California Project Addresses Research, Capacity and Earthquakes

The project aims to address a severe bed shortage and create a more modern, seismically sound hospital

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages nationwide, healthcare organizations continue to undertake projects that seek to address future needs of its patients. For one project, managers are trying to address those needs and at the same time balance other high priorities that include capacity and potential earthquakes.

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) recently released more details about its plan to build a hospital and research institute at its Parnassus Heights campus in San Francisco, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The new hospital will replace the existing nearly 70-year-old Moffitt Hospital. It aims to address a severe bed shortage and create a more modern, seismically sound hospital with larger operating rooms.

UCSF said the new hospital will increase inpatient bed capacity by 42 percent and emergency department capacity by nearly 80 percent. 

Other outdated research buildings on the campus also will be replaced. The revised and expanded plan also calls for investing $20 million to improve traffic flow and public transit and doubling its existing housing inventory by adding 1,263 new housing units on and off campus.


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January 11, 2021

Topic Area: Construction

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