Caring Wisely FY 2023 Project Contest






UCSF Health and the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value (CHV) sponsors awards of up to $50,000 for one year to faculty and staff for collaborative projects that can be implemented to reduce waste and lower health care costs while maintaining or improving health at UCSF Health, which consists of UCSF Medical Center, Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the UCSF faculty practice group and ambulatory clinics.



We invite the submission of any proposal that improves healthcare value at UCSF Health. UCSF Health is also particularly interested in proposals that address value improvement opportunities in one of the below areas:

  • Improve Hospital Throughput and Reduce Excess Inpatient Bed Days
  • Improve Outpatient, Inpatient, or Perioperative Clinical Access
  • Improve Health Equity
  • Reduce Hospital Acquired Conditions and Infections
  • Reduce Unnecessary Testing
  • Jan 23 - Mar 3 - Project Contest 1st Round

    Proposal Submission Deadline

    Proposal submissions due by 5pm | Fri., March 3, 2023

    • Projects with a projected direct cost savings of greater than $250,000 are more likely to be selected (click on the "Read important information about this forum" link on the home page to see more criteria for winning).
    • The Center for Healthcare Value will offer “Office Hours” to answer questions and provide guidance on cost analysis. Please email Jahan Fahimi ( and Catherine Lau ( to schedule a session.

    During this time, project teams should:

    • Build your core team and extended stakeholders interested in this problem.
    • Browse proposals and comment to improve others' proposal.
    • Review comments and provide additional information if necessary.
  • Mar 6 - Mar 13: 1st Round Review and announcement of 2nd Round Finalists
    • Proposal submissions are reviewed.
    • Selected finalists will be invited to proceed to the Optimization Phase.
    • 2nd Round Finalists announced by March 13th
  • Mar 13 - Mar 31: 2nd Round Finalists Optimization Phase

    Final updates to proposals must be complete before 5pm | Fri., March 31, 2023

    During this time, project teams should:

    • Optimize your proposal
      • Stay on top of OpenProposal comments, answer questions, and ask new ones!
    • Continue to build your core team and extended stakeholders interested in this problem
    • Obtain sign-off from the Executive Sponsor(s)
    • 2nd Round Finalists announced by March 13th
      • Any updates to Full Proposals must be completed prior to 5:00PM, Friday, March 31, 2023


  • Apr 3 - May 5: 2nd Round Review
    • Finalist proposals are reviewed.
  • May 8: FY24 Caring WiselyTM $50K Project Awards Announced

    Winners will be announced on Mon., May 8, 2023

Implementation Phase

Proposals (31 total)

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“Home Sweet Home”: Optimal Management of Diabetes and Hyperglycemia in Endocrine Consult Patients Transitioning From Hospital to Outpatient

Proposal Status: 

PROJECT LEAD: Elizabeth Holt, MD PhD, Professor of Medicine and Surgery and Director of Inpatient Endocrinology and Transition Care, Division of Endocrinology

EXECUTIVE SPONSOR: TBA and Suneil K Koliwad, MD, PhD, Chief Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, UCSF

Improving pediatric emergency care access with an integrated telemedicine solution

Proposal Status: 

PROPOSAL TITLE: Improving pediatric emergency care access with an integrated telemedicine solution
PROJECT LEAD(S): Daftary, Rajesh; Baker, Peter (Chris); Whitelaw, Kevin
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): Grupp-Phelan, Jacqueline; Colorado, Yahaira

Pediatric cardiac surgery coordinator for weekends

Proposal Status: 
  • PROPOSAL TITLE: Pediatric cardiac surgery coordinator for weekends
  • PROJECT LEAD(S): Pediatric cardiac surgery NP's, coordinator for surgery
  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Department of Cardiac-Thoracic Surgery
  • ABSTRACT - Providing a cardiac or surgical team member to help navigate the out-patient and family on the weekends, from the front door to the surgery pre-op and waiting areas.

Improving the Discharge Process for LEP Surgical Patients

Proposal Status: 

Closing the Gap: Improving the Discharge Process for LEP Surgical Patients

Project Lead(s): Ryuta Fukuda, RN; Darcy McCarty, RN; Karen Trang, MD; Hannah Decker, MD; Alison Baskin, MD; Logan Pierce, MD; Elizabeth Wick, MD

Executive Sponsor: Pat Patton


Rethinking the waitlist for patient care to optimize direct care and reduce “waste”

Primary Author: Christie Lin
Proposal Status: 

Patient waitlists for therapeutic services is a significant problem in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences that has become exacerbated with the pandemic.  This problem is reflective of the broader challenges to access mental health services within our community and field. Waitlists are costly for everyone involved in the health system. They are problematic for both patients and clinical care teams. For the healthcare system, waitlists are the result of limited access to care.

Chemotherapy video education modules

Proposal Status: 
  • PROPOSAL TITLE:  Video modules for Chemotherapy Teaching

ABSTRACT –To assemble chemotherapy video education modules that can be tailored to each patient. Topics would include chemotherapy medications, managing side effects and medication use, lifestyle changes, activity, nutrition and support. Patients can view the modules with family members or caregivers.

Reduce/mitigate congestion in hallways to ensure quick access for patient beds

Proposal Status: 
  • PROPOSAL TITLE: Reduce/mitigate congestion in hallways to ensure quick access for patient beds
  • ABSTRACT - An updated hospital policy to help ensure routes and pathways are clear for surgical/transport teams when moving patients through the hospital.
  • TEAM - Medical and Engineering/Contractors
  • PROBLEM - Elevators 3 and 4 are currently the only elevators large enough to accomidate a hospital bed with patient and me

UCSF Clean Air Initiative

Proposal Status: 
  • PROPOSAL TITLE:  UCSF Clean Air Initiative
  • ABSTRACT - Form an air quality plan to monitor CO2 and airborne particles, demonstrate quantified improvements in ventilation, meet California standards for air exchanges per hour (ACH) and make standard across UC campuses.  This will: 
    • Improve clinic access 
    • Improve health equity 
    • Reduce hospital-acquired conditions and infections 
    • Reduce staff sickness absences

Sedation Suite for hem/onc procedures (LPs and BMAs) in Oakland

Proposal Status: 
  • PROPOSAL TITLE: Create sedation suite (either in Hem/Onc Treatment Room or PICU) for BCH Oakland
  • PROJECT LEAD(S): not sure if anesthesia, surgical services or oncology should lead
  • ABSTRACT - One paragraph summary of your proposed initiative – Limit 1500 characters (with spaces) Establish a sedation suite where either anesthesia or PICU attending uses Propofol only for light sedation for Oakland hem/onc/BMT patients requiring lumbar puncture or bone marrow aspirate/biopsy.