UC San Francisco gifted $500 million to build environmentally sustainable hospital

The new hospital will comply with seismic codes and be energy efficient, officials say.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

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University of California San Francisco has plans to design and build a new hospital at its Parnassus Heights campus and received an infusion of cash last week when the Helen Diller Foundation pledged $500 million toward the effort.

Currently, UCSF Health patients go to either the Moffit or Long hospital, but the Moffit building has seen better days. It was built in 1955, and in order to comply with seismic codes, it has to be rebuilt by 2030. The donation will help with that, as the new hospital project is expected to cost about $1.5 billion.

The new hospital will also be energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, UCSF said.

With the latest donation, the family of the late Helen Diller has now given more than $1.15 billion to UCSF, joining them in the select ranks of philanthropists who have donated $1 billion or more to a single academic institution.

Because of this, the hospital complex will be named the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, with main building replacing the current Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic. New technology in the hospital will include robotics and virtual reality.

The new facility is part of UCSF Health's Long Range Development Plan, which includes three facilities that opened on the Mission Bay campus in 2015 -- a children's hospital, women's hospital and cancer center.

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