DICINE B Y JADE GRIFFIN ’03
Most 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.
“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.”
Jacobs 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
“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.
Generous 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.
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.