Mt. Zion Medical Service

Diane Sliwka
Diane Sliwka, MD
Medical Director of
Mt. Zion Medical Service

Mt. Zion Hospital opened its doors in 1897, and served as an integral community hospital to San Francisco’s underserved population for almost a century. Today, the UCSF Mt. Zion medical service continues this tradition, caring for an incredibly diverse and complex group of patients. Hospitalists support all aspects of clinical care at Mt. Zion, including leading initiatives in patient safety and quality improvement, medical and palliative care consultation for surgical and oncologic patients, active participation in the code blue team and leadership of the rapid response team.

Patients admitted to the Mt. Zion Medical Service encompass a wide variety of clinical conditions including:

  • Direct admissions from general and specialty clinics located at the Mt. Zion campus, including those from General Internal Medicine Clinics, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.
  • Transfers from all medical and surgical services at Moffitt-Long and Mt. Zion who no longer require tertiary care but continue to require acute care services provided at Mt. Zion
  • Patients with complex and complicated chronic disorders, including those with complications stemming from prescription and illicit drug abuse and those with chronic pain exacerbations
  • Lower acuity admissions from the Emergency Department at Moffitt-Long who require acute hospitalization

The Mt. Zion medical service prides itself on its comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and patient centered care we deliver to our patients. We do this working as geographically based multidisciplinary team, partnering closely with nursing, social work, case management, pharmacy, and rehabilitation services to provide outstanding inpatient care and discharge planning.

In addition, Mt. Zion's unit-based design and dedicated faculty and staff, make it an ideal place for IT, QI, and safety initiatives. These include:

  • Refining the discharge process: Project BOOST is an initiative of the Society of Hospital Medicine to reduce unnecessary medical readmissions through improved transitions of care, patient and caregiver education, and close follow up through post discharge phone calls and a patient care hotline.
  • Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit: Staff, nurses, and physicians trained specifically to treat and manage the unique challenges associated with caring for elderly patients.
  • Building community partnership with Haight Ashbury Walden House to develop inpatient chronic pain, drug abuse education, and counseling. We had also developed a behavioral consult service focusing on improving communication and safety of care provided to challenging patient populations.

Questions about the Mt. Zion Medical Service can be directed to Diane Sliwka at dsliwka@medicine.ucsf.edu.