UCI Health – Irvine will be a model for the nation
Carbon-neutral hospital will be powered by electricity, solar
April 28, 2023
IN THE NEWS: The healthcare sector is a major consumer of energy. In fact, hospitals use on average five times as much electricity as an office building of an equivalent size.
When it opens, UCI Health – Irvine will be a national and local model when it comes to finding ways to provide world-class care using only clean energy sources.
Joe Brothman, director of facilities and general services at UCI Health, spoke to Fox 11 Los Angeles about charting the future of healthcare sustainability in Orange County and how unique it is.
“There are a lot of great construction projects, especially in California, but nothing quite like this. There are a lot of people looking at us for being the first to use the technology in this way, on this scale, for this application,” he said.
The goal, Brothman noted, is to be one of the greenest hospitals in the country.
“Not only are we going to have lower local emissions, but we’re going to be resilient to natural disasters. Being able to provide care to our community in those times, when it’s most crucial, is what UCI Health wants to do."
Watch the interview
About UCI Health — Irvine
UCI Health — Irvine, a new medical complex under construction at the north end of the UC Irvine campus, will bring unparalleled expertise and the finest evidence-based care that only an academic medical system can offer to the communities of coastal and south Orange County.
As part of UCI Health — which includes the flagship UCI Medical Center in Orange, Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and multiple outpatient care locations — the new 1.2 million-square-foot campus will offer key clinical programs in oncology, digestive health, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and spine surgery.
The nation’s first all-electric, carbon-neutral medical center, UCI Health — Irvine will be home to:
The Joe C. Wen & Family UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, a five-story, 168,000-square-foot medical facility offering the full range of multidisciplinary specialty care for children and adults under a single roof, urgent care services, the Center for Children’s Health and the UCI Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders — Opening spring 2024
The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building, a five-story, 225,000-square-foot tower with 36 private exam rooms, numerous infusion bays and operating rooms — Opening 2024
A seven-story, 350,000-square-foot, acute care hospital with 144 inpatient beds, 10 operating suites and a 24-hour emergency department with 20 treatment rooms — Opening 2025