Jacobs Medical Center transforms what was once a community hospital (Thornton Hospital) into a world-class academic medical center reflective of UC San Diego Health’s vision “to create a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures.”

The 10-story, 245-bed hospital functions as three specialty centers in one — housing inpatient services for high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care, cancer care and advanced surgical care. Within its walls, patients have access to emerging stem cell and immunotherapy trials, gene therapy, and medical innovations aimed at treating some of the most complex medical conditions.

Connected to Thornton Hospital and located adjacent to the new Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the building is a translational medical center in the truest sense – embracing a “bench to bedside” model that facilitates the convergence of research, education and clinical care.

Complexity and longevity were central themes driving the project, which was managed in four distinct phases:

  1. Initial site preparation
  2. A 40,000-square-foot central utility plant
  3. Renovation of the existing Thornton Hospital
  4. Addition of Jacobs Medical Center.