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Meeting the Health Needs of Tomorrow
Drawing on UCSF’s proud history of serving San Francisco for more than a century, the future hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights will increase our capacity to provide world-class patient care to those who seek it.
The New Hospital
Lead designer Herzog & de Meuron and architect of record HDR have designed the new hospital to address the social, psychological, spiritual and behavioral components of health by putting them together in one place. Integrating seamlessly into its surroundings, the new hospital will bring nature, human-centered design and innovative medical care into one healing habitat.
The new hospital is the centerpiece of a revitalized Parnassus Heights campus. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
Iconic design from internationally-acclaimed architects and designers. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
The new campus will foster connectivity and collaboration between research, education and care. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
Thoughtful integration with the neighborhood includes an inviting approach from Parnassus Avenue. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
The sixth-floor terrace will offer dining, views of the city and public access to open space. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
New publicly accessible trails will connect Golden Gate Park to Parnassus Heights and Mount Sutro. Image by Herzog & de Meuron
A Hospital for the Future
The new hospital will be architecturally outstanding, energy-efficient, seismically sound and environmentally sustainable. To help make this vision a reality, UCSF has selected internationally renowned designer Herzog & de Meuron and architect HDR.
The facility will offer:
Advanced integrated technologies that create opportunities for personalized services—wayfinding, entertainment, information—and allow patients to take control of their own health and wellness.
Panoramic views, sunlight, and natural surroundings, and a supportive workplace with optimal resources for clinicians and staff in surroundings that promote their physical and emotional health.
A holistic healing experience that begins before check-in and extends throughout the stay, discharge sequence, and continued recovery. It will be a place that transforms patients, their families, and support systems into active participants in their healing process.
Privacy and Community
Rooms designed for privacy and infection control, and calming communal spaces that foster stronger, supportive relationships between providers, patients and families.
Increased Capacity to Meet Demand
The new hospital will help us serve the needs of patients – from the Bay Area and beyond. With a target completion of 2030, final distribution of beds is still in planning, but the additional space will allow us to better serve more patients.
682 Total Beds, 336 New Beds
71 Emergency Department Bays
Strong Academic Medicine
What distinguishes UCSF at Parnassus Heights is the connection between a leading academic medical center with world-renowned research that provides a fertile training ground for clinicians and scientists. Our academic-backed care in neurosurgery, neurology, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, diabetes, cancer and nephrology is considered among the best in the country . For more than the last 20 years, UCSF Medical Center has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
State-of-the-Art Facilities for State-of-the-Art Care
The science of health care has advanced dramatically over the decades, and today’s cutting-edge research and care delivery require specialized facilities. The researchers, care providers, faculty and learners at UCSF Parnassus Heights have made numerous innovative contributions to medicine over the years, but the limitations of our current infrastructure threaten to limit progress.
Many of the campus’ buildings need to be updated. UCSF Moffitt Hospital was constructed in 1955; it will be seismically retrofit by 2030 to meet California’s seismic standards to allow for some inpatient care. To further address the physical spaces requirements of 21st-century health care and help meet capacity needs, a new, state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights will be built on the site currently occupied by the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. The new hospital has already received generous support from donors and is targeted to open in 2030.
Keeping Pace with the Needs of Patients
In 1976, the University of California Board of Regents implemented a square footage ceiling for future development on the Parnassus Heights campus. Today, the space required for the increasing complex care capacity needs of San Francisco and the Bay Area, together with research and laboratory space co-located with UCSF’s adult care hospital, is constrained by limitations set almost half a century ago.
Nearly 3,000 patients this year will be turned away from the hospital at Parnassus Heights because our current facility is often at capacity — a challenge that will likely increase with the Bay Area’s projected growing and aging population. On a daily basis, space issues require more than five patients, on average, to spend the night in the Emergency Department while they wait for a hospital bed. And about four times a week, the hospital goes on “high capacity alert” because there are too many patients in the Emergency Department, not enough critical care beds, or not enough acute care beds.
Nina Shah, MD, hematologist, meets with patient Wallace George at the Hematology and Blood Marrow and Transplant Clinic at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus.
In order to fulfill our public mission as the only health-focused academic medical center and campus within the University of California system, the UC Regents approved an amendment to the square footage ceiling, while staying within our current physical footprint.
Whenever San Francisco Needs Us
The new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights will enable us to serve the growing health care needs of San Francisco and beyond for decades to come. Here are some of its many features:
Bench to Bedside
The new hospital creates a physical space to realize “bench to bedside”— the process of translating laboratory discovery into patient care, a concept that distinguishes UCSF by having clinical and research care side-by-side at the same campus location.
Link clinical researchers and scientists who are pioneering important fields, such as immunotherapy and stem cells, to accelerate discoveries into treatments for conditions ranging from diabetes to neurological diseases to organ failure.
Emergency and Specialty Care