Jacobs Medical Center

A soft red glow emanates from the floor-to-ceiling windows as the sun makes its arc towards the sea. Joseph Cussen basks in the diffused light that slowly turns to night, then picks up the Apple iPad that sits at his bedside. With a swipe and tap of the device, he adjusts the lights and temperature and lowers the shades before settling in for the evening.

In November 2016, Cussen became one of the first patients to stay at the newly opened Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health. During his leukemia treatment, he was able to access lab results and other charts to keep track of his progress via smart technology in his room. Designed with the patient in mind, Jacobs Medical Center is equipped with 245 private rooms that feature dynamic communication devices, such as the ability to pre-view upcoming tests and procedures, as well as tools to customize entertainment and environment.

The 10-story facility—the largest and most technologically advanced hospital in the region—offers specialized care for every kind of patient, in every phase of life. It is where the local community and people from around the world can find renowned physician-scientists and medical teams; access novel treatments and therapies; and regain wellness within a unique space distinctively designed to promote healing.

The medical center represents UC San Diego’s dedication to enriching human life and society. The visionary facility first began to be realized when Irwin and Joan Jacobs pledged $75 million in 2010, the largest gift that had been made to UC San Diego Health. This lead gift truly changed everything. The generous contribution was augmented by another $25 million gift by the Jacobs in 2013. More than 1,000 donors helped fund the construction of the new medical center, including substantial naming gifts from local philanthropists Ernest and Evelyn Rady, Carol Vassiliadis and Pauline Foster.

Jacobs Medical Center joins a constellation of translational bench-to-bedside research facilities that make up UC San Diego Health, including Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Shiley Eye Center, Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute and UC San Diego Medical Center. The new hospital encompasses three clinical care units focused on women and infants, advanced surgery and cancer care. As the only academic health system of the region, patients have direct access to pioneering medical advances and techniques, from newborn intensive care to MRI-guided gene therapy for brain cancer and robotic surgery.

Not only distinctive for leading the next level of care, Jacobs Medical Center stands out as a place that promotes healing through soothing architecture, inspiring art and gourmet meals made to order. Each floor integrates local landscapes—the ocean, canyons and sky—while peaceful terraced gardens provide patients with fresh air and sunshine. And more than 150 pieces of art adorn the walls and rooms of the hospital, from paintings to photography and sculpture. The therapeutic arts collection was initiated by Joan Jacobs to create an uplifting environment that would promote wellness.