Summer 2011


At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, quality care certainly includes state-of-the-art treatments, but also must embrace a number of equally important skills — sophisticated symptom management; tailored patient education that fosters prevention and self-management; sensitive, joint decision making with individuals and their families; and close attention to transitional care, including clear communication with referring physicians.

In this issue, we highlight some of the ways we attend to key pieces of the quality puzzle.

  • Our lead story highlights a pioneering fetal surgery for spina bifida, which generated such positive results in a UCSF-led study that the study was stopped early so more patients could benefit.

  • Two other stories — one on our Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center, the other on our new pain and palliative care program — highlight how fully integrated, patient-centered care, including expert symptom management, can improve both clinical and quality-of-life outcomes.
  • Another piece focuses on the unique blend of skills that our pediatric orthopedic surgeons possess and highlights one surgeon intent on preventing pediatric injuries.
  • Finally, we showcase a program aimed directly at better coordinating care with referring community physicians.
  • Programs like these exemplify our single-minded pursuit of the utmost in quality. Success in that pursuit depends on our continuing collaboration with all of you, and we are grateful for the affiliation.

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


    Summer 2011 Table of Contents

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