Summer 2007

UCSF Announces Model Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center

In May, UCSF announced one of the largest single donations ever given to an American university for child and adolescent mental health services. Lisa and John Pritzker have donated $25 million to jump-start the creation of a comprehensive program dedicated to improving the emotional well-being of Bay Area youths, regardless of socioeconomic status.

The Pritzker Center at UCSF will combine and expand the nationally recognized programs and services of San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and the specialty clinics, training and research of UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute into one cohesive program and building.

Tipper Gore is chair of the new center's leadership council. Gore is founder of Tennessee Voices for Children, a coalition to promote the development of services for youths with serious mental health problems.

"With 80 percent of children who need mental health services going untreated, our youth are facing a mental health crisis of catastrophic proportions," Gore said. "By creating a model that emphasizes comprehensive care, eliminates barriers to access and trains caregivers in the latest practices, the Pritzker Center at UCSF will pave the way for other communities to begin to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens."

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UCSF Medical Center Ranked No. 7
For the seventh consecutive year, UCSF Medical Center ranks among the nation's top 10 premier hospitals, according to the new 2007 "America's Best Hospitals" survey by U.S. News & World Report. This year the survey ranked the medical center No. 7.

UCSF, ValleyCare Sign Letter
of Intent

ValleyCare Health System and UCSF have signed a letter of intent to enhance health care services for women and children in the Tri-Valley region of the East Bay. The goal of the collaboration is to expand regional access to high-quality perinatal and pediatric care and broaden the availability of specialty services.

Pre-kindergarten TB Test Not
Cost Effective

The health care system in California could save nearly $1.3 million a year with few adverse public health effects if it discontinued universal tuberculosis skin testing of children entering kindergarten, according to a new study by UCSF researchers.