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 leading edge
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.
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The Art of Healing
Capturing the curative power of creativity
Jacobs Medical Center is designed to aid healing in every
possible space, from operating rooms and recovery
areas to cafeterias and lobbies. Yet a novel approach to
wellness also adorns the walls throughout the 10-story
hospital: an extraordinary collection of paintings,
photographs and sculptures by renowned artists.
“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.