Fremont, Calif., June 13, 2013- Yesterday, the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors
voted to approve a collaborative relationship with UCSF. The goal is to
create a comprehensive and integrated regional health care network that
serves the needs of the residents of our community now and in the future.
“There is unprecedented transformation that is occurring in health
care, and we believe our Health Care District needs to be part of a larger
regional network to ensure that residents of our district can have access
to the quality health care they need, when they need it now and in the
future,” said Nancy Farber, CEO of Washington Hospital. “We
are pleased to announce the beginning of a collaborative relationship
between UCSF and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. The intent is
to create an integrated regional health care network to best serve our
patients and continue to be successful in the future.”
This relationship will help to facilitate referrals for Washington Hospital
patients to specialty services at UCSF when needed and will also offer
an opportunity to share best practices to further enhance the quality
of care and reduce costs.
Collaboration paves the way for expanded access to specialized physicians
locally, the potential to have clinical training programs for medical
education students at Washington Hospital, as well as new avenues for
the recruitment of physicians.
Additionally, as Washington transitions to an electronic medical record
(EMR), using the same company that UCSF used to implement theirs, the
relationship will allow for improved communications between the two healthcare
systems. While following compliant privacy guidelines that protect patient
privacy, the EMR will facilitate the delivery of care and improve patient
and physician communications.
As part of this agreement, a Joint Operations Committee that will include
representatives of both organizations will meet regularly to discuss collaborative
initiatives, and improving the quality and efficiency of both organizations.
A Steering Committee, composed of senior leadership from both organizations,
will provide guidance to the Joint Operations Committee on key issues.
“Our growing relationship with Washington Township will be the foundation
of a regional system of care, the goal of which is to provide the Bay
Area community with better care at lower cost,” said Mark R. Laret,
CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
“UCSF has a strong tradition of aligning with community hospitals
in order to better serve local needs through a combined expertise in health
This relationship is not a merger or acquisition. Washington will retain
its independent governance as a health care district with the mission
of meeting the health care needs of our community. “We’ve
selected a strong partner that we believe is the best fit for Washington
Hospital Healthcare System. As two public entities, we both share a mission
that creates the foundation for further discussion around enhanced services
for the residents of Washington Township Health Care District ,”
said Ms. Farber.
About Washington Township Health Care District
Washington Township Health Care District is governed by an elected board
of directors. Unlike a municipal or county hospital, Washington Hospital’s
operating expenses, research, community programs, and employee salaries
are funded by revenues generated through providing patient and other health
care services. Washington Hospital Healthcare System includes a 389-bed
acute-care hospital; the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute; The
Gamma Knife® Center; Washington Radiation Oncology Center; Washington
Outpatient Surgery Center; Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation Center;
Washington Outpatient Catheterization Laboratory; Washington Institute
for Joint Restoration and Research; the Institute for Minimally Invasive
and Robotic Surgery; and Washington West, a complex which houses Washington
Women’s Center, Outpatient Imaging Center, Sandy Amos R.N. Infusion
Center, Washington Urgent Care and additional outpatient hospital services
and administrative facilities.
About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in
the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology,
collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly
compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic
medical center of the University of California San Francisco. The medical
center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health,
the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health
and cancer. It operates as a selfsupporting enterprise within UCSF and
generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.