UCI Health COO sees opportunities as system expands into south OC

May 31, 2023
aerial view of the uci health irvine academic health system campus looking north toward the san joaquin marsh reserve
An aerial view of the The Joe C. Wen & Family UCI Health Center for
Advanced Care, looking north toward the San Joaquin Marsh
Reserve. The five-story building opens spring 2024.
IN THE NEWS: When UCI Health — Irvine is fully open in 2025, the 1.2-million-square-foot campus will usher in a new era of transformation for the academic health system.

Nathan Shinagawa, chief operating officer at UCI Health, spoke to Becker’s Hospital Review about the $1.3 billion expansion into south Orange County and the opportunities it presents to the advancement of healthcare access and delivery in the region.

The opportunity is that we’re becoming a system… It really changes who we are. We have to think about how we go from being more local to having systemness.

If we are able to execute this right over the next three to five years, UCI Health is going to be even further poised to transform the healthcare landscape, especially here in California and Orange County.

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

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