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UCSF Insider Newsletter

This comes from UCSF Medical Center Newsletter.  It is a great wealth of knowledge and we wanted to share with you.


UCSF Medical Center Ranked 8th Best Hospital in Nation


UCSF Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier hospitals for the 14th consecutive year, the only Northern California hospital to make the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 Best Hospitals survey. This adds to earlier 2015 accolades ranking UCSF number two in NIH funding and the only school of medicine in the nation to rank in the top five in both research and primary care. Read more


UCSF Tops $100K in Fundraising for AIDS Walk


Reflecting the University’s public mission, UC San Francisco teams brought in more than $100,000 to AIDS Walk San Francisco 2015, a fundraiser for programs benefiting those who live with HIV/AIDS. UCSF exceeded its fundraising goals for the second year in a row. Read more


UCSF Neuroscientist Named 2015 Blavatnik Laureate


UC San Francisco physician-scientist Edward Chang, MD, whose seminal research reveals how the human brain processes speech and language, has been named the 2015 Blavatnik Laureate in the Life Sciences, which honors the nation’s most exceptional young scientists and engineers. In a first for the Blavatnik National Awards, which have been given since 2007, all three of this year’s recipients are members of the faculty of the University of California. Read more


In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells


In a project spearheaded by UC San Francisco investigators, scientists have devised a new strategy to modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9, potentially providing a new tool for research and therapies for diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Read more


Minority Training Program Aims to Eliminate Cancer Disparities


UC San Francisco’s Rena Pasick, DrPh, founded the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, one of the nation’s longest-running programs of its kind, to encourage people of color to pursue doctoral degrees and careers focused on cancer disparities research. Read more

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blog2Educated consumers are demanding greater patient care and attention.  This year’s class of recipients illustrates an elevated level of compassionate care and medical skills with each Healthnetwork Member they see.  Congratulations to these physicians – you are our heroes!  For a directory of recipients based upon medical specialty, CLICK HERE.


blog3You have seen the brochures, heard the talk – but still unsure just how we can help?

We created a simple graphic to reassure you that when you are facing a medical issue – your first action should be to call Healthnetwork.



blog4“I am doing things that I never imagined I would be doing so soon post-surgery.  Even my chiropractor told me I have recovered faster than anyone he has ever seen.  Most of my restrictions have been lifted.  I know I need to moderate my behavior, but I am so grateful for this outcome.  If you asked me to rate this experience from 1 to 10, I would give it a 30!  I want everyone to know that it really does matter that you see the right physician. Healthnetwork and UCSF – you made such a difference.”

CLICK HERE to read about Chuck’s amazing recovery from hip replacement surgery at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco CA.


Baptist Health South Florida, PBS, Takes ‘Sweet Revenge’ on Processed Food
Baptist recently sponsored a showing of an important program for the Miami area which highlights health problems associated with the average American diet and how poor food choices affect children and adults in our country and across the world.

“BE FAST” When It Comes to Stroke
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Stroke Centers Offer Tips on How to Recognize and Prevent Strokes.  SEE GRAPHIC HERE

Getting Your Bell Rung: What You Need to Know about Concussions
According to Dr. Bailey, there have been a number of developments in concussion management, prompting University Hospitals Sports Medicine and University Hospitals Neurological Institute to collaborate on new documentation to help coaches, parents and athletes understand what to do when a concussion is suspected.


blog5100 years ago humans lived an average of 47 years. Today many men live to be at least 75. Many women live to be at least 80. With a longer life expectancy, many of us are concerned about staying healthy as we age.  Some body changes are inevitable as we get older. Some of the poor health in older individuals occurs because they did not take good care of their health when they were younger.

Our Medical Director Dr. Locke arms you with information on What Happens When We Age.

To counteract some less than healthy behaviors, we recommend that you Improve Your Health With These Steps


GOLD SUPPORT:  As Members realize the value of Healthnetwork through great experiences, we will ask them to financially support the Foundation at our GOLD Support level. This level contributes to HNW’s operating expenses and enables HNW to make donations back to hospitals to make medicine better for all. The GOLD Support Program includes:

  • HNW services for Member, Spouse, Children, Parents and extended family and key executives
  • Tax-deductible contributions of $500 per per year with option for $2,000 per for 5 years
  • Includes GOLD Access App and Travel Health Advisor Service


blog6PLANNED GIVING:  As your confidential patient advocate our mission is to connect you and yours in a timely manner to the very best healthcare. If we have helped you and your loved ones in a significant way and you have thoughtfully chosen to support the ongoing mission of Healthnetwork Foundation with a Planned Gift, please take a moment to let us know your honorable intentions: CLICK HERE to download a Will Commitment Form.

Please fax (+1 440 893-0831) or mail your completed Will Commitment form to: Robin Blass, Healthnetwork Foundation | 33 River Street Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

DONATIONS TO HOSPITALS: Each year we prepare a report for our partner hospitals highlighting the unique benefits of our referral relationships. If we have connected you to a physician and hospital that you then chose to thank as a grateful patient, please let us know that you have given or pledged a gift to that hospital.

HEALTHNETWORK’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY: 2016 will mark the 25th year that we have had the privilege to assist Healthnetwork families like yours with the full range of healthcare needs. Our priority is to help you safeguard your good health. Today our Supporters have the benefit of our strong referral relationships to over 40 of the top medical centers in the country. These valued relationships have been 25 years in the making and no matter where you or your loved ones live or travel, you can turn to us. Past Supporters have paved the way for today’s families who call.  With all the rising uncertainty about healthcare access, the long-range sustainability of our mission has never been more important. It’s so important, some of our Supporters are choosing this moment in time to thank and support Healthnetwork with a one-time 25th Anniversary Gift.

All gifts are 100% tax deductible as allowed by U.S. law. Gifts of all sizes make sizable differences to our Foundation, the only nonprofit with our mission to serve you and yours while making medicine better for all.

Please contact Robin Blass for more information: +1 216 256-1002 or 

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02wellness_stats_smlPrevention and Wellness
Rest assured, Healthnetwork is here for you – in good health and when your health demands greater care.

This year, we encourage you to join us in making positive lifestyle changes. Our goal is to help you avoid chronic disease as you age through lifestyle changes you can make today.  These changes have been shown to directly impact your quality of life.

The first step is identifying the risks you are taking with your health … and move on to making a plan to help you live life to the fullest.

Whether you want to start out small (installing a health app on your phone) or jump in (with an immersive executive health program with 6 months of follow up care) – we have options for you.  Many of us here in the Healthnetwork office are sporting fitness bands and being mindful to be more active.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the healthy steps you can make TODAY.

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04Osteoporosis_thm Dr. Locke’s Prescription for a Better Life

Most cases of low back pain do not require urgent care, but how do you know when is back pain an emergency?  Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients go to the doctor or miss work. In this article, Dr. Susan Locke provides you with the tools to know when to seek immediate help for back pain.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Back Pain.

Catch up on some of the favorite Dr. Locke articles from last year:

CLICK HERE for more information on Insomnia and Apnea

CLICK HERE for more on information on Adult Immunizations


05KarenRobichaud2015_sml “Doctors have asked, who do you know?  Who are you to have gained appointment access so quickly?” 

Karen and Rene Robichaud have been affiliated with Healthnetwork Foundation for more than 16 years. During this time they have placed 30 requests for their family members. The requests have originated from Cincinnati to Boston with a few stops in Houston. As members of YPO and now WPO, they were introduced to Healthnetwork early in life. Their children grew up with VIP access and their parents have also enjoyed expedited appointments as more medical assistance is needed.

CLICK HERE to learn more about their experiences.


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Who Should Get the Shingles Vaccine?

Whether they’ve had shingles or not, adults age 60 and older should get the shingles vaccine (Zostavax), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the vaccine is also approved for use in people ages 50 to 59 years, the CDC isn’t recommending the shingles vaccine until you reach age 60.

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles vaccine prevents this reactivation.

The shingles vaccine isn’t fail-safe; some people develop shingles despite vaccination. Even when it fails to suppress the virus completely, however, the shingles vaccine may reduce the severity and duration of shingles. Although there’s hope that the vaccine will reduce your risk of severe, lingering pain after shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), studies haven’t yet found strong evidence of that effect.

The shingles vaccine is a live vaccine given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. The most common side effects of the shingles vaccine are redness, pain, tenderness and swelling at the injection site, and headaches.

The shingles vaccine isn’t recommended if you:

  1. Have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or any other component of the shingles vaccine
  2. Have a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, lymphoma or leukemia
  3. Are receiving immune system-suppressing drugs, such as steroids, adalimumab (Humira), infliximab (Remicade), etanercept (Enbrel), radiation or chemotherapy
  4. Have active, untreated tuberculosis
  5. Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant

In some cases, the cost of the shingles vaccine may not be covered by Medicare or insurance. Check your plan

This was an original article found on Mayo Clinic.


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Take a moment to meet the experts in Orthopedics, Neurology, Psychiatry and Rheumatology from this year’s class of award recipients and discover what research they are pursuing.

pictured:  Paul Koomar (Healthnetwork) Allan Friedman, MD, Courtney Ryon (Liaison), Henry Friedman, MD (all from Duke University Medical Center) & Hersh Patel (Healthnetwork) at the awards dinner in North Carolina.


One Call to Healthnetwork will now provide you with access at 40+ centers of excellence across the country.  Take a look at our map to see your options, including these new alliances:

Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, NY
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

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1 in 4 Americans struggle with mental health issues.  Healthnetwork has options for you across the country – you are not alone.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation  – a new merger and powerful alliance for our Supporters
Lindner Center of HOPE – an update to Sibcy House makes them an ideal destination for assessment and therapy

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