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UCI Health — Irvine expected to add 2,500 jobs to economy

Medical complex will expand access to world-class, academic healthcare in south OC

May 11, 2023

IN THE NEWS: UCI Health — Irvine, the 1.2-million-square-foot medical complex under construction at the corner of Jamboree Road and Birch Street, is expected to add 2,500 healthcare and construction jobs to the local economy.

It will also bring the world-class experts at UCI Health closer to where people live in south Orange County, CEO Chad Lefteris told the Orange County Business Journal.

“So many patients must travel to fight traffic. They’ve got enough to worry about. It’s about bringing our experts to you. When you live in south county, you won’t have to drive 45 minutes to an hour to get up to Orange.”

Lefteris says the rainy winter has not hindered the construction of the all-electric complex, scheduled to be completed in late 2025.

“In spite of the rain, it’s moving along nicely. We’re managing it wonderfully. It’s right on schedule and on budget.”

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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