Fall 2010

Benioffs Give $100 Million to Help Build New Children's Hospital at Mission Bay

patient roomOn June 22, 2010, Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, officially announced that he and his wife, Lynne, would be donating $100 million to the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay.

In doing so, Benioff noted that the children's hospital "has the research base for the next generation of discoveries, a commitment to advancing health worldwide™ and a focus on every child, regardless of resources."

intensive care unitThe Benioffs' gift supports a 183-bed facility that will advance the health of thousands, perhaps millions, of children in multiple ways and for years to come. There will be a continued presence of some of the world's finest clinicians and most advanced medical technologies; but in addition, there will also be a transformative design that enhances healing through connections to nature, a focus on sustainability, and a renewed emphasis on patient and family support.

The new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital design stresses four key standards:

  • Patient experience
    • All rooms maximize natural sunlight and views, while providing individualized lighting and temperature controls.
    • A media wall provides a lifeline to the familiar world outside the hospital by delivering access to a myriad of services, including meal orders, housekeeping requests, games, and connections to work or a classroom via webcam.
  • Safety
    • To decrease falls, bathrooms are just feet away from patient beds, with assisted devices such as handrails lining the path from bedside to bathroom.
    • Natural rubber flooring is comfortable for staff, attenuates noise, and reduces toxicity and maintenance through the elimination of waxing.
    • Ceiling-mounted patient lifts reduce the potential for staff injuries during transfers.
  • Sustainability
    • All patient rooms include materials that are not just durable and recyclable, but also have undergone unprecedented chemical assessment to create an environment that is as toxin-free as possible.

 

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