially meaningful because Dr. Drake is a former UCSF colleague. He received his medical degree from UCSF, did his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology here, and subsequently spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UCSF School of Medicine, including as the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology. He was also vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and senior associate dean for admissions and extramural academic programs in the School of Medicine. Pending an academic personnel review, he also will become a tenured professor at UCSF.

As we enthusiastically welcome Dr. Drake back to our community, I want to express my gratitude to UC President Janet Napolitano. I have been honored to serve as Chancellor under her leadership. Among many other actions, President Napolitano’s championing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stands as a sterling example of how she led with courage, determination and a dedication to the ideals of equity and inclusion that we hold dear at UCSF. 

Please see below for the announcement on Dr. Drake from the chair of the UC Board of Regents, John A. Pérez.

Sincerely,

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

 


 

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June 18, 2020
Advocacy
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking the Trump administration from immediately rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a significant victory, ensuring that some 700,000 young immigrants—including students at UCSF—can retain their legal status in the United States to study and work, without fear of deportation, for now.

The program, established by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows so-called Dreamers, brought to the United States illegally as children, to apply for a temporary status that lasts for two years and is renewable. While the Supreme Court’s ruling today is good news, advocates must work to prevent opponents of the DACA program from seeking a lower court to consider their arguments. The ruling also does not provide a path to citizenship for our DACA community, and we must work to ensure Congress takes up this action.

As we continue seeking equality and equity for all, we must continue to do more, on DACA and other key issues. We are in the midst of a critical conversation about race and discrimination, especially of Black Americans, in our country, and more must be done to advance LGBTQ rights, to name just two important challenges.

In celebrating today’s Supreme Court ruling on DACA, I express my gratitude for UC President Janet Napolitano’s leadership on this important issue. The University of California has been a key advocate for DACA and was the first university in the nation to file a lawsuit challenging the proposed rescission of the DACA policy. I invite you to read the ...

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May 19, 2020
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

In cities across the country the rhythm of daily life as we knew it only a few months ago is slowly beginning to return. In California, from the state capitol to city hall to UCSF, the focus on frontline response is broadening to include recovery efforts, even as we continue to watch for a resurgence.

As we address the financial damage created by COVID-19, we will face tough decisions. The economic uncertainty before UC and UCSF raises questions about budgets, staffing levels, and compensation, adding to the toll the pandemic has taken on everyone’s lives, especially the most vulnerable among us. These are important issues, and I want you to know that I will address them in a straightforward manner as more information becomes available.

Budgets

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a revised state budget that included a reduction for UC funding. Though we do not yet know the specific impact on UCSF, we must start preparing for potential budget cuts for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Continuing shortfalls on the campus and at UCSF Health only underscore the challenge before us. In response, I am instructing UCSF’s control points to start scenario-planning potential budget reductions of 5-10% in the allocation from the Office of the Chancellor. Additional updates will follow as this work develops.

Staffing and Compensation

At a time of uncertainty, I realize you have questions about potential changes to staffing and compensation. I have instructed the teams facilitating our recovery and resilience strategy to look for creative solutions to reduce costs on supplies and realize savings through the hiring freeze. This work is a shared...

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April 7, 2020
Administrative
Emergency
UC System

Dear UCSF colleagues,

The uncertainty created by this pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of our lives. And as our entire UCSF community rallies to stop the spread of COVID-19, I want you to know we are making decisions based on our commitment to our patients and also to our staff, faculty, learners, researchers, and care providers.

To be sure, we will not understand the full scale of the pandemic’s impact on our societies for some time. Therefore, we must take prudent steps now to ensure our ability to lead through, and emerge from, this public health crisis.

This is why we are working closely with the UC Office of the President on policies that provide stability, such as the extended leave program and the commitment that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020.

Focusing UCSF Health’s efforts on the management of COVID-19 patients, and deferring and curtailing numerous UCSF research and educational programs, were the right decisions to make. However, the cumulative impact of these actions has created unprecedented financial challenges.

Because UCSF is largely a self-supporting campus, we have to make additional difficult decisions. Consequently, effective April 7, 2020, through June 30, 2021, UCSF will implement a hiring freeze on all open and new positions—staff and academic—across the campus and in UCSF Health.

During this period, we will consider exceptions, with a focus on positions that are essential to supporting our mission and operations through this crisis. The Deans, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Senior Vice Chancellor, UCSF Health President and CEO, and I, along with our...

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April 3, 2020
Administrative
Emergency
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

This public health crisis has taken a significant toll on everyone’s lives, including the financial hardships it has created for many. In the face of the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19, we are doing what we can to support our UC community and provide stability during these uncertain times.

I, along with all the chancellors across the University of California system, joined UC President Janet Napolitano in signing a letter ensuring that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs for career employees through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020. You can read the entire message online.

Each campus is working with the UC Office of the President (UCOP) to confirm the details of how this will be implemented. Details are forthcoming.

In the meantime, I hope you are taking care of yourselves and looking after one another. You all have my gratitude for your commitment to fulfilling UCSF’s public health mission, especially during this extraordinary time.

Sincerely,

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

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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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

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