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UC Health names chief procurement officer


Patrice Knight to start Jan. 1, will support ‘Leveraging for Scale’ initiative.

Patrice Knight

The University of California has appointed veteran supply chain executive Patrice Knight as associate vice president – chief procurement officer for UC Health. She will start Jan. 1.

Her appointment is a key position for UC Health’s efforts to better control costs and manage the overall enterprise more efficiently. As part of UC Health’s “Leveraging Scale for Value” initiative, her charge will be to develop programs and processes to achieve a target of $150 million in savings over three years at UC medical centers.

“We’re thrilled to have somebody with Patrice’s experience with procurement and supply chain to join the Leveraging Scale for Value effort,” said Dr. John Stobo, UC Health senior vice president. “She not only has the right experience but the right temperament for helping us achieve the savings in supply chain that we need.”

Knight has more than 30 years of procurement experience with IBM, including vice president-level positions in procurement, global supply, supply chain and strategic sourcing. Most recently, as vice president of procurement at IBM, she led a team of consultants and process managers that focused on year-over-year efficiency and effectiveness improvements across all businesses and delivered more than $200 million in return on investment over five years.

“I’m excited to be part of UC Health and to help accelerate the transformation of procurement and supply chain,” Knight said. “Adding program and process innovations to Leveraging Scale for Value will yield even greater savings, and support the ongoing mission of UC. I look forward to working with both the medical centers and the suppliers to enable these changes.”

UC Health launched the Leveraging Scale for Value initiative in March to reduce costs and enhance revenue at UC medical centers. Its initial focus is on supply chain, revenue cycle and clinical laboratories. The effort, developed in consultation with UC leadership, is aligned with UC President Janet Napolitano’s push to identify cost savings and operational efficiencies.

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UC names special advisor on innovation, entrepreneurship


Regis Kelly also will continue to direct operations at QB3.

Regis Kelly

The University of California has announced that Regis Kelly began his tenure on Dec. 1 as special advisor on innovation and entrepreneurship to UC President Janet Napolitano.

As special advisor to Napolitano, Kelly will promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship across the UC system, working closely with leaders at the university’s campuses, medical centers and national laboratories. Kelly also will develop external partnerships that drive long-term revenue for the university and maximize the public benefit of UC innovations.

Kelly’s work also will complement UC Ventures, a recently announced $250 million fund that will invest in technologies emerging from the university’s 10 campuses and three national laboratories. UC Ventures uses no state or tuition funds.

“Working throughout the UC system to recognize and nurture innovation is an exciting and ambitious endeavor,” Kelly said. “Entrepreneurship can serve the public interest in many ways. I’m committed to identifying more opportunities to convert UC discoveries into services or products that can benefit California and the world, while creating value and jobs along the way.”

“I am thrilled that Regis is now part of our systemwide efforts to better capture the economic value UC students and faculty create through their pioneering research,” said Napolitano. “The University of California is the best public research university in the world. Now, we aim to maximize the public impact brought about by innovation and entrepreneurship fostered in our classrooms and laboratories.”

Kelly, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics and a former executive vice chancellor at UC San Francisco, has served since 2004 as director of QB3, one of the four Gov. Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation created by the University of California. He will continue to direct operations at QB3 while taking on his new position.

Kelly oversaw the 2006 launch of the first technology incubator at UC and the subsequent proliferation of incubator spaces including QB3@953, a San Francisco operation now supporting 45 early-stage life science companies. He also is a general partner in QB3’s venture fund, Mission Bay Capital, for which he receives no compensation.

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UC San Diego Health System names chief experience officer


Thomas Savides to fill newly created role.

Thomas Savides, UC San Diego

By Jackie Carr, UC San Diego

Thomas Savides, M.D., has been named as the first chief experience officer at UC San Diego Health System. In the newly created role, Savides will be responsible for the strategy, leadership and implementation of the plan to improve the total health care experience of patients, families, providers and staff.

“At UC San Diego Health System, we recognize that engaged employees drive the patient experience and understand that every encounter we have with patients and their loved ones influences their perceptions of the care we deliver, the compassion we show and the value we provide,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “We are excited to have Dr. Savides champion employee engagement and patient experience so that we can exceed our patients’ expectation in everything we do.”

Savides is tasked with helping to develop and lead a cultural transformation that results in new levels of patient care excellence that are grounded in innovative health care programs. He will motivate and inspire employees to continually strive for service excellence while promoting a culture where patient service and satisfaction are top of mind and continuously improved.

In 1993, Savides joined the UC San Diego Division of Gastroenterology. He is a nationally recognized expert in interventional gastrointestinal endoscopy, and currently serves as professor of clinical medicine, vice chair of strategic affairs for the Department of Medicine and clinical services chief in the Division of Gastroenterology.  During his tenure at UC San Diego Health System, Savides has served in other leadership positions including chair of Health Sciences Faculty Council, member of the UC San Diego Medical Group Board of Governors, interim chief of gastroenterology and GI clinical services chief.

Through his demonstrated expertise in leading organizational and cultural change, Savides will help to ensure that service excellence practices are sustained and remain highly visible to all employees, physicians and volunteers across the health system enterprise.

Savides completed his internal medicine and gastroenterology training at UCLA Medical Center after receiving his medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine and undergraduate degree from Harvard College. Savides has authored more than 175 publications including original research articles, invited reviews, books, chapters and videos.  He has been a governing board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and president of the San Diego Gastroenterology Society.

He consistently is named a “Top Doc” in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society, as well as U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Doctors” in gastroenterology in the United States. He is a two-time recipient of UC San Diego Health System’s Attending Physician of the Year Award, and also received UC San Diego Health Sciences’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Care.

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UC San Diego Health, I.V. Family Care Medical Group sign affiliation


Agreement will enhance health care in the Imperial Valley.

By Jackie Carr, UC San Diego

UC San Diego Health System and Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group (IVFCMG) announced a comprehensive affiliation that will enhance the depth and quality of multispecialty health care services and clinical trials available to patients in the Imperial Valley and surrounding communities.

“California health care providers must collaborate to offer the best possible health services across the state. With this affiliation, our goal is to improve access to care so that patients in Imperial Valley can benefit from a broad array of high-quality services at the best possible value,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “Together with Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group and their superb physicians and staff, we can fulfill our mission of delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.”

Viviano added that UC San Diego Health System looks forward to working closely with Pioneers Memorial Hospital, El Centro Regional Medical Center and the medical community to complement existing services while serving the overall health needs of the region.

“This affiliation with UC San Diego Health System is an excellent way to bring the benefits of academic medicine to the Imperial Valley community,” said Vachas Palakodeti, M.D., president, IVFCMG. “The primary goal is to provide a broader base of medical care for the entire Imperial Valley by connecting with the region’s only academic health system — one of the top-ranked health systems in the nation.”

As terms of the affiliation, IVFCMG will become a member of the UC San Diego Health Physicians Network. The relationship will increase access to specialty care and more than 2,500 clinical trials for patients in the Imperial Valley. Communication and delivery of services between the two organizations will be streamlined by integrating electronic medical records, providing telemedicine and direct access to specialists.

Patients in Imperial Valley who are in need of advanced medical and surgical care will receive priority transfers to UC San Diego Health System, including the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Moores Cancer Center and Hillcrest Medical Center – one of the nation’s first comprehensive stroke centers. UC San Diego Health System currently supports the Imperial Valley by providing tertiary care for complex cardiovascular disease, primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction, telemedicine stroke consultations and advanced care for high-risk pregnancies, trauma and burn patients. This affiliation will further expand this long-standing relationship.

Additionally, UC San Diego Health System and IVFCMG will pursue a model of delivery in which best practices for patient care for chronic diseases are identified and shared. This approach to managing health care is designed to improve patient outcomes by optimizing and standardizing care based on evidence-based practices.

Established in 1995, IVFCMG is the largest physician’s multispecialty group with 13 clinics in Imperial County including El Centro, Brawley and Calexico. The physicians and medical staff of IVFCMG provide a broad range of medical services, including internal medicine and family practice and specialty clinics in cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, nephrology and neurology.

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Regents approve UCSF’s Long Range Development Plan for 2035


Land-use plan provides blueprint for growth in new era of health and science.

The UC Board of Regents has voted to approve UC San Francisco’s 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) following five years of planning and substantial community involvement. Regents also approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that accompanied the plan.

Regents approved the plan and the EIR at their meeting on Nov. 20.

The LRDP provides a land-use roadmap to support the growth of the university’s education, research and patient care programs over the next two decades, while also considering the needs and changing landscape of nearby neighborhoods and San Francisco overall.

“The plan is a blueprint for a new era that in many ways signifies a sea change in the world of health and science,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S. “Advances in technology, biomedical science and health care delivery continue to transform how teaching, medical treatment and scientific research are conducted. These shifts require a re-thinking of our physical-space needs. In addition, reductions in federal research funding require us to become more efficient, in terms of reduced overhead of leases and optimization of space.

“The LRDP helps to ensure that we are able to maintain our vital role as a world-class university – providing high-quality and specialized patient care; training the next generation of health care providers, scientists and academics; and discovering the greatest advances to fight and treat disease.  It also will allow us to continue to support the Bay Area. As San Francisco’s second-largest employer, we take pride in bringing more good jobs to the city, and helping to drive the region’s position as a global leader in health and science.”

Unlike the previous LRDP, which focused on significant growth – and resulted in the creation of the Mission Bay campus site – this plan anticipates a slower rate of growth over the next 20 years, and places renewed focus on consolidation and renovation of existing facilities as well as improving seismic safety.

“Among other aspects, the plan will enable faculty, staff and students to work more collaboratively and efficiently, thanks to consolidation and fewer remote sites,” said Lori Yamauchi, UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for campus planning.  “It will also have other benefits, from helping to attract top talent to the Bay Area and creating a more vibrant and collegial environment, to reducing commute time and traffic congestion.”

The LRDP represents extensive planning and consultation with UCSF staff as well as with adjacent communities and the city’s civic leaders. “UCSF clearly incorporated neighbor feedback into the LRDP,” said Susan Eslick, vice president of the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association and a member of UCSF’s Community Advisory Group. “We appreciate UCSF wanting to ensure that its development complements and supports the future needs of our neighborhoods and San Francisco.”

The LRDP anticipates a 30 percent rise in UCSF’s total population, including a 31 percent increase in employees and 34 percent more patient visits, and a 26 percent increase in gross square footage, mostly at the Mission Bay campus site where UCSF owns undeveloped land within its existing 62-acre site and has infrastructure planned to support the expansion.

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Regents approve long-term stability plan for tuition, financial aid


Plan would allow UC to enroll more California students.

The University of California Board of Regents approved today (Nov. 20) a five-year plan for low, predictable tuition that, together with modest state funds, would allow UC to enroll more California students, maintain the university’s strong financial aid program and invest in educational quality.

The plan authorizes UC to increase tuition by up to 5 percent per year through 2019-20, an amount that could be reduced or eliminated entirely if the state provides sufficient revenue. The full board approved the plan on a 14-7 vote. At Wednesday’s (Nov. 19) meeting, the Regents Long-Range Financial Plan Committee approved the plan on a 7-2 vote, with Gov. Jerry Brown and student regent Sadia Saifuddin voting against it.

“No one wants to see the price of a UC education increase, but I believe the plan is fair and necessary if UC is to remain a world-class, public-serving university,” said Bruce Varner, regents chair, at Wednesday’s meeting, where the plan was discussed at length.

UC President Janet Napolitano noted that state support for UC students remains near the lowest it has been in more than 30 years. The university receives about $460 million less today than it did before the recession.

“Despite the level of public disinvestment, its research and academic reputation have been largely sustained,” Napolitano said. “Entire swaths of the California economy — from biotechnology to the wine industry — have sprung from UC research. UC graduates lead the creativity and innovation activities upon which California prides itself.

“With this plan we can invest in faculty. This means we can increase course selection, speed time to graduation, and better support graduate education as well as undergraduate education. But we cannot continue to do these things without additional revenue.”

She said the long-term plan also would help students, families and the university by helping to end the annual “feast or famine” budget cycle in which tuition rises and falls — sometimes dramatically — in relation to state funding.

“This plan brings clarity to the tuition and financial aid process for our students and their families,” Napolitano said.

Napolitano noted that UC has one of the strongest financial aid programs of any university in the country: Fifty-five percent of California undergraduates have all systemwide tuition and fees covered.

The plan preserves that robust aid model. It also will allow UC to enroll 5,000 more California students, a critical component given that applications are “running at a record pace,” as they have been for the last decade, Napolitano said.

Brown proposed that he and Napolitano instead form a select committee to investigate a variety of ideas for reducing UC’s long-term costs, including creation of a three-year undergraduate degree, greatly expanding the use of online courses, and the development of campus specific specializations.

Napolitano and other regents welcomed the committee idea, but said UC could not wait to take decisive action on the university’s budget.

Regent Sherry Lansing thanked the governor and said she looked forward to deeper talks with the state.

She noted that Brown recently had vetoed a bill that would have boosted UC’s state funding by $50 million, and that the state also does not contribute to UC’s employer portion of pension costs, even though it does pay those for both the California State University and the California Community College system.

“Our pension funds are treated differently than CSU, and if they weren’t we would not be talking about a tuition increase,” Lansing said. “The solutions are there: Give us a tuition buyout or better than that, cover the pension obligation.”

Regent Bonnie Reiss echoed the sentiment. She said that California’s recent funding priorities have included funds for high-speed rail, water storage and a rainy day fund.

“All are important. But I say to our elected leaders, isn’t investing in public higher education an equally important priority?”

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UCSF Mission Bay hospital complex to open Feb. 1


Three new hospitals for women, children and cancer patients.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will open Feb. 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Citret)

After more than 10 years of planning and construction, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will open Feb. 1, 2015 on UC San Francisco’s world-renowned biomedical research campus. UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay comprises UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital and UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital. The new facilities include a 289-bed hospital complex, with children’s emergency and outpatient services that will integrate research and medical advancements with patient-focused, compassionate care.​

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will welcome its first patients the morning of Feb. 1, when teams of health care professionals and ambulances begin moving some inpatients from the UCSF Parnassus campus and Mount Zion campus into the new facilities.

The new medical center, strategically located on UCSF’s 60.2-acre Mission Bay research campus, will enhance UCSF’s ecosystem of innovation by putting physicians in close proximity to researchers and near biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in Mission Bay and beyond. The new cancer hospital, for example, will sit near the UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, where every day leading scientists are seeking causes and cures for cancer.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay also will feature the only operating hospital helipad in San Francisco to transport critically ill babies, children and pregnant women to the medical center from outlying hospitals.

“UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay profoundly advances our ability to fulfill our mission as a public hospital, providing high-quality health care that meets the future needs of the entire Bay Area,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. “By embedding clinical care within our research enterprise at Mission Bay, UCSF physicians and scientists in the forefront of cancer medicine, and women’s and children’s health will be able to more readily translate discoveries into next-generation therapies and cures.”

Each of the new hospitals’ designs reflects significant input from patients and families, as well as clinicians.

“UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay sets a national benchmark for patient- and family-centered health care by offering an unparalleled healing environment that supports and connects patients and their families during hospital stays,” said Cindy Lima, executive director, UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals Project. “These new hospitals expand our capacity to provide the most advanced treatments in buildings that reflect input from the people who will use them.”

The hospitals feature state-of-the art technology, including the world’s largest hospital fleet of autonomous robotic couriers which will deliver linens, meals and medications. Interactive media walls in each private room will enable patients to communicate with their families and clinicians, and an imaging suite specially designed to eliminate anxiety during an MRI offers children the chance to virtually experience a San Francisco trolley ride, or to play with a cast of animated critters as they boat around the San Francisco Bay.

Distinctive features of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay include 4.3 acres of green space and 1.2 acres of rooftop gardens, soothing art- and light-filled interiors and a public plaza created in partnership with the City of San Francisco. In addition, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is on target to be one of the first LEED Gold-certified hospital in California.

The Integrated Center for Design and Construction brought together more than 200 architects, engineers and contractors working side by side in a command center on the construction site. Construction of the hospitals began in December 2010.

“The healing power of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay extends beyond the hospitals’ walls, as clinicians and researchers work side by side to accelerate medical breakthroughs and transform the delivery of health care in this country,” said Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S., chancellor of UC San Francisco. “It’s important to note that the hospital complex was built only through the generous philanthropic support of the Bay Area community, who share our vision of advancing health care across the world. We are greatly appreciative of their unwavering commitment to our mission over the past decade. ”

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, provides treatment for virtually all pediatric conditions, as well as for critically ill newborns. The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco was one of the first of its kind in the world. The hospital is the only California state-designated children’s medical center in San Francisco and is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

The new 183-bed facility at Mission Bay creates an environment where children and their families find quality care at the forefront of scientific discovery. Private rooms in the intensive care nursery support the youngest patients, while the fully accredited classroom and teachers enable school-age patients to continue their education while focusing on their health. The hospital offers accommodations for families of pediatric patients and nearby lodging for those requiring longer stays.

UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital

UCSF ranks consistently among the top cancer care centers in the nation, according to the “America’s Best Hospitals” survey from U.S. News & World Report. UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital sets the standard in personalized care, delivering advanced cancer therapies tailored to individual patient needs. The hospital increases UCSF’s inpatient and outpatient capacity to meet growing demand, in a state-of-the-art facility. The new hospital will absorb many of the cancer surgery beds currently located at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, offering cancer surgeries in specialties ranging from urology and orthopedics, to head and neck and gynecologic oncology. Specialists also serve the individual needs of cancer patients from the children’s and women’s hospitals. In the future, Mission Bay could house as many as 250 or more surgery beds, with a full complement of outpatient cancer care services.

UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital

As the region’s first dedicated women’s hospital, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital will embody the philosophy of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The new hospital will deliver care that addresses health needs across a woman’s lifetime, including cancer treatment, specialty surgery, a 36-bed birth center, nine deluxe labor and delivery rooms, and select outpatient services. Customizing care to each patient, the hospital will provide the best available diagnostic tests and treatments in a caring, women- and family-focused environment that incorporates the latest technology. Spacious rooms allow loved ones to spend the day or night comfortably.

Each labor and delivery room is designed to be respectful to patients and families during the life-altering event of childbirth. Combining sophisticated technical capabilities with carefully considered design choices, each room emits a sense of calm for the birthing experience. At the same time, it is a highly functional space for clinicians to provide quality care.

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UC Irvine Health announces affiliation with Corona Regional Medical Center


Priorities include enhancing cancer, stroke and perinatal-neonatal care.

UC Irvine Health and Corona Regional Medical Center announced a comprehensive affiliation that will enhance the depth and variety of specialty health care services available in Corona and nearby communities. A major hospital expansion project will accompany this affiliation.

“Our goal is to transform health care in west Riverside County,” said Mark Uffer, CEO and managing director of Corona Regional Medical Center. “The affiliation with UC Irvine Health complements our strengths, brings residents a variety of clinical services normally available only from an academic medical center and allows local patients to be treated closer to home.”

This transformation of Corona Regional Medical Center includes recently approved expansion plans that include an entirely new building. This new building will include a larger emergency room that more than doubles the size of the existing space and creates shelled space above that will be designed for future private patient rooms.

Corona Regional is a subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. The expansion and an affiliation with a prestigious university health system reflects the strong commitment UHS has toward meeting the needs of the growing communities along the Interstate 15 and Highway 91 corridors, Uffer said.

“We are pleased to provide the residents of the Inland Empire access to the clinical expertise we’re known for as an academic medical center,” said Terry A. Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center. “The area is growing and it is a privilege to formalize the longstanding relationship we have with Corona Regional and the area’s residents.”

The agreement will initially focus on developing several key specialty services supported by UC Irvine’s clinical and research expertise:

  • Stroke telemedicine — Minutes count when treating a stroke. Backing up Corona Regional’s stroke program with the resources of UC Irvine Health and its Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center gives the community instant access to the region’s greatest concentration of fellowship-trained stroke neurologists and surgeons.
  • Cancer services — The two institutions will explore ways to bring the resources of UC Irvine Health’s National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center to the Inland Empire. The UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 41 in the United States and is dedicated to excellence in cancer treatment, prevention, research and education. Its specialists in medical and surgical oncology offer access to more than 150 ongoing clinical trials that reflect the latest cancer treatments.
  • Maternal-fetal medicine — The affiliation includes plans to create a perinatal services program in Corona, building on Corona Regional’s obstetrical and gynecological program and UC Irvine Health’s expertise in managing complex and high-risk pregnancies. This agreement formalizes a years-long relationship in which UC Irvine’s medical faculty assisted physicians at Corona Regional to manage difficult pregnancies and deliveries through the resources of the UC Irvine Health high-risk perinatal and regional neonatal intensive care services. The two organizations will also explore jointly developing a neonatal ICU at Corona Regional.

This affiliation is a natural extension of a longstanding connection between the greater Corona area and UC Irvine Medical Center. Many residents have roots in and commute to work in Orange County. UC Irvine Health has provided services to Corona-area residents for decades, including more than 525 last year who required tertiary care such as complex neurosurgery, high-risk perinatal, trauma and cancer services. This agreement strengthens the continuity of care for Corona Regional patients who need primary, specialty and tertiary services, as well as access to new health care resources.

Corona officials are enthusiastic about the announcement.

“I am elated that the expansion is finally coming to fruition, as the residents of Corona will benefit from more modern facilities and higher levels of care,” said Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel. A longtime supporter, Spiegel has worked closely with the Corona Regional administration for a decade on expansion plans. “We have worked hard to change the face of our city and to create a healthier community — one that we can all be proud of.”

Spiegel said the project will bring much needed health care services to the growing community and views the academic and clinical affiliation with UC Irvine Health as a major contribution to the quality of life for Inland Empire residents.

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UC San Diego names associate dean for public health


Bess Marcus to develop a Public Health Institute.

Bess Marcus, UC San Diego

Bess Marcus, Ph.D., has been appointed senior associate dean for public health with the UC San Diego School of Medicine. This new appointment recognizes the rapidly growing field of public health in academic medicine and its pivotal role in protecting and improving the health of individuals and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, detection and control of infectious diseases and assessing hazardous environments.

Marcus will develop a Public Health Institute to serve as a home for all public health-oriented efforts at UC San Diego. This strategic role is designed to promote public health research and education activities across the campus, foster interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations, focus the need for resources and oversee public health degree offerings at UC San Diego.

“The ultimate goal of this new role and the institute is to help people achieve healthier, happier lives,” said Marcus who also serves as chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. “The university wants its passionate and talented public health students to serve in the broader community where, mentored by our top-notch research faculty, they can help to implement evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.”

“The field of public health is central to addressing some of the most pressing health issues we face today, such as rising health care costs and the need for greater prevention of disease and disability across the lifespan,” said David Brenner, M.D., vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Marcus in this leadership role and look forward to developing programs that will impact the health of our local communities.”

Marcus earned her M.S. and PhD. degrees in clinical psychology from Auburn University, with a fellowship in behavioral medicine at Brown University.  She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and three books. Her colleagues have recognized her with numerous awards, including the “Women Who Mean Business” Award from the San Diego Business Journal and the UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award.

For more than 25 years, Marcus has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research aimed at promoting exercise adherence and understanding the acquisition and maintenance of exercise behavior. She developed and validated assessments for understanding the stages and processes of exercise behavior change and has also developed interventions to promote moderate-intensity physical activity in community, workplace and primary care settings. Over the past 10 years her research has focused on increasing physical activity among underserved and vulnerable populations.

She has regularly participated in American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health panels, which have created recommendations and guidelines on the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits. She served on the Executive Committee for the Development of a National Strategic Plan for Physical Activity and she now serves on the Board of Directors for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

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UC San Diego names CEO for faculty practice


Thomas Moore also will be dean of clinical affairs.

Thomas Moore, UC San Diego

Thomas Moore, M.D., has been named dean of clinical affairs and CEO for faculty practice at UC San Diego Health Sciences.

In this role, Moore will provide leadership of UC San Diego Medical Group as chair of the Board of Governors and will work closely with Health Sciences clinical department chairs and chief administrative officers to implement strategies to enhance clinical operations and to ensure an effective care delivery network, community care program, and a comprehensive ambulatory risk management program.

Additionally, Moore will be responsible for ensuring that UC San Diego Health System’s clinical programs and activities achieve the highest standards of service and are integrated to support the unique needs of an academic health system.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Moore will continue to contribute greatly to our organization’s mission of delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “In this expanded role, he will also help to enhance the patient experience, streamline operational efficiencies and improve clinical outcomes.”

Previously, Moore was professor and chairman of the Department of Reproductive Medicine for 18 years and chair of the Women and Infants Clinical Program Council. He was also a member of the Health System’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the Medical Group’s Board of Governors Finance Committee and the Council of Chairs, and served as chair of the Jacobs Medical Center Birth Center Steering Committee. Moore has been with UC San Diego Health System since 1983.

Moore served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and participated in two executive development programs through the Wharton School of Business and the Harvard School of Business. During his medical training, he completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine after completing his residency and internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Moore earned his medical degree and graduated cum laude from Yale University in Connecticut. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in major medical textbooks, including co-editing Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal Fetal Medicine and contributing to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Diseases of the Newborn.

Nationally, Moore has served as officer and participant on numerous boards and advisory panels including those of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, and National Institutes of Health. Moore has been ranked several times as one of the top obstetricians and gynecologists in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and has been named repetitively as a “Top Doc” in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey performed in collaboration with the San Diego County Medical Society. Most recently he received the Louis M. Hellman MD Midwifery Partnership Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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New contract reached for residents at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland


Agreement benefits physicians and patients.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare) have announced a contract settlement that recognizes the importance of the 91 resident physicians to the hospital and their role in furthering the hospital’s goal of providing unsurpassed care to children throughout the Bay Area.

“UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland values our mission of educating physicians-in-training to become the next generation of pediatric caregivers,” says Dr. Bertram Lubin, president and CEO of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that further enables our residents to become outstanding pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in our community.”

The Committee of Interns and Residents voted and approved the contract, which will be in effect until May 2016. The agreement doubles the educational allowance for resident physicians and provides an additional subsidy to help cover the cost of the Board Exams that residents must take in their final year of residency. The educational allowance, which residents use to pay for books, conferences and electronic devices, will be increased from $500, $550 and $600 for first, second and third year residents to $1,000, $1,100 and $1,200, respectively through May 2016. The contract also provides a $500 ratification bonus to all residents. At the same time, the agreement takes into consideration the hospital’s need to be fiscally responsible in this challenging health care environment.

The residents’ union and the hospital also agreed to reassign an existing fund operated by the CHO Foundation to be used as a Patient Care Fund. The fund, which currently contains $93,000, can be used to purchase discharge medications and equipment based on needs identified by the resident physicians.

“It has been a difficult journey, but my fellow co-workers and I have certainly gained an understanding of the bargaining process and the importance of standing together,” said Dr. Ana Liang, a third-year resident and member of the CIR bargaining committee. “With the ratification of this new contract, I hope we continue to build upon our strengths as a residency program and as an institution bringing world class care to the children of Oakland.”

Both sides said they are gratified with the results and are looking forward to collaborating on advocacy efforts to protect Alameda County’s safety net hospitals and to improve the health of the community.

Media contacts:
Melinda Krigel, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
(510) 428-3069

Heather Appel, CIR/SEIU Healthcare
(917) 886-3651

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Chancellor highlights UCSF’s strengths in era of change


Sam Hawgood recognizes UCSF community in inaugural State of the University.

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood shares a laugh with Andre Campbell and Elizabeth Ozer after delivering his inaugural State of the University address at UCSF today (Sept. 30).

UCSF is poised at “a key inflection point” in its history and must be prepared to swing in new directions, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S., said in his inaugural State of the University speech.

Hawgood addressed a packed auditorium in Cole Hall today (Sept. 30). The audience included nearly 80 past chancellors award winners whom Hawgood recognized to much applause.

Hawgood lauded UCSF for its unwavering support of basic science, its dedication to cultivating the best education and patient care, and its many successes at merging biology and technology in ways that are revolutionizing health.

“To thrive, we will need to be receptive to change and willing to swing in new directions while remaining true to our essential values – no small challenge to get right,” he said.

Hawgood noted that as the university celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, it is “at a hinge of history.” To continue to excel, he said, the university must adapt to changing funding situations and a new era of health and education with advances of technology.

As a 32-year member of the UCSF family, Hawgood said he’s honored to lead UCSF into this next phase in history – marked by new ways of teaching in a digital world, closer ties with the community that surrounds UCSF, and unprecedented levels of teamwork in health care delivery.

“Today, UCSF is a $4.9 billion enterprise. Despite significant stresses for all our community during a recessionary period, this represents more than 50 percent growth in our operating budget over the last seven years,” Hawgood said.

UCSF’s endowment also reached an all-time high in 2014 but it still falls far short of peer private institutions. Hawgood said he will make growing this endowment a high priority.

Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health funding report showed that UCSF was the top public recipient of competitive grants in 2013, with all four professional schools leading the nation in their respective fields. Hawgood noted this underscores the extraordinary faculty and is also a testament to the vision of previous chancellors, ”who saw the opportunity, measured the risk, and built the world-class facilities that enabled this growth.”

Despite UCSF’s banner growth, Hawgood noted that the university is facing a substantive and probably long-term change in funding streams.

Federal funding accounts for more than 40 percent of UCSF’s nearly $5 billion budget, yet federal funding for research has fallen 22 percent over the last decade. State funding has declined as well, and now represents less that 10 percent of the budget.

Hawgood said as the research and education funding shifts across the nation, “helping define and execute well new external partnerships and relationships across all our missions will be a priority of my chancellorship.” And these partnerships will help UCSF more directly translate new knowledge into human good, he said.

Hawgood mentioned several exciting new partnerships already under way, including UCSF’s work with Google to create an online platform to enable health workers around the world predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted. The project uses data from the Google Earth Engine and works to enable resource-poor countries to wage more targeted strategies against the mosquito-born disease, which kills 600,000 people a year.

UCSF is also capitalizing on the strength of the University of California through a new tri-institutional partnership among UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UCSF, he said. “This new alliance will catalyze bold, potentially transformative and collaborative science and technology initiatives among the three partners, beginning with genomics, imaging, and super-computing.”

This year also saw a new clinical partnership as UCSF and the Children’s Hospital Oakland came together to create the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. This affiliation rivals the best children’s hospitals in the country and provides safety net services to some of the most underserved families in our community.

“These and other partnerships in place or in the planning stages, if done right, will help define UCSF’s distinctiveness and serve to help attract the brightest of faculty and students to our campus,” Hawgood said.

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