SAN DIEGO, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UC San Diego Health will open Jacobs Medical Center, a 245-bed medical and surgical specialty hospital, on November 20, 2016. Named in recognition of $100 million in gifts from Joan and Irwin Jacobs, the 10-story facility combines renowned physician-scientists and care teams, precision medicine, clinical trials and creative arts and culinary offerings to provide an extraordinary healing experience for patients and families.
"Jacobs Medical Center represents a tremendous investment in the future and will transform health care for our region," said Pradeep K. Khosla, chancellor of UC San Diego. "We express our profound gratitude to Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and to all donors, for making this hospital a reality. Their generous gifts have created a new world-class hospital for the San Diego region. Jacobs Medical Center will serve patients locally, nationally and globally." Designed by CannonDesign, and built by Kitchell, the $943 million, 509,500-square-foot facility represents the seamless integration of advanced imaging and surgical technologies with comforting environmental elements to speed healing. As the region's only academic health system, patients will have access to leading experts, novel therapies, surgeries and treatment trials only available at UC San Diego Health. "This hospital honors the vision of UC San Diego's founders, who saw a need to integrate groundbreaking research and discovery with outstanding patient care," said David Brenner, MD, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. "At Jacobs Medical Center, patients can experience the unique benefits of an academic health system, where physicians, researchers and nurses work side-by-side to deliver the finest in modern medicine within a best-in-class patient care environment." "When we came here in 1966, the medical school was just starting, and there was no hospital," said Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, former chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. and a UC San Diego founding faculty member. "Today, it's very exciting to see Jacobs Medical Center open. More and more, we're learning how to bring results from basic research in biology and engineering to medicine, and to the patient. This medical center is going to show how effective that kind of integrated care can be. Innovations will spread out from San Diego, and go all around the world." Inside Jacobs Medical CenterThere are three specialty centers within Jacobs Medical Center: the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants, the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care and the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery. These pavilions will treat everything from single and multiple births to the most complex malignancies and chronic diseases. "This year celebrates our 50 th anniversary of patient care," said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health. "Jacobs Medical Center is a symbol of our continued commitment to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and their loved ones. Patients will have access to world-class care here in San Diego." Maysent said patients at Jacobs Medical Center will have access to emerging stem cell and immunotherapy trials through Moores Cancer Center, the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. They will also have access to nearly 100 cancer subspecialists, plus dedicated support teams, such as respiratory therapists and pain management experts.