Our Health California

Several Firsts for Ella Mae Ferneil

Ella Mae Ferneil’s background is filled with many “firsts” — first African American registered nurse, public health nurse, visiting nurse, and school nurse in the state of California. Children’s Hospital Oakland is proud to honor this remarkable and determined woman.

A Safe, Welcoming Space for Behavioral Health Patients

Gone are the dreary psychiatric facilities with sterile interiors and small windows. With large windows and white-oak floors, the new home of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences aims to promote transparency and normalize mental health care.