The UC Board of Regents on Thursday (March 17) gave UCSF its approval of a plan to build integrated specialty hospitals and an ambulatory care/translational research building at Mission Bay.
The approval clears the way for UCSF to expand upon its already considerable presence at the booming 43-acre Mission Bay biosciences campus, where faculty, staff and students are working in three research buildings surrounded by a campus green. A community center, housing complex and two parking garages -- expected to open this fall -- will complete the first phase of development and signal UCSF's significant success in transforming a once bleak area of the city into a brand new neighborhood.
One key question that remains is whether the next phase of construction of clinical facilities, outlined in the second amendment to the UCSF Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), (pdf file) will be built on the 43-acre campus or just south of it on 14.5 acres yet to be acquired by UCSF.
The Regents also certified the environmental impact report for the projects and adopted the findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. The entire Regents' action item is posted online (pdf). Completing a comprehensive four-year planning process, UCSF leaders recommended last September that the University build, in phases, state-of-the-art technologically advanced facilities at Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights, partly to comply with state-mandated seismic and life-safety standards for hospitals and to overcome functional obsolescence of its aging facilities. Chancellor Mike Bishop approved the plan last year for conveyance to the Regents this year.
The Regents this week approved the campus' recommendations to:
Develop a first-phase integrated specialty hospital for children's, women's and cancer services with a total of about 210 beds at Mission Bay by 2012;
Maintain tertiary and quaternary care with up to 600 beds at Moffitt/Long Hospital at Parnassus Heights, for a total of up to 810 beds during the LRDP phase;
Provide ambulatory care facilities at both Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay; and
Populate both sites with scientists, staff and scholars engaged in basic and translational disease-oriented research programs.
Ultimately, UCSF will operate Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights as major integrated campus sites with patient care, basic and translational research and education. The UCSF campus at Mount Zion will serve as an important ambulatory care hub.
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