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On Mission Bay's 10th Anniversary, Hospital Construction Surges Forward

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay to Open in February 2015

By Kate Vidinsky | | January 23, 2013

On Mission Bay's 10th Anniversary, Hospital Construction Surges Forward

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, shown in this December 2012 photo, continues to take shape across the street from the research campus. Construction of the 289-bed state-of-the-art hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients is moving along swiftly, on schedule and on budget. Photo by Mark Citret.

Ten years after the UCSF Mission Bay campus was established, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay – the key patient-care component of the campus – is only two years away from opening. Construction of the 289-bed state-of-the-art hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients is moving along swiftly, on schedule and on budget.

In December 2012, the full exterior skin of the buildings and on-roof helipad structure was completed, and construction of the actual pad – which will be the only one operating on a San Francisco hospital – will begin next. Electric services have now been connected to the hospitals' green energy center, which will provide power to the 878,000-gross-square-foot complex.

While the buildings may look finished from the outside, inside there is a beehive of activity, with 950 construction workers rapidly finishing the interiors and bringing the medical center to life. Working in waves from the 6th floor – the top of the building – down, patient rooms are now being painted, cabinetry and sinks installed, and bathroom tile laid.

Beyond the bricks and mortar of the buildings, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay aims to set a new standard in patient- and family-centered health care, sustainability, safety and translational medicine. When it opens to patients on Feb. 1, 2015, a dream more than 10 years in the making will be realized for Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, who has devoted himself to building the world-class hospital complex in the rich regional biotech hub of Mission Bay.

At the Forefront of Pioneering Care
"The sheer size and elegance of the new medical center is more spectacular than I ever had envisioned," said Laret. "But even more striking is being able to integrate our hospitals with a world-class research organization that's just across the street. It's the synergy between clinical services and science that will continue to keep UCSF and Mission Bay at the forefront of pioneering health care."

When asked what it feels like to be on the Mission Bay campus today and see how it has flourished, Cindy Lima, executive director of the Mission Bay Hospitals Project, answers simply, "It's astonishing." Lima also has been involved with the project from the very beginning, when Mission Bay was first developed and UCSF was holding its initial series of town hall meetings to jumpstart the planning process.

"I remember when UCSF decided to build its second major campus in a location people referred to as ‘down there by the driving range and dilapidated rail yards,' and now it's a vibrant place where everyone wants to be," Lima said.

The $1.5 billion hospital complex will include a 183-bed children's hospital with urgent/emergency care, primary care and specialty outpatient services; a women's hospital offering cancer care, specialty surgery and a 36-bed birth center; and a 70-bed hospital for adult cancer patients. The combination of children's, women's and cancer services will facilitate a continuity of care for patients, with mothers of at-risk infants delivering immediately adjacent to the neonatal intensive care unit, and adult and pediatric oncologists working side-by-side.

"The new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay enables us to carry out our mission to provide improved health for every infant, child and young adult struggling with illness," said Donna Ferriero, MD, physician-in-chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which already has established itself as an international model of innovation, will incorporate the most advanced approaches to patient comfort, healing and safety, and will offer a full array of visitor amenities. The medical center also will be home to some exciting new clinical programs, including the nation's first fully comprehensive twins center of excellence.

In addition, the integration of the hospital complex with UCSF's 42.5-acre biomedical research campus at Mission Bay will promote interaction between research and clinical care programs, speeding the application of laboratory discoveries to the treatment of patients in the Bay Area and beyond.

"The new UCSF Cancer Hospital at Mission Bay will be close to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, where every day top scientists are seeking causes and cures for cancer," said Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH, director of clinical services and strategic planning at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. "With the groundbreaking new cancer hospital, we will bring together researchers and clinicians to develop new treatments and to bring these new treatments to our patients more rapidly."