UC Regents approve fundraising campaign for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

By Carol Hyman

The University of California Board of Regents today approved a proposed campaign to raise at least $500 million toward the development of the first phase of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

UCSF is planning to build a 289-bed, integrated medical center to serve children, women and cancer patients on a 14.5-acre parcel, which is south of UCSF’s existing 43-acre life sciences campus at Mission Bay. Upon completion of the first phase in 2014, the 865,000-plus-gross-square-foot hospital complex will include:

* A 183-bed children’s hospital and pediatric primary and specialty ambulatory care facilities
* A 36-bed women’s hospital and limited women’s ambulatory services
* A 70-bed cancer hospital
* A central utility plant, underground tunnel, bridge, helipad and parking

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will provide a world-class, sophisticated, efficient, flexible and family-centered healing environment. The technologically advanced facilities will provide comprehensive diagnostic, interventional and support services, and use advanced robotic and imaging technology during surgery.

“It’s a momentous time for UCSF,” said Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center. “We are embarking on a bold plan to build a state-of-the-art hospital complex at Mission Bay. By locating the medical center at Mission Bay, with its fertile research environment, UCSF will be able to bring together the best scientists and clinicians to accelerate the pace of discovery into new medical advances that directly benefit patients.”

The first phase of the Mission Bay hospital project is estimated to cost about $1.3 billion. State support for these facilities is expected to be limited; therefore, any new hospital construction must be financed through a combination of medical center reserves, debt financing and private support.

The campus has received significant early indication of private support for the project. The fundraising campaign is being conducted jointly by the University and UCSF Foundation, under the leadership of Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce Spaulding and Associate Vice Chancellor James Asp.

Diane “Dede” B. Wilsey, a civic leader and philanthropist, is the voluntary chair of the fundraising campaign. Wilsey is joined by the following volunteers on the campaign planning project:

* Barbara Bass Bakar, former president and CEO of Emporium/Weinstock’s and former chair and CEO of I. Magnin, San Francisco
* Ronald Conway, founder and general partner of Angel Investors LP, a privately held venture capital firm
* William H. Davidow, founding partner of Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm
* Robert Lesko, executive director of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley
* Carmen Policy, president and CEO of the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns from 1998 to 2004 and former president and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers
* Richard M. Rosenberg, retired chair and CEO of the Bank of America Corporation and Bank of America NT&SA

The plan to build new facilities at Mission Bay allows UCSF to increase inpatient and outpatient capacity to meet growing patient demand, address old and outdated facilities, and comply with state-mandated earthquake safety standards for hospitals.  The new medical center is a key element of UCSF’s long-term vision to advance its education, research and patient care missions.

UCSF selected Anshen + Allen in association with William McDonough + Partners for the design of the Mission Bay hospital complex. Anshen + Allen is an award-winning San Francisco-based architectural firm specializing in health care, research and academic facilities. William McDonough + Partners is a leader in design for sustainability and eco-effective design. The team also includes Rutherford & Chekene and ARUP engineers.

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital are recognized throughout the world as leaders in health care, and are known for innovative medicine, advanced technology and compassionate care. For almost a century, UCSF Medical Center has offered unparalleled medical treatment. Expertise covers virtually all conditions, including cancer, heart disease, infertility, neurological disorders, organ transplantation and orthopedics, as well as specialty services for women and children.

UCSF is a leading university that advances health worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, and providing complex patient care.