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Second Annual Art Day at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital a Huge Success – A Red Carpet Fashion Show

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Get all the deets on this special day at UCSF below.

The red carpet up at 505 Parnassus:

Just after the unveiling:

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“Members of the UCSF community are invited to celebrate the second annual Art Day at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 16, featuring a red carpet fashion show with hospital gowns completely redesigned by young hospital patients.

All of the creations are designed by the kids, and will be modeled by a mix of staff and patients. Other activities include a photo booth, where patients can insert themselves into famous works of art, and professional artists who will share their artistic processes.

“Re-designing the hospital gowns gives these kids an opportunity to share their feelings about what the hospital gowns mean to them and what they signify,” said UCSF Child Life Services Manager Michael Towne. “The kids are allowed to feel and actively express the way they want to.”

The art therapy program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital provides a creative way for children and their families to communicate and better cope with their hospital experience. Art therapy encourages patient engagement, expression and an increased understanding of the emotional impact of illness and medical treatment.

The Child Life Department recognizes the integral role hospital child life programs play in the healing process and works with children, teens and their families to ensure that each child’s developmental and emotional needs are met.

“Patients need a forum to express what it means to have cancer, or cystic fibrosis or to have experienced a major trauma,” said Towne. “The whole issue of illness has a profound impact on a person’s identity, and awareness of mortality. And sometimes, all the words in the world aren’t going to capture what’s going on.”

Fashion Show

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, 505 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor Courtyard”

Oh Hell Yes: UCSF Allows Emergency Room Check-In Online – Wait Just 15 Minutes with InQuickER Service at Parnassus

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The average wait for an emergency room visit at UCSF‘s Parnassus Heights campus is 4.5 hours for people with mild medical emergencies? Wow.

Wouldn’t it be nicer to pay $5 to check-in online and then wait at home rather than in the ER?

That’s what UCSF thinks.

Check it:

“UCSF patients with minor medical needs seeking treatment in the Emergency Department now can make an appointment to be seen – waiting at home rather in the hospital – via a new online check-in service called InQuickER.

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UCSF Medical Center is now offering patients with mild medical emergencies a chance to reserve a time to be seen in the Emergency Department using a new online system.

UCSF Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) at Parnassus Heights is now offering InQuickER designed for patients with non-threatening minor medical needs.

UCSF patients can register online for a $4.99 fee and pick an open slot for an emergency room visit. The fee will be refunded if they’re not seen within 15 minutes.

In April, UCSF did a trial run with the online service, which 22 people used. UCSF Medical Center launched the system a few weeks ago.

“One thing we encountered during the trial was that a lot of patients were using it inappropriately,” said Jennifer Dearman, the Emergency Department’s patient care manager. “The online registration is screened by ED nurses and we have had to advise some patients to come directly to the ED. This service is for a fast-track kind of patient.”

“For example, a cancer patient on chemotherapy with a fever can have complicated issues and should be seen in the regular ED, so InQuickER is not appropriate for that person.”

Waiting at Home vs. Hospital

About 105 patients a day visit the emergency room at UCSF Medical Center on the Parnassus campus, Dearman said, and the average time between arrival and departure, for those not admitted to the hospital, is four-and-a-half hours.

That’s in keeping with the average wait in 2009 for ER patients throughout California: four hours and 34 minutes –  27 minutes longer than the U.S. average, according to a 2010 report by health care consulting firm Press Ganey.

Dearman said patient satisfaction was the main reason UCSF Medical Center adopted InQuickER. “It also helps us control the flow,” she said. “The general population doesn’t think the emergency room ever has slow times. But it does.”

UCSF is one of 55 health care facilities in 13 states partnering with InQuickER, said spokesman Chris Song. The service, based in Nashville, began in 2006 after its founder, Tyler Kiley, had to go to an emergency room and spent hours witnessing stasis and frustration.

“He just thought there had to be a better way,” Song said. “With our service, you still have to wait but you get to do it somewhere else. Like on your couch instead of being surrounded by other sick people.”

Song said InQuickerER provides patients with convenience, comfort and some level of control. And it allows emergency department staff to know who’s coming and what symptoms they have, so that they can better prepare.

“It can help reduce the burden of peak times and spread it out,” Song said. “It creates more efficiency and a better environment in the waiting room.”

So far, more than 10,000 people have used the service; 95 percent have been seen within the 15-minute window. In a triage situation, of course, even people who have registered will have to wait. When there are delays, users are notified through text messages and emails with updated projections on treatment times.

The service is available online at https://ucsfmedicalcenter.inquicker.com/. It is growing rapidly, Song said, which is not surprising: A study led by San Francisco General Hospital emergency physician Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, found that the number of hospital-based emergency departments in the United States is declining, despite an increase in the number of patients seeking emergency care.

The study by Hsia, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May. It reported that 27 percent of urban and suburban emergency rooms have closed in the last two decades.”

Hurray!

Open House on September 12th for Proposed Million-Square-Foot CPMC Hospital at Van Ness and O’Farrell

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Hey, wouldn’t you just looooooove having a million-square-foot hospital rising up from 1101 Van Ness? I don’t know. There’s lots to consider, of course. Get up to speed with Curbed SF and the Socketsite if you’d like.

Now, to help to get you aboard with the concept, the California Pacific Medical Center and Barbary Coast Consulting are offering an Open House at the site on Sunday, September 12th from 12:30 to 3:00 PM.

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The building that’s there now (at least I think it’s still there) used to be the Cathedral Hill Hotel(which was famous for having a contract with Centerfolds strip club to house the more famous migrant strippers who passed through town) and before then it was called the Jack Tar Hotel (which was famous for being famous, for some reason.)

Whatever you do, stay away from Room 773:  

That’s a still from the Academy Award-winning Francis Ford Coppola film The Conversation starring Gene Hackman and Cindy Williams.

Anyway, see you there on Sunday!

“Meet and talk with the medical and planning teams for the proposed hospital at Van Ness & Geary. Learn about patient services, architecture, streetscape, traffic, transportation, construction management, and CPMC’s citywide system of care, community partnerships, and more.”

California Campus
3700 California Street
Map to California Campus
Davies Campus
Castro & Duboce Streets
Map to Davies Campus
Pacific Campus
2333 Buchanan Street
Map to Pacific Campus
St Luke’s Campus
3555 Cesar Chavez Street
Map to St. Luke’s Campus
   (415) 600-6000
Sutter Pacific Med. Fdn.

Wyman Avenue Open-House in the Presidio – Prices, Photos, Impressions of 11 New Rentals

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

[UPDATE: "Carefully refurbished?" That's up for debate. But "lakeside?" Hell no. How about State-Highway-One-side instead? Seep into the woods of these great estates to see for yourself if you want. "Honey, where's the lake? Isn't there supposed to be a lake?"]

Our Presidio Trust is working towards sustainability and the refurbished Wyman Avenue residences are going to be a part of that.

Read on for a report about the first official Open House the John Stewart Company just had over Burning Man / Labor Day Weekend.

First up, here’s the news. Monthly rental prices have been set for all the duplexes (the ones with letters in the addresses) at about $5500 per month, mas or menos. And Minimum Bid price floors have been set for the three single family residences. See?

Mmmm, the minimum price set for 1809, the smallest non-duplex, is the outlier here. 1811 is twice the house of 1809 (IMO, of course – square footage-wise, it’s 63% more house), but the minimum bid price for 1811 is only 11% higher. Mmmm.

Etude sur le mise-en-scene:

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But guess what, you can see these places yourself on:

“Wednesday, September 8 from 11am to 3pm.”

Uh oh, here come the Lexuseses – it must be time for Open House!

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There’s no good place to lock up your bike, so oh well:

Here’s the front view on WymanAvenue – lots of dogs were about, despite the “no pets” policy for renters. (There might have been more than a few looky-lou dog-walkers about – I talked to some of them myself.)

Now, it’s time for some interiors:

Here’s a kitchen (from Building 1811, the pick of the litter at 10K plus per month):

…and a bath:

…and a living room:

(Man, I’d want to take a hacksaw to the pipe on that hanging light fixture to get the bottom of it above the altitude of my melon…)

….and a master bedroom way up high on the third floor:

And the “unfinished” basement of 1809, well it’s just awesome. They don’t even count this space in the square footage:

You could have quite the workshop (or ping pong tournament) down there. Plenty of square footage:

But, mind the humidity:

Now all that’s all fine and dandy, but it seems a few shortcuts were taken during the long process of refurbishment. For example, this window doesn’t have weatherstripping, so it closes unevenly:

Compare that with what you get at the recently remade LandMark Presidio apartments just down the road. They’ve taken the time to make sure the gaps are plugged  over there. See?

Anyway, back to Wyman Ave…

Some of the fittings are what you call “builder’s grade.” Straight-out-of-Home-Depot is good enough for me, but I don’t think this plastic stuff here is necessarily green and I don’t think it matches the historic nature or whatnot of this $10k+ per month rental unit. So what’s it doing here?  

The cheapest closet light pull-cord-stretchy-string and aluminum stopper-bobber you could imagine:

Are we done here? I don’t know. Maybe they’ll get to adding a globe around this exterior light or maybe they won’t:

And here’s your PVC / copper interchange. All right…

And don’t look now, but they have PG&E SmartMeters all over. (Can you see the EMF symbol part of the SmartMeter logo  on this gas mater? Wow, that wasn’t the right choice for PG&E to make back in the day. But since this meter doesn’t have an LCD display, you can’t really tell what makes it new and special except for the knowledge that it transmits wirelessly. Of course, it’s those wireless transmissions that people are most upset about. Oh well.) 

Now, if you’re into it, you better act fast, is all I can say.

They’ll take a bid going up to something like five years on the houses. I’m thinking that the longer rental terms are what they’re referring to by the phrase ”Rent Escalation Factor.”

So something like this: 

“I’ll pay the John Stewart Company $11k/mo this year, 12k/mo next year, etc…”

So that’s the tour. Maybe one of these places is for you, I don’t know.

You might just love living here…

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Invites Meg to a Fourth of July Picnic in Wealthy Atherton, CA

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The latest communique from JBHQ is an invitation for a BBQ in Meg Whitman’s backyard. Check it:

A BBQ, Perhaps? We are disappointed to hear that Meg Whitman declined to have tea with Jerry Brown at his home. With a tip of the cap to Independence Day and an early start to the political silly season, I want to suggest to Ms. Whitman that Jerry’s offer to have tea could be substituted for a Fourth of July bar-b-que at the a public park in Atherton. We would be happy to invite a few nurses to join us. No big screen TVs, teleprompters or presidential advance necessary. Children on their best behavior are welcome. 

 - Steven Glazer, Campaign Manager”

O.K. then.

An artist’s rendition of down-home Jerry cooking up dogs for the Fourth. Let’s call it Atherton Gothic:

So, the ball is en su corte, ahora, right Meg? You’re already in deep, deep trouble, so what’s the harm?

Brace Yourselves! Queen Meg to Visit Goldman Sachs at the BofA Building on Election Day

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(I’ll tell you, I’ve yet to see one of the many commercials for Meg Whitman for Governor – I guess they don’t have political ads sponsoring Glee, or I’m able to scroll right through them on my VHS, a kind of analog DVR that was popular before you were born. But I’ve seen a few vids against her on the YouTube and, frankly, I didn’t like the claymation one as I thought it was a bit cruel. However, this Queen Meg parody is looking pretty good, so that’s nice. And I’ll tell you, you know who doesn’t like this kind of mockery about queens and royalty and couldyousaysenatorinsteadofma’am? Other Female Electeds of every political stripe, that’s who. They don’t truck with this crap. They consider this kind of thing anti-female, theywouldneversaythataboutamanwouldthey. But you won’t ever hear those beefs, so I thought I’d tell you. Moving on…)

OMG! Queen Meg is coming to visit Goldman Suchs  in the Financh nabe at Noon on primary Election Day,* June 8th, 2010.

“California’s future monarch, Queen Meg, is ‘rich enough to  rule,’ and will be making her case with a royal bus tour of  Her Golden State this June 1 through 8. This satire is inspired by the efforts of Meg Whitman  to undermine democracy with her bottomless campaign  treasury. That’s why Queen Meg says, ‘We can’t afford our democracy, so why not try a monarchy.’”
 
Look for this dog and pony show at the corner of California and Kearny right next to the Banker’s Heart.

Use your intuitive play/ ’cause maybe we have more play time than money/

For details contact Nato Green
email: ngreen@calnurses.org,
phone: 510-273-2269.

See you there.

*Is this song actually good or am I a delayed victim of 1980′s imprinting / peer pressure / whatnot?

San Francisco Democrats Boo Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gala – How Wude!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Pity poor Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – tonight he crashed the annual San Francisco Democratic Party Fundraising Gala and Auction at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill and he was rewarded with a loud round of booing.

Poor guy. Did Assemblymember Tom Ammiano spontaneously yell, “You lie” at Arnold, ala Congressman Joe Wilson? Haha!

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The evening captured via Francis Tsang’s BlackBerry

Per SF FYI Net:

San Francisco Democratic Party – Onward to Victory Gala 2009
When: October 7, 2009 – Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Where: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Democratic Party’s Annual Gala Fund Raiser. Many voices – one vision. Funds raised at the gala will directly support voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities to ensure that we elect a Democratic governor in 2010. $150.

A Gaggle of Nurses Demand Employee Free Choice at Diane Feinstein’s Office

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Hundreds of boisterous nurses are raising Heck right now in front of  Dianne Feinstein San Francisco offices at One Post Street.

See? There were hundreds hundreds of them, with red roses and red shirts.

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What Do They Want?  A commitment to support the Employee Free Choice Act

When Do They Want It? “Now!”

O.K. then.

Via the indispensable SF FYI Net:

Nurses and Allies Rally for the Employee Free Choice Act!
When: September 9, 2009 – Wednesday
1 to 3 p.m.
Where:
1 to 1:30 p.m. – DiFi’s place
2 to 3 p.m. – One Post Street, San Francisco
What: California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee will converge at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s house in San Francisco to deliver roses with hand-written notes urging her to support the rights of nurses and other workers to organize a union.