The waiting room of the new UCSF Medical Center facility on Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco.
On a tree-lined street in San Francisco’s North Waterfront neighborhood, a historic Montgomery Street building houses UC San Francisco’s newest center to offer women’s health and imaging services. A grand opening event on September 2 marked the opening of this new clinic.
The small center offers radiology and women’s health services from the UCSF Imaging Center and UCSF Women’s Health Primary Care. Unlike a large medical center typical of a busy city, the new space is more accessible to where people live and work in downtown San Francisco.
Ruth Goldstein, MD, chief of ultrasound, and Ronald Arenson, MD, chair of UCSF Radiology, address the crowd at the opening event on Sept. 2.
Beyond these bonuses, however, the space helps UCSF team members engage with the community and improves patients’ access to resources.
“Our focus is both on community engagement and outstanding customer service,” says Ronald Arenson, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. “Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of our leadership and the dedication of our physicians and staff and our new neighbors in the area, we’ve been able to quickly help make these goals a reality. The team is exploring other opportunities to extend our reach throughout the greater Bay Area.”
The Montgomery Street location provides imaging offerings that range from routine services like a screening mammogram or a bone density exam, to advanced tests like OB/GYN ultrasounds, as well as a primary care services including preventive health maintenance and chronic disease management.
The Center, co-located with Golden Gate Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an early adopter of a new business model where a range of services across multiple specialties is offered in a single, smaller space, so physicians can review test results and communicate with patients more quickly.
Cindy Lee, MD, a radiologist specializing in breast imaging and ultrasound and a professor in the School of Medicine, offers the example of a patient who met her doctor, underwent a specialized test and could meet with her referring physician as well as Lee – all in one day – to make a key health care decision in an informed manner.
“Without the convenience of the Montgomery Street office, this process could have taken many weeks,” Lee said. “Instead, we were able to ease the patient’s concerns and work together to make a plan for her immediately.”