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About the Jacobs Medical Center

Jacobs Medical Center ExteriorUC San Diego Health System is building the future of health care at UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, and literally tearing down the walls separating patients from new ideas, new questions and new cures.

The 10-story, 509,500-square-foot facility, named in recognition of the $75-million gift from the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family, is being built next to – and will be connected on multiple floors with – the existing Thorton Hospital on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla, in the heart of the area’s nexus of biomedical research centers.

The $839-million, 245-bed advanced medical center will support primary and specialty medicine at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Shiley Eye Institute and aim to catalyze “bench-to-bedside” discoveries. The medical staff of the UC San Diego Health System will also be able to expand partnerships with physician groups and community clinics, while offering services to those newly insured through Covered California.

Construction for the visionary Jacobs Medical Center began in 2012. Its completion in 2016 will position the UC San Diego Health System to become a national referral center for highly specialized, multi-disciplinary advanced medical care requiring hospital stays, including high-risk obstetrics, complex cancer treatments and bone marrow transplants.

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