UCSF Partners in Care supports special programs that offer compassionate assistance to patients and their families when they need it most. In fiscal year 2014-15, UCSF Partners in Care funded 26 programs in 16 Departments and served more than 20,000 patients and family members at all three campuses of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital: Mission Bay, Parnassus and Mt. Zion.
Examples of programs supported by UCSF Partners in Care:
Pediatric Prom Program
Corsages and boutonnieres are an important part of any Prom experience. Volunteers make and deliver over 200 fresh flower corsages and boutonnieres for the brave teen patients to wear to their very own Prom. We wish them a happy and healthy graduation!
Soft cushy flannel pillows, made by volunteers, are provided to patients who have cardiac surgery to hold against their chest for pain control whenever they cough, laugh, or sneeze.
Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic
Children with cancer receive toys to help distract them as they undergo difficult or painful procedures and treatment, including multiple hours connected to an IV.
Family and Patient Support Programs
Complimentary newspapers and coffee are provided to help connect patients and families with the outside world and reduce the isolation associated with illness.
Many patients admitted through the Emergency Department (ED) must have clothes destroyed in order to receive urgent treatment. The ED supplies new clothing to patients who have no suitable clothing when they are discharged.
Photograph by Gerry La Londe-Berg
Music is Good Medicine
A musical team visits patients and family members to serve their spiritual and emotional needs, providing comfort and often improved healing through music.