Jacobs Medical Center – La Jolla

UC San Diego Health – La Jolla
Jacobs Medical Center

9300 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health is a 245-bed advanced medical center, named in recognition of a $75 million gift from the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family.

The 10-story, 509,500-square-foot facility opened on Nov. 20, 2016. Its medical services include advanced surgery, cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation, clinical trials, birthing options and more. Its striking architectural design is complemented by a 150-piece Healing Arts Collection.

Thornton Pavilion is an inpatient facility that is part of Jacobs Medical Center. It was formerly known as Thornton Hospital.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation (Floor 1)

  • Patients with heart disease or a history of heart attack or heart surgery can get their lives back on track at our Step Family Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.
  • The facility features state-of-the-art exercise and monitoring equipment, exam rooms, and a teaching kitchen and multipurpose room, all designed to enhance our patient's health and lives.
  • Our team develops a customized program that includes exercise, nutrition, counseling, and education to promote heart-healthy living.
  • We offer two patient options: a standard and intensive track. Our intensive track is integrated with Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease®.
kitchen and yoga space

Advanced Surgical Care (Floors 2–3)

  • Dedicated to complex surgical procedures, including MRI-guided gene therapy for brain cancer, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for abdominal cancers, complex spine and joint reconstruction, and delicate microsurgery to restore voice and hearing
  • 10 operating rooms (ORs), including a four-OR intraoperative imaging suite with an MRI machine and mobile CT scanner, designed to support the most advanced brain and spine surgeries. The ORs were designed with input from UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery.
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) with 36 private rooms, each with a private bathroom and foldout bed for family members

Cancer Care (Floors 4–6)

  • Up to 108 private beds for patients with any type of cancer. This nearly doubles UC San Diego Health's ability to provide inpatient care to those receiving treatment at Moores Cancer Center, an outpatient-only facility and the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Sixth floor largely dedicated to the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, jointly sponsored with Sharp HealthCare. A full-floor air-filtration system enables immunocompromised patients to leave their treatment rooms to walk, exercise in a gym, and visit family and friends.

Women and Infants Care (Floors 8–10)

  • Care for every kind of birth, includes eight private labor and delivery rooms, three operating rooms (ORs) for C-section deliveries and three rooms within a midwifery-staffed Birth Center
  • 32 private postpartum rooms, each with a foldout bed for family members
  • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature and critically ill newborns. All 52 NICU rooms are private, to encourage parents to touch and hold infants (if possible) and to reduce the risk of infection.

Building Facts

  • Construction on the 10-story, 509,500-square-foot building began in January 2012 and was completed in 2016
  • Connected on multiple floors to Thornton Pavilion (which is itself connected to Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center) and within walking distance of Shiley Eye Institute and Moores Cancer Center
  • Garden-based design and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural light and promote healing
  • Outdoor areas include courtyards and terraces
  • Dedicated family areas with lounges and kitchenettes on each inpatient floor
  • Two underground floors for mechanical equipment and services, including a blood bank and inpatient pharmacy
  • Rooftop helicopter landing pad
  • Low-carbon footprint equivalent to LEED silver certification
  • A 150-piece therapeutic art collection conceived by philanthropist Joan Jacobs features paintings, photographs and sculptures by renowned artists on every floor and patient room

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  • For media inquiries, please see  Jacobs Medical Center's media page or contact  Jacqueline Carr, jcarr@ucsd.edu or 619-543-6427

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