Caring for Kids at UCSF Children's Hospital
Jeremy Carson Holmes (center) with Mum, Debbie (right), shows
visiting Supervisor Fiona Ma pictures of his masterful airbrush
artwork. Jeremy, 17, was diagnosed with bone cancer in April and
is undergoing chemotherapy treatment every three weeks. An amputee
to arrest the spread of cancer, Jeremy's biggest wish is to have
use of a $1200 silent airbrush compressor during his lengthy stays
at UCSF Children's
Hospital. Jeremy's compressor makes too much noise and can't
be used at the hospital.
September 8, 2005
Hospital is a nationally recognized leader in children's health
care, with a tradition of more than 85 years of pediatric research
and care. Patients come from Northern California and around the
world to be attended by one of the 150 pediatric specialists trained
specifically to care for children and adolescents in the "Best
Pediatric Program in California," as ranked by the U.S. News
and World Report.
They tailor their medical care to children's developing minds
and bodies and offer programs especially designed to support young
patients and their families throughout their stay and recovery.
Recently, their school program was accredited by the San Francisco
Unified School District and designated School #39. This allows
patients in grades K-12 to continue their education while receiving
treatment at the hospital. Their teachers also provide Bedside
Tutoring and School Re-entry curricula.
Christy Dubois (left) is a K-12 teacher working with patients
and their siblings at UCSF Children's Hospital.
UCSF hopes to build a new, stand-alone Children's Hospital in
Mission Bay to expand their 140-bed capacity, which consistently
has a waiting list. Their 50-bed Intensive Care Nursery, is one
of the birthplaces of neonatal intensive care, and for 40 years
has provided leadership in caring for fragile newborns and infants
in need of surgery.
On September 9, Supervisor Fiona Ma, representing the Board of
Supervisors, recognized four outstanding individuals for their
contributions to improving the lives of patients and their families.
Pediatric social worker Caroline Casey recognizing the need to
have car seats available for children whose families, because
of lack of means, don't have them on hand at the time of discharge,
successfully secured grant funding for $2,500 worth of car seats
suitable for newborns and children upon discharge.
When the Mayor's Office called, Shelley Diane stepped forward
to be the point person on an immunization project at four schools
in the Bay View Hunter's Point. The amount of coordination required
to provide this service normally takes months, but Shelly was
able to accomplish this project in a few short weeks to provide
vital healthcare for children and teachers.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Robin Kramer developed a national
model of Pediatric Palliative Care, called the Compass Care Program,
which improves end of life care to children and their families.
Macy's West was overwhelmed by Robin's dedication to children
and their families so they agreed to have Robin's Compass Care
Program be their first ever beneficiary of their Annual Tree Lighting
Ceremony in Union Square.
Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Children's Hospital
Caroline Casey, Kimberly Scurr, Fiona Ma, Robin Kramer, Shelly
Each year, UCSF's Children's Hospital sells lights for the Tree.
This year, San Francisco Fire Department's Local 798 will be a
sponsor for this event, which will take place on Friday, November
25th in Union Square. Chief Hayes-White's son, Sean, is currently
a patient at the hospital. If you're interested in being a sponsor,
please contact Kelley O'Brien at 415-353-9394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White with son, Sean, a patient at UCSF
Children's Hospital, is greeted by Jim Vanucci, Director of San
Francisco Firefighters Local 798
Director Kimberly Scurr, Director of Pediatric Heart Center-Perinatal
Services was our final honoree. A registered nurse, she has worked
hard to bring the Pediatric Unit to the esteemed level of national
prominence it now enjoys.