UC San Diego to build $664M medical center

SAN DIEGO – The University of California, San Diego has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art medical center on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla, Calif.

The new Jacobs Medical Center project is expected to cost $664 million, with about $350 million coming from external financing, $131 million from philanthropy and the remainder from state bonds, reserves and capitalized leases.

The Jacobs Medical Center will be a 10-story, 490,000 square-foot facility adjacent to UC San Diego Health System’s Thornton Hospital. It will be home to approximately 245 patient beds and three new hospitals: the Cancer Hospital, the Hospital for Women and Infants and the Hospital for Advanced Surgery.

With construction commencing by early 2012, the Jacobs Medical Center is slated for completion in June 2016 and will open for patient care in December 2016.

“As a dynamic home for our translational bench-to-bedside research, the Jacobs Medical Center will also serve as an educational space for the next generation of physicians, pharmacists and scientists,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

The medical center will be named for Joan and Irwin Jacobs, San Diego philanthropists who have contributed $75 million to support construction of the facility. Irwin Jacobs is a co-founder of Qualcomm, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 company.

“This extraordinary gift will allow UC San Diego Health System to deliver expanded and much-needed specialty care to patients in San Diego and beyond,” said David A. Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences and Dean of the UCSD School of Medicine. “As the region’s only academic medical center, UC San Diego Health System is known for the synergy between our clinical and research missions.”

Brenner said the Jacobs Medical Center would join a collaborative network at UC San Diego, dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education, which includes the UCSD School of Medicine, the university-based Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and the Institute for Genomic Medicine.