UCSF Partners in Care supports special services that offer compassionate assistance to patients and their families when they need it most. The programs we fund are designed to complement the excellent health care provided by the UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Examples of programs supported by UCSF Partners in Care:
Pediatric Transport Program
UCSF transports children to the Medical Center from all over the West Coast. A special team of doctors and nurses fly to accompany the critically ill child. We provide specially designed Teddy Bears to comfort the children during their flight, for the duration of their hospitalization, and when they return home.
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.