Summer 2009

Perspective from Children's Hospital Leaders

Sam Hawgood, M.B., B.S.

For those who treat children, childhood vulnerability inspires us to do more and to do better. It is why UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital offers innovative and comprehensive care for our most vulnerable and we take pride in that work. Our hospital teems with people who — while working in partnership with you — improve children's lives with remarkable consistency.

Consider how the Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program enhances the lives of children who suffer from conditions that make daily nutrition a frightening challenge or how the Pediatric Pulmonary Sleep Lab offers explanations for baffling learning and processing disorders — and can often treat the source. Take into account how the Pediatric Epilepsy Center taps new technology to cure seizures more safely than previously believed possible or how the pioneering NF/Ras Pathway Clinic is transforming genomic advances into more effective, tailored treatments.

Diana Farmer, M.D.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital fosters a culture that allows for such innovations to grow. There is no better example than the new hospital under construction at UCSF Mission Bay. Among others, a new helipad has been proposed for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay that would facilitate faster and safer emergency transport for critically ill children.

Safer and faster emergency transport, a convenient location and an increase in pediatric hospital beds will enable us to strengthen and broaden our partnerships with so many of you. In turn, children and their families will gain another level of protection against conditions we are rapidly learning to better prevent and treat.

Sam Hawgood, M.B., B.S.
Physician in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Surgeon in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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