Fog City Blues
UCSF Medical Center
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a world renowned hospital in research and a teaching hospital in San Francisco, California. It is one of the leading hospitals in the United States and with the UCSF School of Medicine has been the site of various breakthroughs in all specialities of medicine. Patients with complex diseases from around the world seek treatment at UCSF Medical Center.
With campuses located at Parnassus Heights and Mount Zion, UCSF Medical Center is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. It has been ranked as the 7th-best overall medical center in the United States by U.S.News & World Report. The following specialties were ranked in the top 10: endocrinology (4); neurology and neurosurgery (5); gynecology (6); urology (8); rheumatology (9); ophthalmology (9). A new 43-acre (170,000 m2) campus in the Mission Bay neighborhood is expected to eventually host new hospital facilities.
If there’s one thing that the American political right-wing can’t stand, it’s people’s reliance on public health. Since UCSF is a public university, the Medical Center is the epitome of hippie-commie socialized healthcare. That might be a bit hyperbolic, but it is true that the UCSF Medical Center is the primary healthcare provider for the city. As part of the university system, it’s also a leading teaching and research hospital complex, with a crap-ton of medical breakthroughs under its proverbial belt. On the downside, that also makes it a target for some pretty big players.
Enter Dr. Wei Yao, one of the directors of the Medical Center. The White Council’s got him pegged as a Red Court bigwig, but, with his position in one of the most influential mortal institutions in the world, it’s hard to touch him. Which makes the rumors of folks coming out of some of the Med Center’s free clinics addicted to their meds more than a little suspect. Nothing’s been officially linked to the Red Court, of course, but it’s a worrying prospect nonetheless.