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UCI Health co-workers leave their mark on new hospital

Beam signing held ahead of installation at UCI Health — Irvine

July 11, 2023
uci health coworkers in blue scrubs smiling at a beam signing event for uci medical center before installation at uci health -- irvine
UCI Health co-workers signed the final beam that will top the
new Irvine medical campus this week. Photo by Karen Tapia

Orange, Calif. — UCI Health co-workers were invited to inscribe their signatures on the final beam that will crown UCI Health ― Irvine when it was brought to UCI Medical Center in Orange on Thursday, July 6.

The placement of the final beam taking place next week at UCI Health — Irvine marks a significant milestone in the construction of the medical campus.

This tradition, commonly known as a “topping off” ceremony, is a momentous event in the life cycle of any construction project. It signifies the placement of the final structural beam and the completion of the building's framework.

UCI Health embraced the opportunity to involve its dedicated co-workers in this momentous occasion, allowing them to physically leave their mark on what promises to be a vital addition to the local healthcare landscape.

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

About UCI Health

UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and the only academic health system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. The 459-bed, acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 22 consecutive years, provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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