August 27, 2010
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Reception And Tour of Glide Health Services to Follow
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Glide Memorial United Methodist Church welcomes UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman to its Sunday Celebration as it praises Glide Health Services’ community partnerships on Sunday August 29th. Reverend Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and the Glide community will be acknowledging Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman and the diverse community of health partners for their commitment to providing quality care and access for San Francisco’s individuals and families in need. Patients of the Glide Health Services will be present to share their stories of their lives saved because of the services of the Clinic and its partners.

Glide Health Services (GHS), in partnership with the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing; Catholic Healthcare West; and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, operates a state-of-the-art clinic with an Electronic Health Record System, and provides nearly 15,000 health services to about 3,000 people a year who might otherwise go without health care of any kind. GHS has seen an incredible need for their healthcare programs with a nearly 20% increase in patient visits this year alone.

Using a Nurse Practitioner model, GHS offers primary care services, mental health, substance abuse and non-Western medicine. Specialized programs focus on testing and prevention of HIV/AIDS and treatment of diabetes.GHS’ nurse-managed health center is on the cutting-edge of technology with its state-of-the-art electronic health records system that allows the poor and marginalized to have access to high-quality health care.


Sunday, August 27, 2010
Sunday Celebration in Glide Sanctuary, 9am
Tour of Glide’s health care facilities, 10:30am


Sunday Celebration, Glide Sanctuary, 330 Ellis Street, 9am
Tour of Glide Health Services, 330 Ellis Street, 6th floor, 10:30am


Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, Chancellor, UCSF
Reverend Cecil Williams, Glide Founder and Minister of Liberation
Janice Mirikitani, Founding President of the Glide Foundation
Thomas Hennessey, President/CEO , Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Abbie Yant, Vice President Mission, Advocacy and Community Health Services Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Kathleen Dracup, Dean and Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
John Gressman, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium
Patricia Dennehy, Director of Glide Health Services
Karen Hill, Clinic Manager, Glide Health Services
Esker-D Ligon, Behavioral Health, Glide Health Services  
Dale Rininger, Admin Manager, Glide Health Services
Paul Harkin, HIV C&T,Glide Health Services

About Glide Health Services (GHS):
Glide Health Services (GHS), a full-service health clinic in partnership with University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, Catholic Healthcare West and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, provides nearly 15,000 health services to almost 3,000 people a year who might otherwise go without health care of any kind. Focusing on the poor and homeless, GHS offers a full range of traditional health care services for youth and adults, as well as mental health, substance abuse recovery programs, integrated behavioral healthand non-Western medicine. Specific programs focus on testing and prevention of HIV/AIDS and treatment of diabetes. A recent study of work with diabetics demonstrated better control of the disease amongst Glide’s population than those served by many academic medical centers, all in a population that is predominantly homeless.  In 2007, GHS moved into a completely rebuilt and remodeled clinic on the top floor of Glide’s main building, vastly increasing capacity and the quality of the patient experience. Through a partnership with St. Anthony’s Foundation and the St. Francis Clinic, GHS is expanding into Electronic Health Records (EHR) to switch from a primarily paper system to online record-keeping.

About Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann:
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, is chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. She assumed the post August 3, 2009. Desmond-Hellmann previously served as president of product development at Genentech, a position she held from March 2004 through April 30, 2009. In this role, she was responsible for Genentech’s pre-clinical and clinical development, process research and development, business development and product portfolio management. She also served as a member of Genentech’s executive committee, beginning in 1996.  She joined Genentech in 1995 as a clinical scientist, and she was named chief medical officer in 1996. In 1999, she was named executive vice president of development and product operations. During her time at Genentech, several of the company’s patient therapeutics (Lucentis, Avastin, Herceptin, Tarceva, Rituxan and Xolair) were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the company became the nation’s No. 1 producer of anti-cancer drug treatments.

In November 2009, Forbes magazine named Desmond-Hellmann as one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators,” calling her “a hero to legions of cancer patients.”  The seven were lauded for their curiosity, empathy and leadership.

About UCSF:
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.  UCSF is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system devoted exclusively to the health sciences.


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