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Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health is a 245-bed hospital in La Jolla, named in recognition of a $75 million gift from the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family. The 10-story, 509,500-square-foot advanced medical center features leading-edge surgical services, cancer care, clinical trials, birthing options and more. Jacobs Medical Center is designed to enhance the patient experience, with gardens, floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terraces to maximize natural light and promote healing, as well as an exclusive art collection and dedicated family areas. Patients can also access their medical records, read about their care providers, and control their light, climate and entertainment options through a unique iPad system.

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Building Facts

  • Construction on the 10-story, 509,500-square-foot building began in January 2012, and was completed in 2016
  • Architect: Cannon Design; Builder: Kitchell
  • Total project cost: $943 million (2016 estimate), includes construction of a separate, two-story, 39,306-square-foot Medical Center Central Plant
  • 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

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 will nearly double 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 will be private, to encourage parents to touch and hold infants (if possible) and to reduce the risk of infection.

Art Collection

  • 150-piece therapeutic art collection conceived by philanthropist Joan Jacobs features paintings, photographs and sculptures by renowned artists on every floor and patient room
  • Collection complements overall architectural design narrative, emphasizing views of nature, natural light and closeness of family
  • Many of the artists have connections to other institutions in San Diego: Featured artists such as Manny Farber and Kim MacConnel are known locally for their time as faculty at UC San Diego. A public sculpture by Kiki Smith is part of The Stuart Collection, part of UC San Diego’s long-standing commitment to art in public spaces. Jennifer Steinkamp, known for her video installations, has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is part of the collection as well
  • Collection also includes prints by notable artists such as Damien Hirst, Beatriz Milhazes, and Julian Schnabel as well as works by Donald Sultan and Ryan McGinness. There are paintings by California artists Yunhee Min, Whitney Bedford and Eva Struble and work by local photographers such as Philipp Scholz Rittermann and Erik Jepsen

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Jacobs Medical Center Photo Gallery
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Contact Us

For media inquiries:
Please call: 858-249-0456
Or page: 619-290-2688
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For patients:

Please call 858-657-7000