UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Affiliation Fact Sheet

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Affiliation Fact Sheet

In 2014, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland affiliated, bringing together two respected organizations that are individually committed to, and recognized for, excellence in children’s health. Together, as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, we have established Northern California’s largest network of pediatric providers, with the sole aim of advancing our mission to protect and advance children’s health and well-being through clinical care, teaching and research.

Early fruits of our combined labor are reflected in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, in which UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals ranked among the best in the nation in all 10 specialties surveyed. Our hospitals were ranked 5th nationwide in neonatology and recognized as the best in Northern California in pediatric cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, and neurology and neurosurgery. We achieved these results in large part due to the combined strength of our affiliation and our efforts in physician integration, efficiencies, research and growing specialty programs. .

Honoring Our Mission

The affiliation strengthens the ability of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals to address the challenges that are confronting health care organizations and, in particular, organizations dedicated to serving children and vulnerable populations. In today’s health care environment, we face increasing competition for many services, as well as a national trend of declining hospital inpatient volume – historically a primary revenue driver for health care systems nationwide.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland continues its commitment to serving the most vulnerable patients, with 70 percent of its patients receiving coverage under Medi-Cal, despite reimbursements that only cover about 60 percent of the cost of this care.

Amidst these challenges, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are laying a foundation for long-term success for children’s health on both sides of the Bay, through a focus on collaborative leadership, integrated programs and a clear vision of our future as a premier pediatric health enterprise for our communities and nationwide.

Collaborative Leadership and Integrated Faculty

Balanced leadership across both campuses, with an aligned faculty model, is central to our integration strategy. The Physician Advisory Council, represented by both campuses, is creating a new organizational structure for BCH Oakland's hospital that will complement BCH San Francisco’s hospital. This new structure is critical to creating a stable financial model for the hospitals.

  • To date, more than half of the BCH Oakland physicians have joined as full-time or part-time UCSF faculty physicians, including all of our surgeons and most of our medical specialists.
  • By January 2020, we expect to bring another group of BCH Oakland physicians on board to UCSF faculty in adolescent medicine, child protection, rehabilitation, infectious disease and pathology.
  • By July 2020, we expect to have fully integrated our anesthesiology practices, bringing our faculty numbers to 74% of all BCH Oakland physicians.
  • By January 2021, all BCH Oakland physicians will be UCSF faculty members except neonatology.

Expanding Research and Care

Despite universal challenges in health care, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is allocating resources to adapt and grow critical areas of patient care. Since the affiliation, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have reestablished Oakland programs in dermatology, rheumatology, and sports concussion. We also have built new faculty practices in orthopedics, ear/nose/throat, and pulmonology, and have recruited new physicians in neurology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery and ophthalmology.

  • The new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Outpatient Center, which opened in May 2018, increased clinic space by more than 40 percent, enabling the hospital to see more outpatients than ever before.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are expanding their primary care network through partnerships with community providers, improving critical access to care for their complex and diverse patient population. As part of our affiliated strategic plan, we are building digital tools for patients and physicians that will provide a greatly improved and more efficient referral experience. A single Network Access Call Center that will connect patients on both sides of the Bay with the right providers in the most convenient location is also being piloted.
  • As part of a $15 million initiative to expand critically needed pediatric and adolescent mental health services in the East Bay, we have created a new telepsychiatry consult service, which is now available for primary care providers to help them provide front-line care for their patients, backed by valuable psychiatric expertise.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are currently implementing a $20 million EPIC electronic health record (EHR) integration project, which will create a single health record for our Oakland and San Francisco hospitals. This integration helps improve care and reduce the potential for medical errors by ensuring smooth communications between physicians on our campuses and seamless patient access to their records, regardless of the facility in which they were treated.
  • We are continuing to expand programs and funding for our internationally renowned Sickle Cell Center, which is advancing research and care for our own community, as well as individuals worldwide. This includes ongoing clinical trials for new therapies, as well as innovative new programs to develop cellular therapies with the potential to cure – not just treat – blood and immune disorders.
  • We are committed to strengthening and aggressively growing clinical pediatric research programs in Oakland and San Francisco to support our goals of advancing scientific discovery and quickly translating these breakthroughs for the benefit of all children. At the same time, we are integrating Oakland’s laboratory-based research with the UCSF School of Medicine to leverage UCSF’s renowned strength in those areas.

Attracting Talent and Building Teams

Hiring and recruiting physicians to support and grow our affiliated programs is one of our highest priorities. Through recruitment over the past 4 years, we have steadily increased the number of specialists practicing at BCH Oakland and have increased access to subspecialists in the East Bay.

Furthering Community Impact

Under the affiliation, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have been better able to attract philanthropy and increase financial support services for children in Alameda County. The affiliation has yielded notable benefits:

  • In FY17, Benioff Children’s Oakland raised more than $42.4 million in philanthropy, more than double what it had raised each year from 2010 through 2013, before the affiliation. This includes significant support for the new Oakland Outpatient Center.
  • UCSF has contributed $53.6 million in support of children’s services over the last four years in collaboration with Alameda County, as part of the federal matching funds program, resulting in an additional $107.2 million in funding for the Benioff Children’s Oakland hospital since fiscal year 2015.
  • The affiliation has allowed Benioff Children’s Oakland to access $50 million in bond funds, allowing it to completely remodel the intensive care units and inpatient areas.

Updated October 2019