Patient Care

The first new hospital to be built in San Francisco in 30 years is ready to rise in Mission Bay, bringing UCSF’s state-of-the-art health care to children, women and cancer patients, and enabling an accelerated era of developing new therapies in conjunction with all of the cutting-edge research taking place in the neighborhood.

Groundbreaking for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay took place in October 2010, and the complex is scheduled to open in 2014.

In the meantime, the University has already brought two major clinical services to Mission Bay:

  • Orthopaedic Institute: The institute is a major center for outpatient treatment, research and training for musculoskeletal conditions, injuries and sports medicine. It includes San Francisco’s first Human Performance Center, which specializes in assessment, training and performance improvement for individuals and athletes, and houses a top-tier Orthotic and Prosthetic Center in addition to specialty clinics, outpatient surgery services and a patient education area. The institute is housed in a building adjacent to the campus.
    “The Orthopaedic Institute provides the opportunity for research and patient care to operate in tandem — as both an outpatient center for patients and a hub for translational research,” says Thomas Parker Vail, MD, chair of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease: Led by William Grossman, MD, this world-renowned, research-driven prevention program serves outpatients. A comprehensive team of heart experts works with patients who are at risk for a first or recurring heart problem to develop a thorough, personalized, up-to-date prevention plan that covers medication, diet and lifestyle recommendations. The center is located in the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building.

The crown jewel of clinical care at Mission Bay will be the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a $1.52 billion facility. It will include:

  • a 183-bed children’s hospital with 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

The entire medical center project has been sustainably designed and is targeting LEED gold certification. Energy and water conservation measures, green spaces, and the use of nontoxic materials will be among the most extensive of any urban US hospital.

A $100 million pledge from Marc and Lynne Benioff is supporting the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, which will include San Francisco’s only emergency room designed for children, as well as a helipad that will transport critically ill newborns, children and pregnant women to the Mission Bay complex from remote hospitals for care. 

“It is one of the most important projects we will see in our lifetime,” says UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH.

Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, says the new hospital at Mission Bay will include rooms designed to provide “more space for the patients, the families, the caregivers. This is going to be a much healthier environment for both those receiving care and our clinical teams.”

The thinking surrounding how hospitals are built has changed dramatically since the 1970s, Laret says. Rooms were not designed with a consideration of standards of immunosuppression, and parents were not even allowed to stay with their children. The new hospital will feature private rooms with space for family members to stay, and it will accommodate new electronic medical record systems and larger, new equipment that doesn’t fit in antiquated operating rooms.

Having the hospital’s clinicians working so closely to the researchers at Mission Bay will also support  the University’s growing focus on translational medicine, the effort to move discoveries from the laboratory to the patient bedside.  “There is a synergy to having clinicians and scientists working together,” Laret says.

In unanimously approving UCSF’s plan for the new medical center in September 2010, the UC Regents also paved the way for improvements at the two other main UCSF Medical Center sites at Mount Zion and Parnassus Heights.

And while medical center CEO Laret thinks about the jobs created by the project, he says, “Mostly, I think about the patients who are going to be helped here, and helped at Mount Zion and Parnassus, because we have more space to provide care in the way that we really want to. I think that will be the greatest legacy of the Regents’ decision — what this does for patients and their families.”