UCSD Breaks Ground on World-Class Cancer Center Facility

Nov. 8, 2002 The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) broke ground today on the new Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, a 270,000-square-foot facility that will unite the Center's clinical, research, education and outreach activities under one roof. In this facility, laboratories and clinics employing 21st century technology will share space with amenities such as the Garden of Hope, a serene outdoor setting designed especially for the comfort of cancer patients.

The facility will be built on 2.4 acres southeast of UCSD Thornton Hospital and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center, near the Shiley Eye Center, on the University's East Campus in La Jolla. It will house outpatient clinical services, research laboratories, clinical trials offices, cancer prevention and community outreach activities, and center administration.

"This facility is designed to provide patients with a single source of integrated clinical care encompassing prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, education, rehabilitation and after-care in one convenient and comfortable location," said Cancer Center Director Tarin. "Patients will benefit also from new ideas being brought from the laboratory to the clinic as a result of the interactions and communication that will take place as clinicians and researchers work side-by-side."

The building is made up of two structures a three-story clinical service and administrative facility, and a five-story research tower that share a common base.

The base, or first floor, is dedicated to patient care with examination and procedure rooms, a chemotherapy suite, imaging, radiation oncology, clinical labs, a pharmacy, education and counseling spaces, and physician offices. The second floor of the clinical services/administration structure will house space for the center's cancer prevention and control activities, an auditorium and administrative offices. Additional space for cancer prevention and control, and clinical trials offices will be located on the third floor.

The research tower will contain the Katzin Research Laboratories. This arm of the facility will house wet-bench research laboratories, laboratory support, and associated office space on floors two through five.

State-of-the-art therapeutic technologies will likewise play a central role in enhancing the experience that patients have at the Center. Radiation oncology, for example, will be equipped with the most advanced imaging instruments for treatment planning so they have the best effect with the fewest side effects.

Similarly, the chemotherapy suite will be configured with patient comfort in mind. The area will be spacious with comfortable seating and views of the garden. Infusion equipment will be integral to chairs and gurneys, so IV poles and monitors will be discreet. Updating of patient charts will take place at the bedside on computer screens