ContributeOpening February 1, 2015

Our Vision

An Ambitious Vision

At UCSF Medical Center we believe tomorrow’s medicine requires an investment in innovation today. That’s why we are building three breakthrough hospitals – children’s, women’s specialty, and cancer – at San Francisco’s Mission Bay. These pacesetting, healing environments will elevate care in our community to a new level of excellence. Located on the same campus as UCSF’s world-renowned research enterprise, they will further encourage the kind of collaboration for which UCSF, consistently one of the nation’s premier hospitals, is known – translating laboratory discoveries into next-generation therapies. Physicians and scientists in the vanguard of cancer medicine and women’s and children’s health will be able to partner in the best solutions for patients. And in hospital rooms, laboratories, and operating rooms – as well as behind the scenes – advanced patient safety protocols, efficient electronic records, and sophisticated technologies from robotics to imaging will make UCSF a model of modern healing.

Mission Bay hospitals will set precedents in more ways than one. Emphasizing comfort and community, they will engage entire families in the healing process, in patient-centric private rooms filled with natural light and surrounded by gardens. Incorporating the highest standards of energy efficiency, seismic safety, and sustainability, Mission Bay hospitals will set new benchmarks for 21st-century health care enterprises. And they will give UCSF, which has outgrown its current hospital facilities at Parnassus Heights and Mount Zion, room to evolve.

The impact of these three new hospitals will be felt beyond UCSF. Already a magnet for biotech enterprises looking to partner with UCSF’s research labs, Mission Bay will continue its transformation into a vital hub of health care, business, and technology – enriching local and regional economies and improving the quality of life for neighbors. And innovations that arise from Mission Bay – breakthroughs in the care of children, women, and people with cancer – will, ultimately, help heal the world.

Expanding our Ability to Heal

Building UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay benefits all of the clinical programs at UCSF Medical Center. The new Mission Bay hospital complex will serve as a third major site providing patient care. UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights will transition into focusing on high-end adult surgical and medical services, including emergency medicine. UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion will become a major outpatient hub, offering advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services.

About UCSF Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top premier hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children’s health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women’s health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.