Clinical Enterprise & Patients

Serving Patients Throughout the Clinical Enterprise

Diana Farmer, MD

Diana Farmer, the world’s first female fetal surgeon, is currently the principal investigator of a multicenter National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trial for the treatment of spina bifida in the womb. She also is deeply involved with the planning for the new UCSF Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay. Photo by Susan Merrell

Among UCSF’s most significant contributions to San Francisco are its highly rated health care services provided by the nation’s leading experts in virtually all specialties, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, orthopedics and organ transplantation, as well as special services for women and children.

UCSF Medical Center, a 722-licensed bed tertiary care referral center with two major sites, treats hundreds of thousands of patients per year on a budget of $1.8 billion – almost half of UCSF’s budget, according to a new economic impact report.

World-Class Care

  • 30,000: Number of inpatients per year
  • 750,000: Number of outpatient visits per year
  • 121,000: Number of dental patients per year
  • 722: Number of licensed hospital beds at Parnassus and Mount Zion

Together, UCSF’s health care professionals consistently push the envelope in bringing the productive results of University research to patients as quickly as possible. The tight relationship between UCSF’s clinical enterprise and its research facilities is borne out in its ability to cure intractable diseases.

CEO Mark Laret

CEO Mark Laret

“The synergy between the research and the clinical care is the magical sauce that UCSF has,” says UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. “UCSF is an intellectual magnet – a very strong one. We can recruit the very best people from around the country. When you bring in the best researchers, they bring in big research portfolios. Also, those outstanding clinicians bring in patients.”

UCSF Medical Center is consistently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation and the best in Northern California. It offers highly specialized treatment and care that are among the best in the world in a variety of specialties, including transplants, neurosurgery, cancer, brain tumors, neonatology, women’s health and end-of-life care.

The University’s medical center facilities are about to get bigger and better, with a new $1.5 billion, 289-bed children’s, women’s specialty and cancer hospital complex planned for Mission Bay and slated to open in 2014. It will have space to grow to 550 beds, Laret says. As a self-sustaining entity, the medical center plans to raise $600 million through philanthropy – with $325 million pledged so far – and will borrow $700 million in low-interest Build America Bonds. “We are taking full advantage of stimulus money to benefit San Franciscans and the construction economy,” Laret says.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

When it opens in 2014, the 289-bed, 878,000-gross-square-foot UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will set a world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine. The $1.5 billion project will create thousands of construction jobs and employ more than 1,000 staff. Architectural rendering by Anshen + Allen.

In addition, UCSF has a 134-year affiliation with San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), the city’s public safety-net hospital and its only level I trauma center, which serves the most vulnerable populations, including the uninsured, underinsured, working families and the homeless. SFGH is staffed by more than 2,000 UCSF physicians and allied health care professionals from all four UCSF schools, who work alongside 3,500 city employees. SFGH also is an important training ground for future health care professionals and researchers.

UCSF’s health care professionals provide care to the nation’s veterans at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where more than 240 full- and part-time UCSF faculty and staff work. UCSF also serves the city’s vulnerable populations at clinics including St. Anthony Free Clinic, Buchanan Dental Center and Glide Health Services.

The UCSF School of Dentistry also treats 121,000 dental patients each year and sees about 2,700 patients annually at the Buchanan Dental Center, which provides comprehensive services to low-income adults and children. And the UCSF School of Nursing and the UCSF School of Pharmacy partner with others to provide care at community clinics, including St. Anthony Free Clinic and Glide Health Services.

As with so many other positive effects of UCSF, some of the true strengths of UCSF’s work in the community go beyond economics.

“The best thing,” Laret says, “is when you see all the kids who come back and are playing on the grass, and who wouldn’t have made it” without the techniques perfected at UCSF.