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Save BCHO clinics!

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To Members of the Board of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland,

This petition from the current medical staff, community physicians, and former residents is in response to the Board of Directors’ proposed cuts to the ambulatory programs of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (UBCHO).  We are concerned that these proposed cuts are contrary to the Board’s responsibility to the mission of the hospital, are based on incomplete data, and raise questions about the management of the hospital.  

We demand more transparency about the accounting related to the expenses and the budget of these programs, in order to better understand the issue at hand.

We also demand more information about how these cuts will impact the residency program and its ability to comply with ACGME requirements.  

We believe the leadership at UBCHO needs to be proactive and not reactive in providing new, innovative solutions, as previous cuts have not worked and have left us with options that are not sustainable.  Broad-based cuts like those proposed cause community physicians and our patients’ families to lose faith in the hospital as a whole, decreasing referrals to all programs, including those not affected by the changes.

Chronic poor management should not preclude proper care of our community’s children.

By March 15, 2017, we request a response, which includes:

- An extended timeline for consideration of changes to these programs
- Clear, reliable data about costs and revenue
- A working group, which includes community physicians, members of the MEC, and members of the Board to make a thoughtful appraisal of all of the options.
- A thorough appraisal of how the current proposed cuts will affect the ability of the residency program to comply with ACGME requirements.
- A response as to where the patients who utilize these critical programs will go for care,
considering that our mission is “to ensure the delivery of the highest quality pediatric care for all children through regional, primary, and subspecialty networks, a strong education and teaching program, a diverse workforce, state-of-the-art  research programs and facilities and nationally-recognized child advocacy efforts”.

On behalf of the medical staff, community physicians, and former residents,


Margery Lackman, MD (Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation - Pediatrics)

Jennifer Louie, MD (Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fremont - Pediatrics)

Jennifer Miller, MD (East Bay Pediatrics)

Jaleh Niazi, MD (New Day Pediatrics)

Daniel Robbins, MD (Lamorinda Pediatrics)

Elizabeth Salsburg, MD (Managing Partner, Kiwi Pediatrics)

Christina Vo, MD (Managing Partner, East Bay Pediatrics)



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