A second gift of $100 million from Lynne and Marc Benioff to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and its affiliate, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (Children's Hospital Oakland) will foster the development of game-changing solutions to improve children's health on both sides of the San Francisco Bay and beyond.
The gift will be used to strengthen the existing talent and programs in basic and clinical research and patient care at the two premier institutions, as well as attract new expertise, in order to promote innovative solutions for children's health on both sides of the San Francisco Bay, as well as nationally and globally.
"We are thrilled to advance our vision of improving health of the children in Oakland and San Francisco, and to fuel positive changes in the care of our youngest patients today and for future generations," said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, interim chancellor of UCSF, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and a neonatologist. "This gift significantly strengthens the abilities of both institutions to attract and retain top talent in pediatric health, as well as to support the next evolution of research and clinical programs."
In recognition of the two hospitals' affiliation on January 1, 2014 and the Benioff's generous contribution:
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are two leading Bay Area children's hospitals with longstanding commitments to public service. Both institutions, as well as UCSF Medical Center, care for all children who seek help, regardless of their family's ability to pay, and provide hundreds of millions of dollars of uncompensated care and community services for low-income, homeless and underinsured patients. From free children's health screenings to staffing clinics, the hospitals help meet the needs of Northern California's most vulnerable populations.
On February 1, 2015, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, part of a 289-bed integrated hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients opens in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. It will feature:
"We are building a world-class pediatric facility that puts the needs of our patients and their families at the forefront," said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. "This donation ensures we can continue to advance the most innovative clinical care within the new hospital, as well as outside its walls by partnering with colleagues at our research campus and with Children's Oakland physicians and staff."
The two hospitals have worked together for decades and are highly regarded nationally as well as internationally, each having made significant advancements in developing new treatments and achieving better health outcomes for children.
Combined, the hospitals will be among the top ten largest children's health care providers in the country when the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco opens in February 2015. The affiliation also has the potential to provide better health care value to consumers through higher quality care, lower costs and more coordinated access to services at hospital locations on both sides of the Bay, as well as medical facilities throughout Northern California.
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