Summer 2008

Perspective

Because it exemplifies our belief in the power of community providers and academic medical centers working together for improved care, we are thrilled that our partnership with Pleasanton's ValleyCare Medical Center began in January. Other recent developments include continued planning for the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay and clinical research that could improve outcomes for cardiac patients and young people born with sunken chests.

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UCSF Pediatrics Joins Forces with ValleyCare

The alliance between UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton will broaden the array of health care services for women and children in the East Bay Tri-Valley region. Pediatric hospitalists and neonatologists are already in place and a UCSF-staffed multispecialty pediatric clinic opened on June 2.

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Magnets to Correct Sunken Chest

Renowned pediatric surgeon Michael Harrison, M.D., tests whether implanting powerful magnets can avert the higher risk surgeries typically used to correct the deformity sunken chest.

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Transitional Care for Congenital Heart Disease

As more children with congenital heart disease survive into adulthood, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital works with referring physicians to develop an innovative program that will help ensure uninterrupted follow-up care and ongoing patient education.

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Researching the Link Between Congenital Heart Disease and Brain Injury

Pediatric critical care specialist Patrick McQuillen, M.D., conducts research that could help facilitate better neurodevelopmental outcomes for infants with congenital heart disease.

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New Children's Hospital at Mission Bay

Plans for the 2014 opening of a new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay, "a children's hospital like no other," are in full swing.

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Case Study — HLH Syndrome

Thanks to a prenatal diagnosis and referral by a community cardiologist — and a series of complex procedures performed at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital — 9-month-old JS survives a congenital heart defect considered by most physicians to be fatal.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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