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Jacobs Medical Center opens its doors.

A premature newborn struggles to survive his first week of life. A young woman with a rare brain tumor fights to reach 30 years of age. A father in need of specialized surgery hopes he will see his son graduate from high school.

29925877931_14c458bf86_kMost likely you’ve known someone like one of these individuals—perhaps a friend, child, partner, spouse or parent, or maybe even yourself—someone who has waged a battle older than any of us: the fight against disease and sickness.

But soon, each and every San Diegan will be uniquely armed to overcome many serious health issues, thanks to the all-new Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health.

The largest hospital project in Southern California to date,
Jacobs Medical Center will position UC San Diego Health as one of the country’s premier academic medical centers and a national referral center for complex, multidisciplinary care.

The visionary project is made possible by the remarkable generosity of one of UC San Diego’s founding professors, Irwin Jacobs, along with his wife, Joan, who have together given a total of $100 million toward construction of the 10-story, 245-bed facility.

30063451212_d07dd06388_k“When we came here in 1966, the medical school was just starting,” said Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, former chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, who also served as a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1966 to 1972. “There was no hospital, just a school. So it’s very exciting to make Jacobs Medical Center possible.

“When we heard what could be accomplished here—for this city, the campus, the nation and the world—and how we could attract the very best doctors who would come to UC San Diego to train new physicians, we thought this project would be very important to support,” he continued. “The innovations will spread out from San Diego, and go all around the world.”

29381239984_0e1c17ee5c_kJacobs Medical Center, which opened its doors to patients in late 2016, is poised to revolutionize health care locally and around the globe. In collaboration with UC San Diego’s many research centers and clinics, Jacobs Medical Center will empower UC San Diego faculty and physician-scientists across campus to more rapidly translate biological and engineering discoveries into treatments, bringing research breakthroughs from the laboratory bench to a patient’s bedside.

“Jacobs Medical Center is unlike any other health facility in San Diego,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “As the newest addition to the region’s only academic health system, the center will offer much-needed innovations and advancements that are currently not provided in our region. With Jacobs Medical Center, UC San Diego is creating a healthier world, one life at a time.”

Every space within the facility has been designed to give patients and families the best possible experience. The hospital features a garden-based design with a low carbon footprint equivalent to LEED Silver certification. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of the region and maximize natural light to promote healing. Outdoor areas include courtyards and terraces, and the walls are adorned with soothing art.

29382209693_b1a72ee971_kGenerous gifts from UC San Diego’s loyal supporters enable Jacobs Medical Center to focus on three distinct medical specialty areas: advanced surgical care, cancer care, and obstetric and infant care. These generous campus partners are not alone in their support of the project—more than 1,000 donors, including alumni, friends and corporations, have given more than $142 million, making Jacobs Medical Center the largest fundraising success in UC San Diego Health’s 50-year history.

Vassiliadis Pavilion for Advanced Surgery

Inside the 509,500-square-foot medical center is the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery with 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms. Designed with input from UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery, the facility will allow surgeons to perform some of the most complex surgical procedures available, from intricate brain tumor surgery to spine reconstruction.

Four of these operating rooms will share a dedicated MRI machine and CT scanner that can be brought right to the operating table for real-time imaging of soft-tissue and bone before, during and after a procedure. The imaging equipment will be fully integrated with sophisticated surgical navigation and 3-D surgical modeling systems, enabling the highest level of planning and precision. In addition, an elaborate video system will allow physicians-in-training to learn from the best in their field.

“Thanks to Carol Vassiliadis’ generosity, Jacobs Medical Center will be among the most technologically advanced surgical facilities in the nation, and ensure that the doctors of tomorrow are trained with the most state-of-the-art technology and methods,” said Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

The advanced surgical care area also includes three Intensive Care Units with 36 private rooms and decentralized nursing stations situated just outside patient rooms to give patients and families privacy, while ensuring that clinical staff is nearby.

The Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care

Jacobs Medical Center will be a vital resource for those fighting cancer, thanks to a generous charitable contribution made by the late Pauline Foster in honor of her husband and brother, both of whom lost their lives to the disease.

The new Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care will nearly double UC San Diego Health’s capacity for inpatient cancer care and offer the perfect complement to Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

“Patients will have access to targeted cancer therapies,” says Brenner. “For the first time, patients with cancer will receive an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.”

The sixth floor, home to the UC San Diego Health and Sharp HealthCare joint Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, illustrates how every aspect of the medical center has been designed with the patient in mind. Treatments for illnesses like leukemia can leave patients immunosuppressed and susceptible to disease for weeks, or longer. For many, this means time spent in a hospital room, largely isolated, with little ability to move or maintain any sense of home.

The BMT unit has a specially designed full-floor aseptic air filtration system that gives immunocompromised patients freedom of movement to leave their room. With the threat of illness largely mitigated, patients will be able to utilize a kitchen, workout room and social spaces on the floor to maintain a sense of connection that contributes to the healing process.

The Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants

UC San Diego Health has always provided outstanding obstetric and infant care. Now, thanks to the philanthropic generosity of Evelyn and Ernest Rady, that tradition will be strengthened and enhanced to provide the very best care for San Diego’s newest families and tiniest patients within the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants.

“Jacobs Medical Center will allow us to offer women more choices in an advanced specialty care center, designed with the mother and infant in mind,” said Charles Nager, MD, chair of the Department of Reproductive Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Featuring labor and delivery rooms, cesarean section delivery rooms and a birth center staffed by midwives, women and infant services at Jacobs Medical Center will offer new mothers more options to have the kind of birthing experience they want, complete with expansive views of the region and a gourmet inpatient meal service. There is also a playroom for young children visiting new siblings.

And to meet the unique needs of our tiniest patients, the center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will feature 52 private rooms. The center is specifically designed to ensure that premature and full-term infants with urgent medical needs receive the best possible care and the most advanced technology when it is needed most.

“Physicians and researchers at UC San Diego have collaborated to create and advance technologies to benefit our patients,” said Nager. “One example is epidermal electronics—wearable electronics that can be placed on an infant noninvasively to monitor anything from brain waves to skin perfusion.”

Healing for Generations to Come

Jacobs Medical Center will benefit countless patients—from the very youngest to those in need of the most specialized surgery and cancer care. The Center will help bring the most leadingedge technological developments in engineering and the biological sciences to our patients’ bedsides.

Yet, the impact doesn’t just stop there. As the region’s only academic health system, Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health will provide an advanced training ground to educate the next generation of doctors and care providers to ensure that our children—and their children—will continue to benefit from the best and most advanced care possible.

The Art of Healing

Big Yellow Poppies, by Donald Sultan (2016) is featured on an exterior walkway at Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health.
Selections from The Souls III, by Damian Hirst (2015) is a set of four foil block prints featured in the Advanced Surgical Care area on floor 3 of Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health.
Selections from The Souls III, by Damian Hirst (2015) is a set of four foil block prints featured in the Advanced Surgical Care area on floor 3 of Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health.

“Research shows art has the ability to heal and de-stress,” said Joan Jacobs, arts advocate and philanthropist who, with her husband Irwin, donated more than $100 million to establish Jacobs Medical Center. “What we hope to create with the artwork is an uplifting environment inside the medical center that fosters warmth, comfort and inspiration. The goal is to increase feelings of well-being while promoting healing,” said Jacobs.

The therapeutic arts collection was conceived by Jacobs and includes more than 150 individual pieces carefully curated with the help of Kathryn Kanjo, the David C. Copley Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

“The art has a memorable visual personality, which will help people orient themselves to a place as they move from floor to floor,” said Kanjo. “Visitors will recognize works, whether for their imagery or even their color, providing a sense of comfort as they navigate the hospital and understand where they are located.”

In patient rooms, photographs present the beauty of San Diego—from its canyons and mesas, ocean and sky to its iconic features and structures. Patients and families will recognize local views and panoramas encompassing distinctive sites such as La Jolla Shores, Balboa Park and, of course, UC San Diego.

Artistic Function

One of Jacobs Medical Center’s most innovative works of art may be its least noticeable—the unique headwall in every patient room is a testament to using design thinking to craft a highly functional and healing space.

jacobs-headwallWhere typical hospital beds are often surrounded by instruments and tangles of wires, the facility’s architect, Cannon Design, endeavored to conceal all technology in a functional yet aesthetically soothing canopy that contributes to the overall healing environment.

The result? An award-winning design that fits more than a hundred feet of data cables, electrical wires, oxygen lines and other equipment into a gentle curve overhead every patient. The canopy’s nonporous, seamless surface also meets stringent standards for pathogen resistance.

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