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Boosted by a massive new donation, UC San Francisco has unveiled plans to build a world-class hospital on its Parnassus Heights campus, replacing the aging Moffitt Hospital.

On Thursday, the university announced a massive $500 million commitment from the Helen Diller Foundation to support the planning, design and construction of the new hospital, ensuring that UCSF will have an earthquake-resistant structure that can continue to provide top-tier care to patients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The $1.5 billion hospital, which is expected to open its doors to patients before 2030, is the centerpiece of the university’s planned revitalization of its Parnassus Heights campus. It will be built on the site currently occupied by the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics.

“The current hospital was designed 60 years ago,” said Mark Laret, chief executive of UCSF Medical Center. “Air conditioning was not standard. There was no such thing as electronic medical records. Imaging equipment wasn’t there. We’ve done a good job modifying it, but that’s not like having a new hospital.”

An aerial view of UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus. (UCSF)

“This will be the ‘next generation’ of hospital,” he said. “We want to make what is often a difficult circumstance and unwelcome time more healing, more normal.”

The gift was pledged by the family foundation of the late Helen Diller, a San Francisco native and longtime champion of UCSF whose husband, Sanford, founded the real estate development giant Prometheus Real Estate Group, based in San Mateo. The couple met while both were attending UC Berkeley.

The new $500 million gift to UCSF was pledged by the family foundation of the late Helen Diller, a San Francisco native and longtime champion of UCSF whose husband, Sanford, founded the real estate development giant Prometheus Real Estate Group, based in San Mateo. (Courtesy of the Diller family)

It brings total giving to UCSF by the Diller family to a stunning $1.15 billion or more — and places the family among a handful of American philanthropists who have made commitments of $1 billion or more to a single U.S. academic institution.

“My mother believed in science — and she believed in health care,” said her daughter, Jackie Safier, president of the Helen Diller Foundation board, a member of the UCSF Foundation Board of Overseers and president at Prometheus, in a 2017 interview.

“She asked: ‘What type of institution can have the most impact on global health care in the …read more

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UCSF to build new hospital, aided by $500M gift

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