Anonymous donor to match hospital gifts up to $25M

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego received an anonymous challenge gift of $25 million for construction of the Jacobs Medical Center, the university announced Thursday.

The donor will match donations up to $25 million over the coming year, the school announced.

medical moneyThe $839 million medical center will include specialized units for cancer care, advanced surgery, and services for women and infants when it is completed in three years. The 509,500-square-foot building is designed to house 245 beds.

Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and wife Joan gave $75 million for the project.

UCSD officials also celebrated the “topping out” of the facility, signified by the highest beam being lifted into place atop the 10-story building.

“Today is a high point for UC San Diego, the community, and for patients who travel here from around the world,” said Paul Viviano, CEO of UC San Diego Health System. “Soon we will have the largest, most technologically advanced hospital in the region, dedicated to offering specialized care for every kind of patient, in every phase of life.”