SAN FRANCISCO—After more than a decade of planning andconstruction, and investments totaling $1.5billion, UCSF Medical Center at MissionBay will open in February on UC San Francisco'sworld-renowned biomedical research campus.

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay comprises UCSFBenioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, UCSFBetty Irene Moore Women's Hospital and UCSFBakar Cancer Hospital. The new facilities include a289-bed hospital complex, with children'semergency and outpatient services that will integrate research andmedical advancements with patient-focused, compassionate care.

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will welcome its firstpatients the morning of Feb. 1, when teams of health careprofessionals and ambulances begin moving some inpatients from theUCSF Parnassus campus and MountZion campus into the new facilities.

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The new medical center, strategically located on UCSF's60.2-acre Mission Bay research campus, willenhance UCSF's ecosystem of innovation by putting physicians inclose proximity to researchers and near biotechnology andpharmaceutical companies in Mission Bay and beyond. The new cancerhospital, for example, will sit near the UCSF Helen Diller FamilyCancer Research Building, where every day leading scientists areseeking causes and cures for cancer.

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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay also will feature the onlyoperating hospital helipad in San Francisco to transport criticallyill babies, children and pregnant women to the medical center fromoutlying hospitals.

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“UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay profoundly advances ourability to fulfill our mission as a public hospital, providinghigh-quality health care that meets the future needs of the entireBay Area,” said Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF MedicalCenter and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. “By embeddingclinical care within our research enterprise at Mission Bay, UCSFphysicians and scientists in the forefront of cancer medicine, andwomen's and children's health will be able to more readilytranslate discoveries into next-generation therapies andcures.”

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Each of the new hospitals' designs reflects significant inputfrom patients and families, as well as clinicians.

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“UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay sets a national benchmarkfor patient- and family-centered health care by offering anunparalleled healing environment that supports and connectspatients and their families during hospital stays,” saidCindy Lima, executive director, UCSF Mission BayHospitals Project. “These new hospitals expand our capacity toprovide the most advanced treatments in buildings that reflectinput from the people who will use them.”

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The hospitals feature state-of-the art technology, including theworld's largest hospital fleet of autonomous robotic couriers whichwill deliver linens, meals and medications. Interactive media wallsin each private room will enable patients to communicate with theirfamilies and clinicians, and an imaging suite specially designed toeliminate anxiety during an MRI offers children the chance tovirtually experience a San Francisco trolley ride, or to play witha cast of animated critters as they boat around the San FranciscoBay.

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Distinctive features of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bayinclude 4.3 acres of green space and 1.2 acres ofrooftop gardens, soothing art- and light-filled interiors and apublic plaza created in partnership with the City of SanFrancisco. In addition, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bayis on target to be the first LEED Gold certified hospital inCalifornia.

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The Integrated Center for Design and Construction broughttogether more than 200 architects, engineers andcontractors working side by side in a command center on theconstruction site. Construction of the hospitals began inDecember 2010.

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“The healing power of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay extendsbeyond the hospitals' walls, as clinicians and researchers workside by side to accelerate medical breakthroughs and transform thedelivery of health care in this country,” said SamHawgood, MBBS, chancellor of UC San Francisco. “It'simportant to note that the hospital complex was built only throughthe generous philanthropic support of the Bay Area community, whoshare our vision of advancing health care across the world. We aregreatly appreciative of their unwavering commitment to our missionover the past decade. ”

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.