UCSF Partners in Care supports special programs that offer compassionate assistance to patients and their families when they need it most. In an effort to help recognize a few of the outstanding grants supported by donations made to UCSF Partners in Care, we will be spotlighting a new grant each month .

unnamed

Safety, Self-Efficacy & Wellness

We had the pleasure of speaking to Carla Graff, director at the Medical Center at UCSF. The Safety, Self-Efficacy and Wellness Program provides valuable tools and materials essential to maintaining effective medical treatment programs for many low-income and homeless persons.

As healthcare navigators, teams of healthcare professionals—including psychiatric nurse practitioners who deal with mental disorders such as depression and bi-polarism— help patients continue and follow-through with their treatment/programs. Social workers assess patient progress to make sure each step of their treatment is completed and goals are met. They also coordinate with primary care physicians to ensure the patient is on the right track to lose weight for surgery or healthy enough to make it to their daughter’s wedding. These are just some examples of the effort put in to making this unique program a success.

As always, your support in any form is welcomed, and simply becoming a member of UCSF Partners In Care is also a great initial step.


Some of our other recent grant recipients include:

No One Dies Alone : Based on a model that originated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, OR, in 2001, and is being used at numerous hospitals in the U.S.  The primary aim for our program is to support patients who are imminently dying but do not have family members, spouses/partners, friends, or other loved ones nearby.

These patients are offered the opportunity for a volunteer companion to talk with, sit silently and keep watch, or hold their hands within the days and hours before their deaths.  A secondary aim is to provide some respite care for families and loved ones who are holding vigil with a dying adult patient-giving the gift of a few hours where they could leave the hospital for some fresh air or a meal, with the knowledge that someone is sitting with their loved one while they are away.

Thanks to the generosity of the UCSF Partners in Care grant, the Department of Spiritual Care Services is currently recruiting and on-boarding volunteers (both UCSF staff and members of the local community), developing training materials and orientation sessions, and purchasing supplies to create resource bags that will be used by our volunteer companions when making a NODA visit.  Your generous donation will allow the Medical Center – in keeping with its mission of “caring, healing, teaching, and discovering” – to extend our care to people who otherwise might face the end of their lives without someone nearby to offer comfort.

There are several ways to help support this grant specifically: If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please contact Spiritual Care Services at 415-353-1941 or 415-514-4200 or e-mail us at spiritualcareservices@ucsf.edu or peter.clark@ucsf.edu.

Adult Amenities Cart : Adult Life Services is in its pilot phase, and hopes to mirror the structure and purpose of Child Life Services.  Through the provision of specially trained volunteers, a variety of amenity supplies, patient diversional activities, and centralized resources, it is our goal to alleviate anxiety, boredom, isolation, and stress for our adult patients.  In turn, families and friends will know their loved ones are receiving individualized attention directed to their specific interests and needs.

The Foreign Language Newspapers and Movies Grant : Adult Life Services is in its pilot phase, and hopes to mirror the structure and purpose of Child Life Services.  Through the provision of specially trained volunteers, a variety of amenity supplies, patient diversional activities, and centralized resources, it is our goal to alleviate anxiety, boredom, isolation, and stress for our adult patients.  In turn, families and friends will know their loved ones are receiving individualized attention directed to their specific interests and needs.

The Learn About Me boards : Adult Life Services is in its pilot phase, and hopes to mirror the structure and purpose of Child Life Services.  Through the provision of specially trained volunteers, a variety of amenity supplies, patient diversional activities, and centralized resources it is our goal to alleviate anxiety, boredom, isolation, and stress for our adult patients. In turn, families and friends will know their loved ones are receiving individualized attention directed to their specific interests and needs.


Grant Programs supported in FY 2014-15