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CEO Message

Nancy Farber, CEO Washington Hospital Healthcare System

At Washington Hospital we care for patients of all ages, from the sickest of the sick to those who are undergoing elective surgery, from the very old to the youngest of all: the newborn who needs special medical care.

Washington Hospital’s Special Care Nursery is where we care for those very ill newborns who, for many different reasons, need additional care or need to be stabilized before being transferred to tertiary services. 

We operate the Special Care Nursery jointly with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, one aspect of our collaborative relationship with UCSF established last summer.  The transition of the Special Care Nursery to Washington Hospital, in affiliation with Benioff Children’s Hospital was completed seamlessly earlier this year.

What does this mean for the newborns and their parents?  UCSF’s neonatal and pediatric specialists are now at Washington Hospital working with our own highly trained nurses and staff.  This collaborative team offers families extraordinary infant care — the finest neonatal and pediatric care available — close to home.

Pediatric hospitalists (physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized children) from Benioff Children’s Hospital are on site in our pediatric unit and emergency room 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  UCSF neonatologists direct the care of the newborns in our Special Care Nursery alongside our neonatal nurses and community physicians.

Of course, while our goal is to provide medical care here at Washington Hospital, some infants and children have medical conditions that require more highly specialized care.  In those instances, the UCSF Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Service provides safe and expedient interfacility transport to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Additionally, through this relationship, infants and children will be transferred back to Washington when it is medically appropriate in their care so that they can be closer to home. 

This collaborative effort is just one benefit of our new relationship with UCSF where we will continue to operate as an independent district hospital while reaping the benefits of an affiliation in a comprehensive and integrated regional health care network that will serve the needs of our community, now and in the future.

Additionally, I’m very pleased to once again announce the generosity of the Washington Hospital Service League which has donated $55,000 to purchase bassinets, incubators and warmers for our Special Care Nursery.

Service League volunteers provide thousands of hours of assistance to the hospital each year.  Since its inception in 1955, the Service League has provided almost 2 million hours of service, and in total it has donated $2.3 million for various hospital needs, and close to $300,000 in health career scholarships to students.

The care we provide our patients is enhanced immeasurably by the dedicated work of Service League volunteers.  Their contributions to Washington Hospital cannot be measured in numbers alone.


Nancy Farber, CEO
Washington Hospital Healthcare System

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