UCSF to Develop 875,000 SQFT Hospital at Parnassus Heights Campus 

University of California San Francisco, Helen Diller Medical Center, Parnassus Heights, San Francisco, Herzog & de Meuron, Moffitt Hospital, Long Hospital

By Catherine Sweeney 

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) will soon begin work on an 875,000 square-foot hospital at its Parnassus Heights campus, after it was recently approved by the University of California Board of Regents. Set to open by 2030, the hospital building will significantly increase patient intake at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center. 

“When it opens in 2030, the new hospital will incorporate the latest innovations in technology, including advanced diagnostics and robotics, to drive new therapies and treatments that are backed by UCSF’s scientific research,” UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood said in a statement. “The new hospital has been designed with the patient at the center, with rooms designed for privacy and safety and communal spaces that connect to nature and promote health and wellness.”

The $4.3 billion project is being designed by Herzog & de Muron and will include a new 15-story hospital building as well as the 114,000 square-foot renovation of the existing Moffitt and Long Hospitals. 

The project would increase patient intake at the medical campus from 499 beds to 682 beds. It will also add 71 emergency department bays and up to seven ambulance bays. Overall, the emergency department will expand by 65 percent.

According to the University, the new hospital will help to address a larger need for medical care in the area, with the Parnassus Heights Campus serving as San Francisco’s only academic medical center. Already, the university has seen significant crowding over the past several years. In the past year alone, 3,839 patients were unable to transfer to the medical center from other nearbt facilities that could not meed their care needs. 

In addition to the new development, the university anticipates the new hospital will create about 1,400 new healthcare-related jobs. The nearly ten-year construction project will also likely create approximately 1,050 to 1,200 new jobs. 

With a planned open date for 2030, the university anticiaptes construction on the new hospital to begin in 2023.

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