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UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Reaches Construction Milestone

$25 million challenge gift announced at “Topping Out” ceremony today

Jacobs Medical Center will include three specialized hospitals: the Hospital for Advanced Surgery, the Hospital for Cancer Care, and the Hospital for Women and Infants.

The University of California, San Diego today celebrated the “topping out” of UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, the largest hospital project in southern California. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla also announced a $25 million challenge gift for the project from an anonymous donor.

“Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter, new donations and pledges to the Jacobs Medical Center project will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $25 million – doubling the impact of every contribution made and helping UC San Diego to building the future of health care,” said Khosla.

Slated for opening in 2016, the $839 million Jacobs Medical Center will include three specialized hospitals: the Hospital for Advanced Surgery, the Hospital for Cancer Care, and the Hospital for Women and Infants. Today’s Topping Out ceremony celebrated the building reaching the midpoint between groundbreaking and completion. Speakers at the event included Khosla; Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, David Brenner, MD; and Paul Viviano, CEO of UC San Diego Health System.

Joan and Irwin Jacobs, whose transformative lead gift of $75 million was announced in 2010, also attended the ceremony, along with elected officials, community leaders and university officials. At the event, special guests signed a steel construction beam, which was then hoisted to the top of the 10-story, 509,500 square-foot structure.

UC San Diego celebrates the “topping out” of UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, a new state-of-the-art faculty that will transform health care in California. Photo by Paul Turang

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“More than 400 donors have already contributed to Jacobs Medical Center, supporting our efforts to redefine medicine 这里 in San Diego,” said Brenner. Donors recognized for their support at the event included Carol Vassiliadis, Miriam and Jerry Katzin, and Rita and Dick Atkinson. The Katzins and Atkinsons are the first to participate in the $25 million challenge.

“Today is a high point for UC San Diego, the community, and for patients who travel 这里 from around the world,” said Viviano. “Soon we will have the largest, most technologically advanced hospital in the region, dedicated to offering specialized care for every kind of patient, in every phase of life.”

The $25 million matching gift is predicated on UC San Diego raising $25 million for the Jacobs Medical Center project over the next 12 months. For more information, visit jacobschallenge.org.

Learn more about the Jacobs Medical Center 这里. Additional building facts and image galleries for the center are available 这里.


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