Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

New $500M commitment establishes UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are honored to share an important announcement for UCSF: The Helen Diller Foundation has made a $500 million commitment to UCSF to build a new, world-class hospital on our Parnassus Heights campus.

This extraordinary commitment will enable us to begin the extensive planning process for a state-of-the-art, 21st-century hospital that is designed and equipped to provide an unsurpassed level of care for our patients. The Diller family’s generosity also is a testament to the excellence of the clinicians and staff who have made UCSF Medical Center the highest ranked hospital in California and the fifth-best in the country, according to US News & World Report. The new hospital will enable us to relocate inpatient care, currently at Moffitt Hospital, by 2030 and meet the state’s seismic requirements.

In honor of this remarkable commitment, current and future clinical buildings at the Parnassus campus — including the new hospital, Moffitt-Long Hospital and the Crede Ambulatory Care Center — will be renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. You can read more about this commitment and the vision for the new hospital at

UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center will be part of a planned broader revitalization of our flagship Parnassus Heights campus that also will modernize facilities supporting our research and education priorities. As we embark on this once-in-a-generation planning process for the Parnassus campus, we will draw upon input from you — our faculty, staff, students — as well as other stakeholders in our community.

The new commitment from the Helen Diller Foundation contributes to our recently announced $5 billion fundraising campaign and brings total giving to UCSF by foundations established by the family of the late Sanford and Helen Diller to more than $1.15 billion. (Sanford Diller passed away last Friday at age 89.) This pledge places the Bay Area family among just a handful of American philanthropists who have made commitments of $1 billion or more to a single U.S. academic institution.

We are enormously grateful for the Diller family’s commitment. Helen’s legacy and lifetime of service as a philanthropist, advocate, and mentor will live on in the outstanding patient care we deliver at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, and through the countless discoveries and treatments that are fueled by her visionary philanthropy.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health