UCSF Receives $500M Commitment from Helen Diller Foundation to Begin Planning New Hospital

 In recognition of the extraordinary commitment, the complex has been renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Diller Family’s Commitments to the University Now Stand at More Than $1.15 Billion.  Photo by Noah Berger.

By Pete Farley, UCSF News Center

UC San Francisco has received a $500 million commitment from the Helen Diller Foundation to support the planning, design and construction of a new, world-class hospital at the University’s historic Parnassus Heights campus, ensuring that UCSF can continue to provide premier care to patients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond in the 21st century.

The commitment will allow UCSF to begin the extensive planning process for an architecturally outstanding, energy-efficient, seismically sound, and environmentally sustainable hospital, which is expected to open its doors to patients before 2030.
“This incredible commitment sets the stage for a 21st century hospital that will play a critical role in patient care for San Franciscans and our community, as well as patients from around the nation and the globe who come to UCSF for care, including highly specialized tertiary and quaternary care,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “Most importantly, it will support each patient’s experience at every step, providing a welcoming, patient-centered environment that promotes warmth and respect, upholding the highest standards of hospitality and patient safety, while also incorporating the latest technologies.”
Born and raised in San Francisco, she met her husband, the late Sanford Diller, while both were attending UC Berkeley. Through their philanthropic foundations, the Diller family has supported Jewish causes, education, science and the arts, including Judaic studies programs at both UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz; an international Judaic teen leadership program; education from the K-12 to postgraduate levels; renovation of children’s parks in San Francisco; and San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Legion of Honor Museum.
“The Diller family’s generous and sustained support of education, research, and patient care at UC San Francisco, and their steadfast backing of important programs at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, are a source of strength for the entire UC system,” said Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California. “The Dillers’ loyalty to the University of California will help ensure that this great public university system remains a global leader in science, health care and education for decades to come.”


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