Monday, April 8, 2019

Tomorrow's Regents' Health Services Committee

Tomorrow at UCLA, the Health Services Committee of the Regents will be meeting.

We have noted in earlier posts that there is concern about a UCSF affiliation with a Catholic health system in regard to reproductive rights and related matters. The agenda now contains the following detailed item:


UCSF Health Chief Executive Officer Mark Laret and UCSF Health Chief Strategy Officer Shelby Decosta will provide a summary of the health system’s network and affiliations strategy and discussions with the UC Regents Health Services Committee to date. UCSF Health’s most recent strategic plan prioritized a high-value system of care to expand the academic health system’s reach through partnerships. Navigating new relationships with other health care providers, especially faith-based organizations, has complexities. Since 2016, UCSF Health has pursued deliberate engagement strategies with a diverse group of UCSF stakeholders to determine principles for partnerships with faith-based organizations and guidelines for each affiliation. UCSF Health leadership continues to engage with various stakeholders to inform its approach. The presentation will introduce a transparent discussion of the various perspectives on UCSF Health’s affiliation with a faith-based health system.

  • Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Jody Steinauer, M.D., MAS and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Vanessa Jacoby, M.D., MAS will share their perspectives on the challenges associated with faith-based affiliations.
  • Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Subspecialties Vice Chair for UCSF Health Regional Women’s Health Strategy Dana R. Gossett, M.D., MSCI will share her perspectives on challenges and opportunities for UCSF Health Women’s services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Hospital Medicine Medical Director at St. Mary’s Medical Center Ari Hoffman, M.D. will share his experience as a care provider in one of Dignity Health Bay Area’s Catholic-sponsored hospitals.
  • Advisory member to the UC Regents Health Services Committee and Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology at the UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals Steven Hetts, M.D. will discuss the initiatives pursued around Clinical Affiliations by the UCSF Academic Senate as well as provide perspective from the UC systemwide Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Welfare.
  • Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs Talmadge E. King, Jr, M.D. will share the perspectives of UCSF School of Medicine and Clinical Chairs related to affiliations with faith-based health systems.


We also noted that there is a sexual harassment claim against VP Stobo which we guessed would be discussed in the closed session.* That claim is now officially on the agenda in the closed session:

Agenda – Closed Session
H8(X): Discussion Rodriguez-Dias v. Regents et al. and Related Personnel Matters


Of course, anything can be discussed in the public comment session. Apart from the items above, there is the ongoing labor dispute that resulted in a recent one-day strike.

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