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UC to supply electricity to select campuses, medical centers


Making this change could trim UC’s power bills by as much as 10 percent in 2015.

The University of California will begin directly supplying electricity to its campuses and medical centers this month as part of an initiative to become the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.

UC will switch from a third-party electricity supplier and throughout January begin to provide electric power directly to five of its campuses and three of its medical centers, along with other electric accounts throughout the university.

“The University of California is committed to being a leader in sustainability and this brings us another step closer to achieving carbon neutrality,” said Nathan Brostrom, UC’s chief financial officer. “Making this switch will give UC more control over the type of energy it buys, and provide our campuses and medical centers with more price transparency.”

Last year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP), allowing its Wholesale Power Program to serve as the primary energy supplier, under direct access rules, to UC Irvine and its medical center, UC San Diego and its medical center, UC San Francisco and its medical center, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced and a number of other accounts throughout the university.

Direct access is an optional service that allows retail customers to purchase electric supplies and additional energy services from a competitive ESP.

UC’s ability to enter into its own long-term contracts is intended to help control costs. UC staff estimate that making this change also could trim the university’s power bills by as much as 10 percent in 2015.

As part of its climate neutrality initiative, UC also announced plans last September to make the largest solar energy purchase by any U.S. higher education institution by signing two power purchase agreements with Frontier Renewables, a power provider focused on solar photovoltaic technology. Those agreements secure solar energy for UC for 25 years, and will allow the university to supply 206,000 megawatt-hours per year of solar energy to California’s electrical grid.

UC’s Wholesale Power Program is overseen by a governing board with representatives from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz.

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UCLA Health Sciences vice chancellor leaving for top post at Duke Health System


A. Eugene Washington has led a ‘bold new direction for the future of health care.’

A. Eugene Washington

In a message to the UCLA campus community today (Jan. 13), Chancellor Gene Block announced that Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will be leaving UCLA at the end of February. Read the full text of the chancellor’s statement below.

To the Campus Community:

Regretfully, I write to announce the departure from UCLA of Dr. A. Eugene Washington, who for nearly five years has admirably served our campus and the Los Angeles community as vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and who has helped elevate our medical enterprise to world-class status.

Dr. Washington has been selected to serve as chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System beginning April 1.

An internationally renowned clinical investigator and health policy scholar, Gene came to UCLA in 2010 after a remarkable career at UC San Francisco, where he served as executive vice chancellor, provost and professor.

Since his arrival, Gene has proven to be an exceptional leader dedicated to improving the health of people throughout the Los Angeles region and far beyond. During his tenure, our medical centers in Westwood and Santa Monica have repeatedly been named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll, consistently ranking among the best in the nation and No. 1 in California. Last November, Dr. Washington received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for his lasting contributions to health care.

In his time at UCLA, Dean Washington led a bold new direction for the future of health care, beginning a strategic planning process that envisioned 24/7 medical care by multidisciplinary teams, fast-track translation of groundbreaking research into hands-on health care and impactful partnerships dedicated to solving critical health issues in underserved communities. This process sought input from faculty, staff and students across the health system and the medical school, and created a blueprint for the future of our medical school and health system.

Also under his direction, a new groundbreaking gift from David Geffen helped ushered in an era in which increasing numbers of our students are pursuing their passions unencumbered by medical school debt, and has contributed to making the school one of the most competitive in the nation.

A national leader in assessing medical technologies, Gene also worked to develop clinical practice guidelines and establish disease prevention policies, particularly in women’s health. He was elected to the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine nearly two decades ago and, in 2010, served as program chair of the IOM annual meeting focused on advancing health through innovation. Throughout his career, Dr. Washington’s research has contributed to policy-focused reports credited with improving health services and advancing health.

His global reputation as a committed, visionary leader and consensus builder has led him to serve on many prestigious professional and government boards and committees, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Centers for Disease Control, the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees. He also has served as a distinguished professor of gynecology and health policy and he holds the Gerald S. Levey, M.D. Endowed Chair.

As difficult as it is to see him go, I congratulate Gene on this tremendous new opportunity and wish both him and his wife, Marie, great success in their new ventures. He will remain in his current positions through the end of February. UCLA is blessed with exceptional leadership in our health care enterprise, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh and I intend to appoint an interim vice chancellor and dean until a permanent successor is named.

Gene will be deeply missed, but his tenure here has positioned UCLA Health Sciences for an exceptional future that will be a source of pride for our campus and the Los Angeles community for many years to come.

Sincerely,
Gene D. Block
Chancellor, UCLA

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UCSF receives $40M gift for new Medical Center at Mission Bay


Outpatient medical building to be named in honor of the Ron Conway family.

CSF Medical Center's new outpatient building, located on 16th Street, will be named the UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building in honor of the family $40 million gift. Some outpatient clinics will begin opening on Jan. 26. (Photo by Cindy Chew)

By Karin Rush-Monroe, UC San Francisco

UC San Francisco has received a $40 million gift from angel investor and philanthropist Ron Conway, his wife Gayle, and sons Ronny, Topher and Danny, to help fund the outpatient medical building at the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which opens on Feb. 1 on UCSF’s world-renowned biomedical research campus. The outpatient medical building, a 207,500-square-foot facility that anchors the hospital complex, will house outpatient services for women, children and cancer patients.

In honor of the Conways’ generosity, UCSF will name the outpatient building the UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a result of more than 10 years of planning and construction, 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.​

Ron Conway is the founder of SV Angel and has worked with hundreds of startups including Google, Facebook, Zappos, Square, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest  and Twitter. He also is a board member of the Salesforce.com Foundation and actively supports the tech civic organization sf.citi, College Track, Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Teach for America, THORN and Donors Choose.

“Ron and Gayle have been true partners with UCSF for more than a decade, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support. This building is significant for the connection it provides between the high-quality medical care patients will receive at our three specialty hospitals as inpatients, and the groundbreaking continuing care they will receive as outpatients,” said Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S., chancellor of UCSF.

Ron Conway is a member of the UCSF Medical Center Campaign Cabinet and served on the UCSF Foundation Board for several years. He has been a generous fundraiser for and philanthropist to UCSF and in particular, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

He also has been an active supporter of neurodegenerative disease research and treatment, through the UCSF Neuroscience Initiative, which brings together under one roof outstanding scientists and clinicians from multiple disciplines – and the core technologies that they need to be successful.

“Ron is known as an ‘angel’ investor, and that description certainly holds true for his passion to better the lives of patients at UCSF,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. “As a public medical center, we depend on the generosity of people like Ron and Gayle to continue serving the patients of San Francisco as well as Northern California and beyond. The Conways have been generous not just through financial gifts but with their time, introducing UCSF to their colleagues throughout the technology sector and Silicon Valley in order to advance our mission of care, research and education.”

The UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building is expected to draw more than 1,500 outpatient visits daily, as well as serve as a teaching facility for students. It includes a cancer clinic and women’s health clinic, and pediatric clinic. Some outpatient clinics will begin opening on Jan. 26.

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.

“Gayle and I are proud to partner with UCSF to improve the health of the Bay Area. We have watched UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay grow from a concept to a magnificent hospital complex, and can think of no better investment than supporting patients who are accessing needed outpatient medical services,” Ron Conway said. “We encourage others to get involved with the new medical center philanthropically, as well as other programs at this leading institution.”

The total $1.5 billion cost of the Mission Bay Hospitals Project has been funded by UCSF Medical Center financing and private philanthropy. Of the $600 million fundraising goal, UCSF has raised $550 million.

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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 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 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, 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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