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Dignity Health, UCSF Health Form Integrated Care Partnership


August 08, 2017

The two largest health systems in the San Francisco Bay Area—The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health and Dignity Health—recently announced a massive collaborative care partnership, according to a press release.

“Health care works best when we collaborate to offer the best thinking and the latest medical advances to our patients,” Shelby Decosta, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for UCSF Health, said in a press release. “Dignity Health's focus on excellent care, as well as the humanity of that care in a community setting, is the perfect balance for UCSF Health's depth of knowledge and specialty services. Together, we can draw upon each other's expertise for quality and service improvements, and best practices, and to provide specialty care with shorter wait times and a better patient experience.”

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According to the release, the partnership will incorporate the academic resources of UCSF Health to three hospitals run by Dignity Health. The clinical faculty at UCSF will provide their expertise on best practices, improving access, improving quality of care, and streamlining care. The agreement also brings Dignity Health into the Canopy Health accountable care organization—an ACO that UCSF was already a part of. This will help patients within the expanded network to transition from specialty services to primary care, and vice versa.

The integrated care partnership aims to get patients the most valuable and state-of-the-art care while also making specialty care a streamlined and uninhibited process. UCSF Health and Dignity health’s new partnership should remove the typical barriers between primary care and specialty care in the hospital setting.

“UCSF Health is an excellent partner in the Bay Area, and we are looking forward to a collaboration that provides increased patient access to high-quality care,” Todd Strumwasser, MD, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Bay Area, said in the press release. “We are pleased to welcome UCSF physicians to our community hospitals, and offer patients a continuum of care never before available in the Bay Area.”

David Costill

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