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Jacobs Medical Center


Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health System is an $859-million, 245-bed medical specialty center, named in recognition of a $75 million gift from the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family.

The 10-story facility is expected to open in 2016. It will further care and innovation in key areas, including:

 Advanced Surgical Care (Floors 2–3)

  • Dedicated to complex surgical procedures, including MRI-guided gene therapy for brain cancer, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for abdominal cancers, complex spine and joint reconstruction, and delicate microsurgery to restore voice and hearing
  • 14 large operating rooms (ORs), including a four-OR intraoperative imaging suite with an MRI machine and mobile CT scanner, designed to support the most advanced brain and spine surgeries. The 650-square-foot ORs (traditional ORs are 400 square feet) were designed with input from UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery.
  • Intensive Care Unit with 36 private rooms, each with a private bathroom and foldout bed for family members

Cancer Care (Floors 4–6)

  • Up to 108 private beds for patients with any type of cancer. This will nearly double UC San Diego Health System's ability to provide inpatient care to those receiving treatment at Moores Cancer Center, an outpatient-only facility and the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
  • Sixth floor largely dedicated to the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, jointly sponsored with Sharp Healthcare. A full-floor air-filtration system enables immunocompromised patients to leave their treatment room to exercise, walk and visit family and friends.

Women and Infants Care (Floors 8–10)

  • Care for every kind of birth, includes eight private labor and delivery rooms, three rooms for C-section deliveries and three rooms within a midwifery-staffed Birth Center
  • 32 private postpartum rooms, each with a foldout bed for family members
  • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the most premature and critically ill newborns. All 52 NICU rooms will be private, to encourage parents to touch and hold infants (if possible) and to reduce the risk of infection.

Building Facts

  • Construction on the 10-story, 509,500-square-foot building began in January 2012, and the building is scheduled to open to patients in 2016
  • Architect: Cannon Design; Builder: Kitchell
  • Total project cost: $859 million (2014 estimate), includes construction of a separate, two-story, 39,306-square-foot Medical Center Central Plant
  • Connected on multiple floors to Thornton Hospital (which is itself connected to Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center) and within walking distance of Shiley Eye Institute and Moores Cancer Center
  • Garden-based design and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural light and promote healing
  • Outdoor areas include courtyards and terraces
  • Dedicated family areas with lounges and kitchenettes on each inpatient floor
  • Two underground floors for mechanical equipment and services, including a blood bank and inpatient pharmacy
  • Rooftop helicopter landing pad
  • Low-carbon footprint equivalent to LEED silver certification

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Contact Us

  • For general media inquiries: Jacqueline Carr, or 619-543-6427
  • For government and community affairs: Aaron Byzak, or 619-543-3873