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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.

June 24, 2022
Advocacy
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color,...

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June 2, 2022
Advocacy
Community
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

A shooting yesterday at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital took the lives of four people, unsettling a nation already reeling from the tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde. While words of condolences and comfort can feel inadequate in the face of this growing public health crisis, we share in the grief for those who lost their lives, as well as the families they leave behind.

Training for Our Community

The fact that this latest gun violence occurred in a place of healing brings the issue closer to home for our community of health professionals and staff. Prior to these recent events, UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) had been preparing a series of training programs, which are more timely than ever.

Beginning next week, UCSF and ZSFG will offer active threat training. Participants will learn how to protect themselves from an active shooter, how to report an incident, and what to expect from the police response. 

  • The UCSF Police Department will offer training for the UCSF community, with in-person and Zoom options. UCSF Police Chief Mike Denson will send more information in a separate communication.
  • San Francisco Sheriff's Department is planning an upcoming active shooter training for the ZSFG campus. More details on this effort are forthcoming.
Town Hall on Gun Violence

UCSF also will hold a town hall to help our community understand the growing epidemic of gun violence. Experts engaged across research, education and training, health policy and care delivery will talk about their work in our communities and what more can be done to prevent gun violence. More information about...

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May 19, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Board of Regents today approved our plans to build a state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, marking an exciting milestone in the transformation of our oldest campus.

This is great news for our providers, staff, and trainees who work there and, importantly, for our patients whom we are privileged to serve. The new hospital has been designed as a human-centered environment that will dramatically enhance the patient experience. Built with facilities to accommodate the latest medical technology, it also will amplify the high-quality care we provide and help address our critical capacity limitations.

I am grateful for the scores of supporters and stakeholders, including many of you, who have participated in dozens of planning sessions, meetings, surveys, and town halls. I extend my deep appreciation to the project team, which has guided the development process, as well as to our donors, including the Helen Diller Foundation and family, who have generously contributed to the project.

When the new hospital opens in 2030, it will be a beacon of pride and hope for San Francisco, providing innovative care backed by UCSF’s research and education for generations to come. You can read more about the new hospital on UCSF.edu.

Sincerely,

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

May 17, 2022
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on campus. While we have not seen an increase in on-site transmission at UCSF, we are seeing a steep rise in community transmission in several Bay Area counties, including San Francisco.

As a reminder, we strongly recommend wearing medical-grade (surgical, N95 or KN95) masks in all indoor locations across campus. Masks remain mandatory in all clinical or health care areas where patients are present, on campus shuttles and in elevators.

Because of the increased community transmission of COVID-19 infection, we also strongly encourage everyone to wear masks when in public indoor settings like grocery stores, restaurants, and other crowded places.

We will continue to track the latest developments and are prepared to return to mandatory masking in all indoors settings at UCSF when necessary, in alignment with guidance and recommendations from public health officials.

In the meantime, please be vigilant about taking all precautions to reduce transmission of the virus: wash your hands frequently, avoid crowded indoor places, and get a booster shot if you are eligible. In addition, you are required to take the following steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • Complete the Daily Health Screener before coming to any UCSF location
  • Report positive cases through the screener
  • In case of a positive test result, complete the separate contact tracing survey as soon as possible, so that we can take steps to stop further transmission quickly...
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April 21, 2022
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to share with you that today UC President Michael Drake and I will welcome U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to our Mission Bay campus, where she will address Black maternal health with the goal of finding solutions to persistent health inequities.

Vice President Harris will meet with families and health practitioners who are part of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences’ EMBRACE, an innovative care program that helps Black families get the perinatal care they need for healthy pregnancies and births.

You are invited to watch Vice President Harris address the disparities in Black maternal health during a news conference to be presented live via the White House livestream at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Sincerely,

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

March 31, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

Beginning today, March 31, UCSF will begin administering second COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 years and older and those who are immunocompromised to protect them against waning immunity following authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday.

UCSF continues to offer the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and first booster shots. Vaccines remain the most effective way to prevent severe disease and death due to coronavirus.  The recent Omicron variant further underscores the importance of vaccinations, boosters and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

UCSF and Benioff Children’s Hospital employees, learners and patients may drop-in at their convenience to a UCSF COVID-19 vaccine clinic location or schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine (primary series, first and second booster shots) by calling (415) 476-3307. Scheduling is also available through the online patient portal MyChart.

Locations and extended hours of operation at UCSF’s COVID-19 clinics are posted on the vaccination page on the coronavirus website. More information about this new round of booster shots will be provided during the UCSF COVID-19 Response Town Hall this Friday, April 1.

Specifically, here’s what you should know:

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March 4, 2022
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

On Tuesday, we welcomed Suresh Gunasekaran as President and CEO of UCSF Health.

In the coming days and weeks, he will be deeply immersed in learning about our organization and the people who comprise it. Suresh will be visiting clinical and non-clinical locations to meet as many of our staff and faculty as possible.

Meanwhile, we send this introductory video in which Suresh shares his thoughts on a number of topics, including why he chose UCSF Health, his commitment to patients, the well-being of our workforce, and teamwork.

I encourage you to scroll to the bottom of his bio page, which includes some fun facts that will help us get to know him better.

You also can read more about his background in this UCSF.edu story.

Suresh brings an impressive track record of health care leadership, and I am looking forward to working with him as our nationally recognized health system continues to evolve.

Sincerely,

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

January 18, 2022
Leadership
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Suresh Gunasekaran as the next president and chief executive officer to lead UCSF’s clinical enterprise.

Suresh joins us from University of Iowa (UI) Health Care, where he serves as CEO of the UI Hospitals & Clinics. In his new role, Suresh will lead UCSF Health and join my executive team and Chancellor’s Cabinet, contributing strategic leadership and guidance to the overall UCSF enterprise.

A seasoned health care executive, Suresh brings an impressive track record of leadership, marked by a commitment to patients, strategic vision, and strong financial performance. His dedication to quality and safety, supporting staff, and serving vulnerable communities will strengthen UCSF Health as it grows to provide greater access to families throughout California.

Read more about him on UCSF.edu.

I also want to thank the members of the search committee, led by Tad Vail, for their excellent work and dedication. Please join me in welcoming Suresh to UCSF.

Sincerely,

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

December 22, 2021
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

Just last week, I wrote to you about the rapid spread of Omicron, which is becoming the dominant COVID-19 virus in the U.S.  I write today to update you on new policy changes as we work as health care leaders to protect our patients, families, and each other. 

Effective immediately, UCSF staff, faculty, and learners must follow these updated policies:

Booster vaccinations are now required by January 31 (deadline extended)

All eligible UCSF staff, faculty, and learners are required to receive a booster vaccination by January 31, 2022.

  • To learn about scheduling a booster shot appointment, providing proof of vaccination from a non-UCSF provider, and other information, visit the Vaccine Information Hub.
  • The UCSF deadline has been extended to align with a recent update to UC policy.

COVID-19 testing in January for on-site workers and learners

To respond to the potential impact of the holiday season, we strongly encourage testing for everyone returning to on-site work in January and for travelers.  The enhanced testing protocol below will be in place for the first half of...

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December 15, 2021
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As the Omicron variant rapidly spreads across the globe, UCSF is kicking off a campaign to get every UCSF care provider, staff, faculty, and learner inoculated with a booster shot by January 15, 2022. Our goal is to get at least 98 percent of the UCSF community vaccinated with a booster, the same impressive level we achieved with the COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Omicron variant has more than 50 mutations that make it more transmissible than previous variants, dramatically reducing the effectiveness of the initial round of vaccines. However, recent research indicates that a booster shot significantly raises the level of protection in those who have been fully vaccinated.

Throughout the pandemic, UCSF has served as a beacon of leadership and hope for our families and communities, and I hope you have felt as proud of our public mission as I have. As we face this new COVID-19 variant, I urge you to lead by example once again and help us reach our booster vaccination goal. In so doing, you will not only reflect the best of our PRIDE Values but also help to protect yourselves, your family and friends, and our shared communities.

UCSF offers COVID-19 booster shots at various locations, including a few upcoming appointments reserved for UCSF employees. To learn more about booster shots at UCSF or elsewhere, please visit the coronavirus website. If you get a booster shot at a location outside UCSF,...

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