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About the Project

Hillcrest exterior

UC San Diego Health is our region’s only academic medical center and has served our community for more than half a century. Our Hillcrest medical campus has long been a beacon of hope and healing as we have innovated new therapies, trained thousands of new physician-scientists, and provided health care for San Diego.

The UC San Diego Health Hillcrest campus is a critical regional resource with a Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional Burn Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. It provides care for all patients in the community including those who are uninsured and under-insured. Approximately 5,000 nurses, doctors, technicians, staff and administrators serve the needs of the community at the location.

We invite you to learn more about our ambitious vision for the future of our Hillcrest campus below.


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Project Overview

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a critically important resource for bridging health care disparities in underserved communities, and the new pavilion will continue our commitment to bring the most advanced science and patient care to our communities to help people lead healthier, higher quality lives.

The ambitious Hillcrest campus project will further improve the exceptional care and medical education we are known to deliver and reinforce and support our vision, commitment and dedication to create a healthier world—one life at a time—through new science, new medicine and new cures, to the San Diego region and beyond for many decades to come.

The first phase of this important project includes a new 251,000-square-foot outpatient pavilion, which will increase access to UC San Diego Health’s nationally ranked medical specialties and world-class patient care.

For more information about the revitalization of UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest, see our Long-Range Development Plan.

Progress and Timeline

The revitalization of UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest will take place over approximately 15 years in five major phases It will be implemented in a manner that reduces construction impacts to the surrounding community while also ensuring that the existing critical campus functions remain operational.

The first major phase of construction began in November 2021 and will continue until July 2025. This initial phase will establish the gateway for the Hillcrest Campus and is comprised of five components: a 251,000 gross square foot outpatient pavilion; a parking structure with 1,800 parking spaces; an at-grade extension of First Avenue; a central utility plant; and new signalized intersection at Arbor Drive and Bachman Place.

This is just the beginning. Over the course of the project we will also add a new state-of-the-art hospital tower, residential living areas and workforce housing, a wellness center and green spaces to our — and your — Hillcrest campus.

Outpatient Project Timeline

Spring 2024
  • Arbor Drive Improvements Complete and New Arbor Drive/Bachman Place
  • Intersection Opens to East/South Through-Access (Bachman Place North/South Through-Access Remains Closed)
  • Existing Bachman Parking Structure Demolition Begins

Hillcrest construction

Summer 2024
  • Bachman Place Improvements Complete and North/South Through-Access Opens
Winter/Spring 2025
  • New Central Utility Plant Complete
Summer 2025
  • New Outpatient Pavilion Opens for Patient Care

Specialty Clinical Programs

The pavilion will house specialty clinical programs, including:

  • Advanced imaging
  • Audiology
  • Breast health
  • Digestive diseases
  • Maternal and fetal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiation oncology
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Outpatient surgery center
  • Infusion center

Project Videos

Find out more about the project by watching the videos below. You can watch a time lapse of construction here and here.

Hillcrest Medical Campus - Phase One

UC San Diego HealthTalks: Hillcrest

Bannister Family House: Harley Family