• Community Involvement
  • Helipad / Residential Sound Reduction Program (RSRP)
  • Project Specifics
  • Meeting Presentations, Agendas, and Other Documentation
  • Contact

Community Involvement

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Helipad Community Meeting

A community meeting, held on July 30, 2015 at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, provided a forum for sharing recent sound measurement and analysis results from medical helicopter transports at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital helipad.  Approximately thirteen members of the public attended receiving information about the vital role the helipad performs at the hospitals, sound testing methodology and test results.  This was explained by Eugene Reindel, Vice President of HMMH, a national aeronautical sound expert.  These sound results set parameters for the Residential Sound Reduction Program (RSRP).  During the meeting there was discussion about the role of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital compared to other facilities; and, how the transport team flies out of Oakland, to decrease the number of flights from the UCSF helipad.  There was also interest in understanding sound emissions from UCSF helicopter transports as compared with other urban sounds.  In addition, pilots responded to questions about how they expect these transport sounds to diminish as large vacant parcels in the area are developed. For more information, please click here.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Community Meeting

Approximately 25 neighbors joined us at our May 13 community meeting to meet UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco Executive Director, Kim Scurr, and hear updates on our first few months of operations. Our team reported on concerns we heard from neighbors regarding ambulance transports, staff smoking and parking, and responded with information and solutions.  We also updated neighbors on helicopter transports and on the status of the Residential Sound Reduction Program for Helicopter Operations with information on recent sound contour testing. These test results are expected in June, and will be shared with the public. Dialogue was constructive and engaging. The agenda and presentation from this May 13, 2015 meeting are below. 

Medical  Center Community Meeting Agenda 5.13.15

Medical Center Community Meeting Presentation 5.13.15

From the beginning, the hospital planning process has involved members from the community, including the UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG).  Over the years, we have hosted dozens of meetings for neighbors to provide input on the design of the hospital, and responded to community feedback by making major changes to the site plan and building design.  We also worked with the community to develop the Residental Sound Reduction Program for Helicopter Operations (RSRP) for neighbors who may be impacted by helicopter noise at the specified level (see below).

Helipad / Residential Sound Reduction Program (RSRP)

UCSF has developed a Residential Sound Reduction Program in consultation with the community to address the potential impact of helicopter noise from the proposed helipad. UCSF hosted community meetings on November 19, 2008 and December 11, 2008 to solicit community feedback on the draft RSRP. Meeting announcements were emailed to a neighborhood listserv of over 450 people, including key neighborhood organizations, and two postcard notices were sent to 260 nearby residences (owners and tenants) and 34 absentee owners. UCSF revised the program in response to this feedback.  For more information about the Helipad, the RSRP and upcoming meetings, please click here.

Project Specifics

At UCSF Medical Center we believe tomorrow’s medicine requires an investment in innovation today. That’s why we are building three breakthrough hospitals at San Francisco’s Mission Bay:

  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, built from the ground up with care and compassion in mind
  • UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, offering women comprehensive services tailored to their unique needs
  • UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital, part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

These pacesetting, healing environments elevate care in our community to a new level of excellence. Located on the same campus as UCSF’s world-renowned research enterprise, they further encourage the kind of collaboration for which UCSF, consistently one of the nation’s top 10 medical centers, is known – translating laboratory discoveries into next-generation therapies.

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay opened in February 2015 setting a new standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine.  This medical complex is designed to speed the application of laboratory discoveries to the treatment of patients in the Bay Area and beyond.  A team of dedicated men and women is set the standard for collaborative hospital design and construction to help realize this goal.  For more information on construction work and the vision for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, visit the Mission Bay Hospitals website 

Meeting Presentations, Agendas, and Other Documentation


For more information about this project, please contact:

Michele Davis, MPH, MCP
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Community & Government Relations
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street,Suite 103 | San Francscio, CA  94118-0462
tel: 415/476-3024 | fax: 415/476-3541
Email: Michele.Davis@UCSF.edu