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State audit praises patient care at UC medical centers

Probe finds patient care, satisfaction among best nationwide.

The California State Auditor today (Jan. 30) released the results of its probe into the finances, staffing and quality of patient care at the UCLA and UC San Francisco medical centers, noting that the level of patient care and satisfaction were among the highest in the nation.

State legislators requested the audit in June 2013 at the urging of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. The report made only one recommendation: that the University of California more clearly detail the extent and purposes of revenue transfers from its medical centers to its schools of medicine.

“These latest audit results demonstrate that the university is not only in compliance with all relevant regulations governing our medical centers’ finances, staffing and quality of care, but often far exceeds them,” said Dr. John Stobo, senior vice president for health sciences and services at UC’s Office of the President.

Said Dwaine Duckett, vice president for human resources, “AFSCME called for this audit as a bargaining chip in labor negotiations and has cost California taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The results prove that the union’s most serious allegations about unsafe staffing levels and patient safety at our medical centers are completely without merit.”

UC has been in contract negotiations with AFSCME for more than a year. The union recently called for a strike authorization vote despite the university’s comprehensive offer that is equal to or better than agreements other unions have signed with UC since October. Should AFSCME call for a strike, it would be the third time in nine months that its workers have walked off their jobs. The May and November 2013 strikes at UC medical centers have cost the university more than $30 million — money that would have advanced physician education and world-class research.

Because of the complexity of the UC system — 10 major campuses, world-class research facilities, five medical centers and a division of agriculture and natural resources — the university opens its books routinely for a myriad of federal, state and local regulatory agencies, as many as 80 times a year, including more than 40 audits. Financial and programmatic data are made available and accessible, not only for these reviewers but also for the public through regular Web postings at http://reportingtransparency.universityofcalifornia.edu.

The latest state audit analyzed major categories of revenues and expenditures, annual profit and caseload volume, compensation, charity care and staffing levels from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2013 at UCLA and UCSF medical centers.

The report concluded that key measures concerning quality of patient care at the two medical centers have remained stable, while patient satisfaction improved at both. It noted that the latest U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings rate Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as the nation’s fifth-best hospital and UCSF Medical Center as seventh best.

“The percentage of UCSF Medical Center patients indicating they would definitely recommend the hospital to friends and family increased from 77 percent to 84 percent for the period we reviewed,” the audit said. “This statistic also increased at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.”

On staffing, the report concluded that levels increased at UCSF Medical Center and remained relatively flat at UCLA Medical Center, with both using more staff per patient, on average, than other hospitals do.

“The changes in staffing levels appear not to have altered key measures of the quality of patient care and of patient satisfaction, with the indicators we reviewed either improving or remaining stable,” the audit said.

With regard to the specific group of employees represented by AFSCME at UCSF Medical Center, the report said that staffing levels of aides and orderlies — non-technical personnel who provide direct nursing care to patients — increased by 18 percent.

On salaries, the report concluded that both medical centers complied with policies for establishing compensation rates and approving compensation increases, which “helped ensure their employees were appropriately compensated.” The report noted that CEO compensation at UCLA and UCSF medical centers, while higher than those of CEOs at UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC San Diego medical centers, is well below that of CEOs at other highly ranked medical centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The report also pointed out that UCLA and UCSF medical centers followed state requirements for reporting their activities concerning the provision of charity care, which is free or discounted health care to certain patients. UCLA and UCSF faculty physicians not only provide charity care at their own facilities, but also at county medical centers.

The report noted that the size of fund transfers from UC medical centers to UC medical schools has increased substantially. UC’s medical schools — which receive the bulk of their funding from patient care revenue generated by the medical centers — train nearly half of California’s medical students and residents. At UCLA, the annual amounts of health system support nearly tripled from fiscal 2009 through fiscal 2013 to $103 million, and they nearly doubled at UCSF during that period to $58 million. The report found that these transfers are in line with other academic medical centers, and reflect a growing gap between the revenue the schools generate from physicians’ services and the costs of operating clinical practices.

The report’s one recommendation was that UC should take steps to increase the transparency of its campuses’ health system support transfers, such as by annually issuing a report that describes the financial and programmatic impact of each campus’ health system support transfers. UC agreed that this recommendation was reasonable and has committed to issuing the first such report no later than the end of 2014.

The full state report is available online at www.auditor.ca.gov.

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Innovation center names interim director

Karyn DiGiorgio will guide center in spreading health care delivery innovations systemwide.

Karyn DiGiorgio

Karyn DiGiorgio

Karyn DiGiorgio, M.S.N., R.N., has been appointed interim director of the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation (CHQI).

The center, based at the UC Office of the President, is a systemwide effort launched in 2010 to support innovative grants and spread best practices that aim to improve quality, increase efficiencies and reduce costs at UC medical centers.

DiGiorgio joined UCOP in September as the associate director of CHQI, after working for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she was a program officer in the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative.

“The UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation will be in good hands under Karyn’s leadership,” said the center’s outgoing executive director, Terry Leach, R.N., Esq., who will continue working part time with the center until retiring from UC in July.

“I look forward to working with UC campuses and medical centers to help spread innovations that improve the delivery of health care throughout UC Health,” DiGiorgio said. “I very much appreciate having Terry’s assistance during this transition.”

At the Moore Foundation, DiGiorgio developed and managed multiple systemwide health care grants in the Bay Area and greater Sacramento regions — many of which resulted in significant reductions in patient morbidity and mortality and led to improvements in patient care. Previously, she worked as the R.N. discharge coordinator and a staff/charge nurse in the Emergency Department at UCSF Medical Center. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.S.N. in health policy from UC San Francisco and an M.S. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

The Center for Health Quality and Innovation is governed by a board composed of the six UC medical school deans, five UC medical center CEOs and chaired by the UC Health senior vice president. The center will host its third annual spring colloquium May 2 in Oakland.

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Phishing scam hits three physicians

UC Davis patients notified of potential email security breach.

UC Davis Health System is in the process of notifying approximately 1,800 patients that emails containing their personal or medical information may have been compromised by an Internet phishing scam that affected three UC Davis clinicians in mid-December. The breach does not appear to have an identity-theft component, nor does it include access to the electronic health records of patients or their personal financial information.

The phishing scam compromised three physicians’ email accounts, which means that malicious software could potentially provide access to their email, some of which contained patient health information. While data security experts are unable to determine the exact nature of the breach or whether any messages were specifically read, they say that the automated nature of typical phishing scams makes it unlikely that content from individual messages was viewed. The content of patient information in the emails consisted primarily of name, medical record number and limited information associated with a clinic visit or hospital admission. No patient credit card or Social Security numbers were contained in the messages.

The clinicians first noticed the problem when they experienced the deletion of emails from their accounts and found their email was being used to send messages to addresses outside the health system, presumably to obtain personal financial information, passwords and other individual identifiers.

UC Davis Health System’s email program is encrypted, and there are measures in place to prevent intrusions like this one from occurring, including email filtering, cyber surveillance and staff training and education. Immediate actions to protect patient privacy were taken when it was discovered these emails were compromised, including deleting the phishing email from other staff accounts, blocking access to the phishing website, and actively warning UC Davis staff about the scam.

UC Davis Health System has notified, or will be notifying, several government agencies – the California Department of Public Health, California Attorney General’s office and the federal Office of Civil Rights – about the breach.

Patients with questions about the incident may call the health system’s Compliance Department at (916) 734-8808 for additional information or advice.

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Medical center CEO appointed CHA chair

UCSF’s Mark Laret to lead California Hospital Association board in 2014.

Mark Laret, chief execuitve officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, has been named chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees.

Mark Laret, chief execuitve officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, has been named chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees.

Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, has been named chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. The appointment of Laret, a 32-year veteran of health care management and a national leader in quality, safety and reform, was announced this week. His term runs through December 2014.

“I am honored to lead this distinguished group during a challenging period,” Laret said. “And, I am optimistic about our abilities, working together, to build an even healthier hospital and health care delivery system in California over the next year.”

CHA provides public policy development and health policy leadership, advocating for the interests of California hospitals, patients and communities at the state and federal level.

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner called Laret’s appointment “an outstanding choice.”

“(Mark’s) visionary leadership and commitment to improving access to high-quality patient care will be crucial in the year ahead,” Dauner said.

Since his arrival at UCSF in 2000, Laret has transformed UCSF Medical Center from a financially challenged institution to an economically viable one that consistently ranks among the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report.

He previously served at UCLA Medical Center from 1980 to 1995 in a variety of leadership positions, and from 1995 to 2000, he was CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center.

“Hospitals are an essential part of the fabric of every community, yet they can easily be taken for granted,” Laret said. “Today’s health care environment is placing tremendous strains on the viability of these institutions, and we must do everything we can to ensure that whenever a child is sick or someone needs care, we are there to provide it.”

Based in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., CHA represents nearly 400 hospitals and health systems.

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Hawgood named interim chancellor

Renowned pediatrician and medical school dean to lead UCSF.

Sam Hawgood

Sam Hawgood

When Sam Hawgood, M.B.B.S., first came to UC San Francisco in 1982, it was for the last in a series of interviews around the world for a job as a research fellow.

The 29-year-old Australian native was looking for an institution where he could combine his world-class clinical training in neonatology with laboratory research into a fatal disorder for newborn infants.

It was a competitive lineup, including universities in London, Oxford, Paris and New York. But renowned UCSF neonatologist William Tooley, M.D., had spent a sabbatical in Melbourne while Hawgood was in his residency, and insisted Hawgood visit San Francisco too.

Then he met John Clements, M.D., a preeminent physician-scientist who shared an interest in pulmonary surfactants, the key lipoproteins that are absent in premature infants’ lungs, preventing them from inflating. That interview was very different from the others, Hawgood said – a conversation, not an interview – and he realized this would be a very different experience.

“We elected to come here more for the individuals I knew than for what I knew about UCSF,” he said, of the decision by him and his wife, Jane, who has served as a clinical social worker in adult palliative care at UCSF for the past two decades. “I came to work with a particular group of individuals who had something special going on, but over time, I realized they really represented UCSF: open, very collaborative, very collegial, but very ambitious to make a difference.”

That visit launched a 32-year career at UCSF that has led to Hawgood’s appointment starting April 1, 2014, as interim chancellor of the health sciences university, which the UC Board of Regents approved today (Jan, 23).

Known for his intense loyalty, deep scientific knowledge and the gentle, inclusive nature of a pediatrician, Hawgood has served UCSF in almost every capacity through the years, from fellow to professor to department chair. He became dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs in September 2009, after serving as interim dean since December 2007.

As dean, he has been a core member of the Chancellor’s Executive Council, playing a central role in the university’s leadership and guidance during a time of profound growth.

“Sam is a highly respected physician, scientist and leader, and has been integral to the leadership of the University over the past four years,” said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., who will become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on May 1. “There is not a single campus initiative in which he has not been involved over that time, and I have full confidence in his ability to lead UCSF through this next transition.”

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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Oakland complete affiliation

Top Bay Area pediatric institutions form partnership to advance children’s health.

Volunteer Alyson Van Hardenberg, left, colors in the playroom at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital with Chirag Jana, whose sibling is a patient.

Volunteer Alyson Van Hardenberg, left, colors in the playroom at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital with Chirag Jana, whose sibling is a patient.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland (Children’s Oakland) have affiliated, building on the hospitals’ mutual commitment to provide outstanding care to children in local communities, and advance medical discovery and treatment for the world. The affiliation, effective Jan. 1, 2014, brings together two leading Bay Area children’s hospitals, strengthening their abilities to meet marketplace expectations, including the Affordable Care Act. The affiliation has the potential to provide better health care value to consumers through higher quality care, lower costs and more coordinated access to services at hospital locations on both sides of San Francisco Bay, as well as medical facilities throughout Northern California.

“This partnership between two world-class children’s hospitals promises to elevate the health of all children, especially our most vulnerable patients,” said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “Both institutions have a longstanding commitment to public service, and by working together we are better able to deliver on that commitment.”

The affiliation allows children and their families to have access to what is now the largest network of children’s medical providers in Northern California, including a coordinated network of high-quality pediatric care from the Oregon border to San Luis Obispo, and as far east as Reno.

In addition to the two main hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, patients can access more than 800 pediatricians and pediatric specialists delivering specialized care daily at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Oakland, as well as hundreds of community-based pediatricians affiliated with the two hospitals who provide pediatric diagnostic services and specialty care. The two hospitals jointly offer more than 65 different pediatric medical specialties and subspecialties including transplant, sickle cell, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, thalassemia, pediatric rehab, and asthma and diabetes care.

“The synergies created by these two respected institutions coming together allows children and families to benefit from greater depth and breadth of pediatric expertise as well as innovation that is possible by working together,” said Bert Lubin, M.D., CEO of Children’s Oakland.

“The affiliation of these two well-regarded children’s hospitals is good news for children and their families,” said Diana S. Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “Together, they will serve children throughout Northern California who need the state-of-the-art care they can provide.”

Dooley also previously served as president and chief executive officer of the California Children’s Hospital Association, which advocates for children’s health on behalf of the eight, nonprofit regional children’s hospitals in California.

While Children’s Oakland will remain separately licensed and retain its own board of directors and separate medical staff, the hospitals will collaborate and share best practices for the delivery of the highest quality pediatric care.

Individually, the two hospitals are highly regarded nationally as well as internationally, each having made significant advancements in developing new treatments and achieving better health outcomes for children. Together, they are positioned to become the most comprehensive providers of pediatric care and strengthen their national leadership in pediatric education and research, and advocacy. Combined, the hospitals will be among the top ten largest children’s health care providers in the country when the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital opens in February 2015.

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University of Texas taps UCSF neurologist to lead new medical school

Clay Johnston to become inaugural dean of medical school at University of Texas at Austin.

Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist who expanded UC San Francisco’s patient-centered research through his leadership of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the new Center for Healthcare Value, is leaving at the end of February to become the inaugural dean of the Dell School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Austin.

A neurologist and epidemiologist, as well as associate vice chancellor for research, Johnston has been at UCSF since his residency 20 years ago. He has published widely in his field – the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack – and treats patients with cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke, in addition to directing the hospital stroke service.

Johnston is the principal investigator of a $112 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health aimed at helping scientists bring experimental research into the clinic.

“Clay has played a singular role in UCSF’s drive to accelerate translational research to improve human health,” said Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor/provost at UCSF. “He’s a steady and unflappable leader, and this, along with his research acumen, has enabled UCSF to forge critical partnerships in the biotech industry and with foundations and private funders.”

Deborah Grady

Deborah Grady

Johnston, who received his medical degree from Harvard and did his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, said UCSF was a great training ground for him, and it will continue to be a place where those he mentored and supervised can develop.

“I’m proud of what the people of CTSI have done in the last few years,” he said. “I hate to leave such a strong team and so many great teachers and friends but know that in a place like UCSF their work will only accelerate.  ”

In his new job, he will be building a medical school and hospital, literally from the ground up. The first class of students will enter in the fall of 2016.

CTSI’s co-director, Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H., will become interim director of the CTSI. Grady is a professor of medicine, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics. She directs the UCSF/Mount Zion Women’s Health Clinical Research Center and the UCSF Women’s Health Faculty Development Program.

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UC Irvine names new dean of biological sciences

Noted Alzheimer’s researcher Frank LaFerla will take school’s reins Jan. 1.

Frank LaFerla, UC Irvine

Frank LaFerla, UC Irvine

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake announced today (Dec. 23) that Frank M. LaFerla has been appointed the Hana & Francisco J. Ayala Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

LaFerla, Chancellor’s Professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior since 2011, joined UC Irvine in 1995 as an assistant professor in the then-named Department of Psychobiology. Since that time, he has served in numerous leadership roles, including as associate director and now director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), a research center internationally acclaimed for its work on brain disorders, particularly those that are age-related.

He was also founding director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, which united several departments and faculty concerned with neuroscience under one major programmatic initiative and has since facilitated the recruitment to UC Irvine of numerous outstanding graduate students.

LaFerla, who holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has several research interests, including the molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, presenilins and calcium signaling, learning and memory, and transgenic and genetically modified animal models. He was the first to engineer mice that develop the cerebral plaques and tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s, providing researchers with a crucial “living laboratory” of the disease. LaFerla’s mice have made a huge impact on his work and on Alzheimer’s research around the world.

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Statement on UC’s Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, UC will be entirely smoke and tobacco free.

UC Smoke & Tobacco Free PolicyDr. John Stobo, University of California senior vice president for health sciences and services, today (Dec. 18) issued the following statement about UC’s Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy:

The University of California is committed to maintaining a healthy and clean working and learning environment for our employees, students, patients and visitors. As a leading education, research and service university, UC has taken a proactive role in addressing the impact of smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. The health risks of tobacco use for smokers and secondhand smoke for non-smokers are well established. In addition to serious health risks, there also are environmental concerns from chemicals in cigarette butts that can leach into the soil and waterways.

The University of California Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy is a new systemwide policy that provides an environment that is free of tobacco and smoke in an effort to create a clean, healthy working and learning atmosphere. This policy benefits everyone.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the University of California will be entirely smoke and tobacco free. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew and any other non-combustible tobacco product will be prohibited across all campuses and facilities, including inside buildings, outdoor areas and sidewalks, parking lots, and residential housing areas.

This is a major change for many people and will require all members of the university community to be ambassadors for this initiative. The university is wholly committed to helping faculty, staff and students who want to quit smoking by offering an extensive selection of cessation resources such as health plan benefit programs, one-on-one or group cessation and education, and referrals to cessation resources.

I would like to congratulate the University of California campuses for their successful implementation of this policy as part of their ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the entire university community. Thank you for your contribution to maintaining the university’s culture of health and safety.

For more information on the Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy and a comprehensive guide to cessation resources for university staff and students, including mobile apps, links to multiple websites and other helpful resources, please visit ucal.us/tobaccofree.

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UCSF chancellor to step down in March

Susan Desmond-Hellmann will become CEO of the Gates Foundation.

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann will be stepping down in March to become CEO of the Gates Foundation.

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann will be stepping down in March to become CEO of the Gates Foundation.

By Carolyn McMillan

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced today (Dec. 17) that UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann will step down in March to become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Napolitano, in a statement to the UC community, said she had accepted Desmond-Hellmann’s decision to leave with “a confluence of emotions.”

“I am grateful to Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann for her many accomplishments as the leader of one of California’s most vital institutions,” Napolitano said.

She noted that Desmond-Hellmann had successfully guided UCSF through one of the state’s worst fiscal crises; led development of the Benioff Children’s Hospital; and helped UCSF draw more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other public institution in the country.

“Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann will leave UCSF a better, more vibrant institution than when she arrived in 2009,” Napolitano said. “This is the true measurement of leadership.”

Napolitano will convene a search committee in early January to begin the selection process for the next UCSF chancellor.

“I am determined to do all in my power as president to ensure that UCSF keeps climbing upward on its trajectory of greatness,” Napolitano said. “In the end, the mission is what must remain paramount, whoever its steward might be.”

She will ask the UC Board of Regents to approve UCSF School of Medicine Dean Sam Hawgood as interim chancellor while the search is under way.

“I am confident that Sam will continue in the excellent tradition of leadership set by Sue,” Napolitano said.

Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann, in a letter to the UCSF community, said the decision to leave was difficult, but that she was drawn by the opportunity to address the tough challenges of extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries. The Gates Foundation works with partner organizations around the world to fund innovative ideas aimed at improving health and eradicating hunger and poverty. In the United States it looks for ways to improve public education.

Desmond-Hellmann said her work at the Gates Foundation will be informed by her experiences at UCSF, which has a long public service tradition and aims to advance health worldwide, she said.

“My hope is that my leadership can contribute to creating a more equitable world,” Desmond-Hellmann said.

A Gates Foundation press release said Desmond-Hellmann brought the organizational and leadership skills they were looking for, as well as deep scientific knowledge and technical expertise.

“Sue’s background in public health policy, research and development, and higher education, make her an exceptional fit for this role. She impressed us as an innovator and an outstanding leader and manager,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the foundation.

Desmond-Hellmann will begin at the Gates Foundation in May. She will continue at UCSF through March and has offered to assist in the search for her replacement. She will also maintain her faculty appointment at UCSF, Napolitano said.

“As a colleague and friend, I am excited for Sue’s prospects in a new, challenging role at the helm of a philanthropic institution of international influence,” Napolitano said. “The foundation’s decision to bring Sue aboard is in keeping with UC’s tradition of producing leaders for high profile, public-oriented institutions.”

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UC reaches tentative agreement with UPTE union

Multiyear contracts cover more than 12,000 health care, research and technical employees.

The University of California announced today (Dec. 15) that it has reached tentative agreement with two labor groups for multiyear contracts covering more than 12,000 health care, research and technical employees.

The two bargaining groups, both represented by the University Professional and Technical Employees union (UPTE-CWA), are expected to vote on the tentative agreements this week.

The agreements are the culmination of more than two years of negotiations between UC and UPTE for the health care employees, and about a year of bargaining for the research and technical employees.

“It has been a long road and we are pleased that we have been able to work through the issues and negotiate fair terms for our hard-working employees,” said Dwaine B. Duckett, UC vice president of human resources.

Highlights of the tentative agreement for health care professionals include:

  • Wages: a 5.5 percent wage increase in January 2014 for medical center employees, followed by a 2 percent annual increase over the subsequent three years; a 4 percent increase in January 2014 for student health center employees and a 2 percent to 3 percent increase over the subsequent three years.
  • Health benefits: Employees would choose from the same 2014 health plans at the same rates offered to all UC employees. Rate increases would be capped at $25 a month for the Kaiser and Health Net Blue and Gold Plan.
  • Pension benefits: Employees would participate in a modified version of UC’s new 2013 pension tier, contributing 8.6 percent of pay to the UC Retirement Plan starting February 2014 and 9 percent of pay starting July 2014. The tentative agreement on retirement benefits must be approved by the UC Board of Regents.
  • Retiree health benefits: New employees hired after the contract is ratified would participate in revised eligibility rules for retiree health care.
  • Multiyear agreement: The contract would expire in 2017.

Highlights of the tentative agreement for research and technical employees include:

  • Wages: a 4 percent wage increase upon ratification, and a 3 percent increase in October 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Pension benefits: Employees would participate in a modified version of UC’s 2013 pension tier, and contribute 9 percent of pay starting July 2014.
  • Retiree health benefits: Employees hired after the contract is ratified would fall under the revised eligibility rules for retiree health care.
  • Multiyear agreement: The contract would expire Sept. 30, 2017.

These agreements are the latest in a number of labor contracts UC has settled recently. The university finalized multiyear agreements with its nurses, lecturers, librarians and police officers within the last two months.

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Cedars, UCLA, Select Medical plan to open rehabilitation hospital

Future 138-bed facility to provide advanced treatment for acute injuries.

David Feinberg, UCLA

David Feinberg, UCLA

Cedars–Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical today (Dec. 3) announced a partnership to create a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in the former Century City Hospital.

With an expected opening in late 2015, the new hospital will serve the growing needs of the community for inpatient rehabilitation and is also expected to serve as a center for treating complex rehabilitation cases from around the nation.

The vision of the joint venture, an LLC partnership among the parties, is to develop a world-class regional rehabilitation center providing highly specialized care, advanced treatment and leading-edge technologies to treat individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, amputations, neurological disorders, and musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions.

Currently, both Cedars–Sinai and UCLA Health System provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services at their respective facilities. Both of these facilities are usually full, as capacity is limited (28 beds at Cedars–Sinai and 11 beds at UCLA). When the new hospital opens, Cedars–Sinai and UCLA Health System would transition their acute inpatient rehabilitation services to the facility.

The new facility will be operated by Select Medical, a leading provider of long-term acute care services with hospital and outpatient locations in 44 states, including the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. Select Medical has partnered with a number of academic medical centers, including Baylor Health Care System and Penn State Hershey, to manage and operate similar rehabilitation hospitals.

“As one of the most highly respected academic medical centers and health systems in the world, UCLA is delighted to join forces and share expertise with Cedars–Sinai and Select Medical, a preeminent provider of post–acute care in the United States,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences at UCLA. “The addition of this rehabilitation facility will be of extraordinary benefit to the people of Los Angeles.”

“This exciting project is a natural progression of Cedars–Sinai’s mission to provide the highest level of patient care while supporting medical innovation,” said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars–Sinai Health System. “Meeting the health needs of the community, state and nation often requires a new type of partnership, and we look forward to working with UCLA Health System and Select Medical to create a highly advanced, comprehensive rehabilitation center for patients.”

“UCLA Health System and Cedars–Sinai are two pillars in medicine, and we are honored to work with them,” said David S. Chernow, president of Select Medical. “In fact, the joint venture is already creating synergies among the three partners. For example, we will feature an open medical staff model led by a core group of physician leaders from both UCLA Health System and Cedars–Sinai. At the same time, Select Medical has begun to share lessons learned and best practices from our experience running top-tier medical rehabilitation hospitals. All of it should add up to a new destination for patients for years to come.”

Earlier this year, a feasibility study found that appropriate seismic retrofitting would enable the former Century City Hospital facility to meet seismic safety standards and all necessary licensure requirements to be operated as a rehabilitation hospital. The building’s current owner has begun infrastructure and modernization work to bring the building up to standards. The preparation work will be completed in 2015 and will allow building occupancy until 2030.

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