By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
March 7, 2017 (La Jolla) - Apps for walking art tours, iPads for patients, an “awake” brain surgery room, and more. These are just a few of the offerings to patients of the new U.C.S.D. Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla opened in November.
The 245-bed hospital offered tours to the public on March 6th and the San Diego Organization of Health Leaders, or SOHL, and others took part in the tour that started in the lobby of the 10-story, 509,500 sq. ft. building.
While most think of a hotel room as being a “room with a view”, the views from this hospital’s rooms are equally panoramic with its’ floor to ceiling glass windows challenge.
The serenity room not only offers a relaxed setting to offer moments for serenity; it can and has been the site of hospital weddings.
Different floors house the women and infants section, a blood and marrow floor with full unit air filtration, cancer care, a leading-edge operating room with a m.r.i and CT scan ready equipment plus. The building was named for Joan and Irwin Jacobs who contributed $75 million.
There are rooms for having a natural birth by mid-wife in addition to other birthing rooms.
U.C.S.D Jacobs Medical Center has recruited and maintained top notch neurosurgeons on staff. They are also considered an academic hospital by their association with U.C.S.D.
The hospital is ideally located next to other facilities such as the Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the Thornton Pavilion, Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and the nearby campus (one of the leading research universities) of U.C.S.D.
East County residents with healthcare tied into the U.C.S.D. healthcare system might use this facility. East County residents who are Kaiser Permanente members are also waiting for the new Kearny Mesa hospital, located at 9455 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, to open which is currently slated for this spring.