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Mission Bay

To meet growing patient demand, UCSF Medical Center has proposed an ambitious plan to build a new hospital complex at San Francisco's Mission Bay. The new medical center will provide an opportunity to grow programs within three new integrated hospitals — one for cancer patients, another for children and a third for women — while freeing up space for expansion at other UCSF locations.

By 2014, the 289-bed hospital complex will include:

  • A family-centered children's hospital with 183 beds, urgent and emergency care and clinics for pediatric primary care and specialties.
  • A 70-bed adult hospital for cancer patients.
  • A women's hospital for cancer care, specialty surgery, a 36-bed birth center and women's clinics.

In addition, the campus will include an energy center, helipad and support facilities such as parking.

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital face a serious space shortage and need room to grow. The existing hospitals and clinics at Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion and other locations have no space to expand. In addition, they face pending California seismic laws that require outdated facilities to be replaced.

Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center, said, "The construction of a medical center at Mission Bay will allow us to meet growing patient demand for services and strengthen our ability to rapidly translate research findings into new medical advances that directly benefit patients."

The new complex will be located on a 14.5-acre parcel, just south of UCSF's 43-acre life sciences campus at Mission Bay. It will bring together scientists and health care professionals and will help advance the translation of research findings into therapies and cures. For more information about the project, see the March 19 story in UCSF Today.

Need for Support

To realize this vision, UCSF must raise at least $600 million in private donations for the development of the first phase of the medical center at Mission Bay. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost about $1.5 billion. Since state support for these facilities is limited, new hospital construction must be financed through a combination of medical center reserves, debt financing and private support.

UC Regents approved a proposed fundraising campaign, which is being led by volunteer chair Diane "Dede" Wilsey, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Wilsey served as chair of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's capital campaign to rebuild the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, securing more than $200 million in funding from more than 7,000 private donors.

Community support is also vital to the project. Members of the community have been involved in the hospital planning process since 2001. UCSF will continue to host frequent community meetings throughout the upcoming design process.

UCSF has selected architectural firms Anshen + Allen in association with William McDonough + Partners for the design of the Mission Bay medical center. Anshen + Allen is an award-winning, San Francisco-based architectural firm specializing in health care, research and academic facilities. William McDonough + Partners is a leader in sustainable and eco-effective design. The team also includes Rutherford & Chekene and ARUP engineers.

To support the Mission Bay project, visit the UCSF Foundation Web site and make a donation online.

To learn more about how to support the vision of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, please contact the Campaign for UCSF Medical Center at (415) 476-5640 or missionbayhospitals@support.ucsf.edu.

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To learn more about how to support the vision of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, please contact the Campaign for UCSF Medical Center at (415) 476-5640.

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