Campus Messages

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

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay - A Historic Moment

Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday, Sunday, February 1, was a very special moment in UCSF’s history. It also was an emotional one, as hundreds of physicians, nurses and other staff helped move 131 patients - many of them extremely ill – by ambulances from our Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses to their new rooms at the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, leaving behind units and spaces where countless stories of lives saved and lives changed were forged over the past several decades.

The emotion was matched by the tremendous planning and logistical effort to move the patients, the first one leaving Parnassus at 7:04 a.m. and the last arriving at Mission Bay at 3:33 p.m. There was great excitement at the new hospitals on the part of the patients and families as well as faculty trainees and staff. Our first baby was born there at 12:11 p.m., a health little boy who entered the world at a little more than seven pounds.

Comprising UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital, and the new outpatient UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building, UCSF Medical Center represents more than ten years of planning and construction. The three hospitals are the first in decades to open in San Francisco.

The vision and construction of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay were driven by the dedication of hundreds of our faculty and staff, as well as more than two hundred architects, engineers and contractors. It also involved the invaluable advice of our community advisors and patient advisory members, who not only shared their stories of the health care received at UCSF, but recommended ways to make that experience more positive for themselves, their children and future patients. Behind the project were city officials, who saw the value of the medical center to the city, the UC Board of Regents, which supported funding, and our generous donors, who enabled us to construct facilities with cutting-edge technology and patient-and family- centered accommodations. A village of determined people came together to create something extraordinary.

Constructed in part due to seismic mandates affecting Moffitt Hospital on Parnassus and UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, the new hospitals also were built to address the Bay Area’s growing population and its needs, to expand critical clinical services on the Parnassus campus, and to transform our Mount Zion campus into a destination for world-class outpatient care.

With the opening of the hospitals, we now have world-class integrated clinical care and research programs on all of our main campuses, the critical factor that has contributed to UCSF’s local, regional and global impact in the health sciences.

We can all share a sense of accomplishment for this significant undertaking. UCSF is strong because of the exceptional work done at each of our locations every day. We thank you for the dedication you bring to your own jobs at UCSF whether from the bedside, laboratory, classroom, desk, or grounds. To see video footage and photographs of the move yesterday, please see

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark Laret
Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals