Hospital strikes affiliation with UC San Francisco Medical Center

March 21, 2014 by  

Children who need medical care across the bay from San Francisco, will be able to continue turning to Children’s Hospital Oakland, thanks to its recent affiliation with University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.

The hospital’s survival is vital, because it has the only pediatric Level 1 trauma center in the Bay Area. In 2013, it saw 220,000 children as outpatients, served 47,000 children in the ER, and admitted over 10,000 children to the hospital proper.

The affiliation will not only keep Children’s open, it will give patients access to more services. For example, Dr. Coleen Sabatini is a professor at UC San Francisco, but she also sees anywhere from 40 to 60 children as outpatients at Children’s four days a week. She also performs surgery one day per week in the Oakland facility.

Dr. Mika Hiramatsu, who is a pediatrician working with Castro Valley Pediatrics, noted that the affiliation between the two hospitals also allowed a rheumatologist who works at UC San Francisco to see patients at Children’s. Hiramatsu is enthusiastic since there has not been anyone practicing rheumatology there until now.

Children’s officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for past and potential patients, outlining the changes the affiliation will allow, including additional services that can be offered, and any scheduling changes due to the affiliation.