UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Reaches Fundraising Milestone

June 15, 2012
News Office: Karin Rush-Monroe (415) 502-6397

Mission Bay Site at Night

Photo by Mark Citret

The fundraising campaign to build the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay achieved a major milestone this month, surpassing the $400 million mark in philanthropic gifts. This brings the campaign more than two-thirds of the way to its $600 million goal.

Construction of the state-of-the-art hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients is well underway — on schedule and on budget. A model of innovative and sustainable design, the 289-bed medical center will open in early 2015, and be the city's first new hospital in decades.

At present, the installation of the exterior walls and glass is almost complete. Inside the buildings, the sixth floor interior walls now enclose extensive utilities as the progress rapidly moves down each floor of the buildings.

The new medical center will include:

  • the new 183-bed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, providing urgent and emergency care, primary care and specialty outpatient services;
  • a women's hospital offering cancer care, specialty surgery and a 36-bed birth center;
  • a 70-bed adult hospital for cancer patients along with select outpatient cancer services; and
  • an on-site helipad will improve access to lifesaving care for critically ill patients

A "hard hat" view of the latest additions to the structure, including the hospital lobby, terraced rooftop gardens, and a patient room in the children's hospital, is available on youtube.

The Future of Health Care

"Our supporters' outstanding generosity and energy helped us eclipse this crucial benchmark in our fundraising efforts, and we can't begin to thank them enough," said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "The philanthropic community's engagement in the campaign for UCSF Medical Center speaks to the significance of this project."

In addition to the charitable gifts received from individuals and foundations, the hospital project is funded through a combination of debt financing and hospital reserves. Apart from children's hospital bonds, authorized to all children's hospitals in California, none of the project's costs will be paid by state taxpayers.

This financing plan has effectively removed any financial burden from the state and minimized the amount of money coming from California taxpayers, Laret said.

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is the only capital project in the history of the University of California to attract two gifts of $100 million or more. In March 2009, The Atlantic Philanthropies and its founder Charles F. Feeney made a $125 million matching gift, followed by a $100 million private donation from Lynne and Marc Benioff in June 2010 to the since-renamed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

"It's motivating to see the tangible, structural progress of the new hospitals," said Laret. "This medical center is being built for the state, nation and world by visionary philanthropists, and we invite others who share our goal of better, more effective care for all, to join us in these efforts."

The combination of children's, women's and cancer services in the new medical center will foster 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.

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

"The steel structures that have risen from the site are changing the San Francisco skyline and the future of health care, by providing a new home to deliver the most advanced, safe, high-quality care," Laret said.

Supporters of the project talk about why they gave to this cause on the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay website.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

Follow UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital on www.facebook.com/UCSFBenioffChildrens or on Twitter @UCSFHospitals.

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