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UCSF and Children’s Oakland to Jointly Operate Physician Foundation

October 02, 2013
News Office: Karin Rush-Monroe (415) 502-6397

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland have signed an agreement to jointly operate BayChildren’s Physicians (BCP), a pediatric multi-specialty physician foundation that previously was solely operated by Children’s Oakland.

The organizations’ aim is to create a new, robust network in which physicians can deliver the most advanced pediatric care close to their patients’ homes. The agreement will enable BCP to broaden its network and activities to include more Bay Area physicians and offer a wide range of practice options to physicians providing primary and specialty care for children.

Steve Yedlin, MD, president of Children First Medical Group (CFMG), an Independent Practice Association of pediatricians and pediatric specialists, said he is looking forward to the expansion of BCP.

"At CFMG, we know the challenges facing practicing physicians, and for some time now have been seeking options for our members. We look forward to participating in the expanded network with UCSF and Children’s Oakland," said Yedlin.

The BCP model of care will enable physicians to choose among a number of practice models and support services. The BCP medical foundation will provide a range of support services for participating physicians, including billing and accounting, human resources, contracting and other “back office” functions. By joining BCP, doctors also are integrally connected to a structure that facilitates sharing best practices and innovative approaches to care.

"Offering these services will enable participating physicians to focus on what they do best: care for children," said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. "As the health care landscape continues to evolve, jointly operating Bay Children’s Physicians provides an opportunity to better support physicians in their medical practices and ensure families can access a broad network of the highest quality pediatric care providers in the region."

The agreement to jointly operate BCP is the next step of an affiliation agreement that was announced in August between Children’s Oakland and UCSF.

Subject to continued due diligence, consultation with regulatory authorities, and approval by the chair of the University of California Regents' Committee on Health Services, that transaction is expected to close by early 2014.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is a premier, not-for-profit regional medical center for children in Northern California. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children's is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.

Children’s research program, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its state-of-the-art basic and clinical research, and for translating that research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.

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