In 2017, San Diego was hit with a hepatitis A epidemic that killed 20 and infected 600 people, many of whom were homeless. Mass vaccinations were issued and the city had to face its growing homelessness crisis head-on before the epidemic spread even more. In San Francisco, where rents average about $3,700, growing encampments and a lack of shelter beds could push the city to the brink of a similar healthcare crisis. Unsanitary conditions can lead to a rapid spread of hepatitis A and other health maladies. (Bisnow)
Marin General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco are in the process of finalizing a new, 10-year strategic alliance that could result in UCSF investing millions of dollars in Marin General over the next decade. (marinij.com)
Dignity Health and UCSF Health on Tuesday announced a new affiliation that will bring UCSF Health’s academic expertise to three Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area: Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. (The Mercury News)
The Community Medical Centers’ board of trustees this week authorized architectural design and other pre-construction work for a regional cancer treatment and research center to be located in Clovis — the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley.
Hospitals face penalties for readmitting recently discharged Medicare patients, but in 27 percent of cases readmissions could be prevented, according to a UCSF-led study of 12 academic medical centers nationwide.
Is it a superbug? A parasite? How about a fungus? Diagnosing an acute infection is a time-pressured guessing game – with doctors often flummoxed over what pathogen is causing a patient’s rapidly declining health.
The University of California health system, led by UC San Francisco, is using a precision medicine approach to quickly detect infectious disease among patients in its health system. It is using next-gen sequencing and a proprietary algorithm to figure out what virus, bacteria, fungus or parasite is causing a patient’s illness. (MedCity News)
UCSF Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for the 14th consecutive year, ranked as the eighth best hospital in the country in the 2015-2016 Best Hospitals survey from U.S. News & World Report.
It is the only hospital in Northern California ranked in the Top 10 on the Honor Roll, which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous medical specialties. UCSF shone in such areas as cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. (UCSF)
UCSF on Thursday begins an ambitious study of LGBT health that will use information collected from iPhone and Internet users to build the largest database yet of the physical, mental and social issues that uniquely affect gay and transgender men and women. (SFGate)
A $50 million anonymous gift is making it possible for UC San Francisco to move ahead on a new mental health center on its burgeoning Mission Bay campus, slated to include research, training and clinical services focusing on the prevention and treatment of mental illness. (San Francisco Business Times)
UC San Francisco is working to win preliminary approvals from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors next month so it can start building a $160 million research building on the San Francisco General Hospital campus in 2017. (San Francisco Business Times)
Since 2000, Mark Laret has served as CEO of UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, which reported operating revenue of $2.4 billion and an operating surplus of $159.4 million for the year ended June 30, 2014. He formerly served as chair of the California Hospital Association and of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Before joining UCSF, Laret was CEO at UC Irvine Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.
UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health have finalized an agreement that will serve as the foundation for a Bay Area health care network intended to provide patients with high quality care at an affordable price.
The two health systems also have formed a new development company that will enable them to collaborate on building new medical facilities, increase the number of physicians in the health care network, and provide physicians and patients new tools to improve coordination of care, with the ultimate goal of an enhanced patient experience. (Business Wire)
A fleet of autonomous mobile robots programmed to transport items such as meals, medications, linens and lab specimens will begin operating around the clock Sunday when the new University of California at San Francisco’s Medical Center at Mission Bay opens to the public.
The UCSF Medical Center, set to open Feb. 1, combines three specialty hospitals and a medical office building and outpatient center. It’s chock full of new technology. But what stands out about the shiny $1.52 billion facility, after a more than two-hour tour on Jan. 5, is the feel of the place. (San Francisco Business Times)
The five medical centers of the University of California will serve as designated Ebola treatment centers should a person in the state become ill from the virus.
While public health officials are calling on all hospitals in California to redouble preparations for screening and isolating patients at risk for Ebola, those who are confirmed to have the virus will be transferred to a UC medical center in San Francisco, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, or San Diego. (State of Health, KQED)
Alarm fatigue continues to be a problem for hospitals, so much so that last fall, it topped the ECRI Institute’s annual list of technology hazards. To that end, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, monitored one month’s worth of alarms at the facility to determine the alarm causes, as well as potential solutions to fatigue. (FierceHealthIT)
Executives at UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, and John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, Calif., have inked a letter of intent to create a jointly owned and operated company, with one of its goals to create an accountable care organization for the Bay Area.
Both systems will retain autonomy and will share ownership of the new company. The regional ACO will be the first of several joint projects, allowing UCSF and John Muir Health providers to coordinate care and place patients in the most appropriate care setting, in the hopes of lowering costs. (Modern Healthcare)
UC San Francisco’s medical residency program ranked 4th on a first-ever survey of doctors to name the nation’s top training programs for internal medicine specialists, according to U.S. News and Doximity, which conducted the survey. (San Francisco Business Times)
The chief executives of UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, which earlier today confirmed their affiliation is complete, said the Regents of the University of California now constitute the “sole corporate member” of the East Bay pediatric hospital’s corporation, giving them a large degree of control over the non-profit hospital.
UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland have signed an affiliation agreement, set to close in early 2014, that would link the two but leave them as largely separate entities. (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times)
A University of California, San Francisco, program aimed at helping hospitals transition patients to their homes reduced hospital readmissions of older heart failure patients by nearly a third, according to a UCSF press release last week. (Cheung, FierceHealthcare 7/12/11)
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