On Sunday, November 20, 2016, UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center (JMC) in La Jolla, California welcomed 124 patients to their new facility. The 245-bed medical and surgical specialty hospital provides leading-edge surgical services, cancer care, clinical trials, birthing options and more. It was named in recognition of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family for their generous $75M gift.

JMC brings several medical firsts to the San Diego region, including the ability to perform MRIs during brain surgeries, and an entire floor pressurized to protect patients with weakened immune systems. The 10-story hospital is comprised of three specialty centers: the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants, the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care, and the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery.

Patient move began at 7:00 a.m., and concluded at approximately 8:30 p.m. Patients from two other UC San Diego facilities, Thornton and Hillcrest Hospitals, were carefully and efficiently moved to their new beds at JMC. What proved to be the highlight of the 13-hour event was moving 35 NICU babies from Hillcrest Hospital. HTS Project Specialist Nathalie Monsler, RN, worked on several patient move tracks, and supported both hospital staff and fellow HTS team members. She observed, “there was great collaboration between both teams at Jacobs Medical Center and Hillcrest Hospital. Jacobs Medical Center is a great addition to La Jolla.”

Over the last four-and-a-half years, HTS has worked with UC San Diego Health leadership to support the transition efforts at Jacobs Medical Center. HTS Project Manager Ali Broders attests that “the amount of hard work and dedication to achieve this milestone day cannot be underestimated. Staff at UC San Diego Health has worked tirelessly for years to plan every aspect of the patient move and ongoing operations at Jacobs Medical Center.” HTS is proud to have been a part of the Jacobs Medical Center project, and congratulations the hospital leadership and team for a job well-done!