Mission & Philosophy
The Mission, Vision and Values of UCSF Health convey the reasons we exist as an organization, what we aspire to as an organization and the way we will work to get there.


Our mission — the reason we exist — is Caring, Healing, Teaching and Discovering.


Our vision — what we want to be — is to be the best provider of health care services, the best place to work and the best environment for teaching and research.


Our values define us – how we work, learn, interact, and fulfill our mission.

UCSF PRIDE values are the cornerstone for everything we do and unite our faculty, students, researchers, caregivers, and staff in building a culture of collaboration that inspires us be our best today and in the future. In his 2016 State of the University Address, Chancellor Sam Hawgood announced that UCSF is embracing a common set of values to set a clear direction for all members of the UCSF community as we work together to fulfill our mission. This set of overarching values aligns with UCSF’s Principles of Community and Code of Ethics.

PRIDE values are:

P - Professionalism: To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners.

R - Respect: To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous and kind, acting with utmost consideration of others.

  I - Integrity: To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere.

D - Diversity: To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential.

E - Excellence: To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do.

Share PRIDE Values

Watch the Oct. 4, 2016 State of the University Address in which Chancellor Sam Hawgood announces that UC San Francisco is embracing the PRIDE Values to set a clear direction for all members of the UCSF community as we work together to fulfill our mission.


We, the professional nurses at UCSF Health are committed to:

  • Compassionate care and advocacy for all patients, families and the community.
  • Excellence in nursing care delivery that is grounded in a holistic approach to the patient and family, acknowledging that their individual responses are influenced by culture, religion, ethnicity and lifestyle.
  • Taking responsibility for assessing, developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based multidisciplinary care, incorporating patient and family values and preferences.
  • Integrating ethics with interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills in providing evidence-based comprehensive care to patients.
  • Supporting a culture of caring and nurturing one another by maintaining an environment of unconditional mutual respect.