CEO on UCI Health — Irvine: 'We're trying to meet people where they are'

July 18, 2023
uci health ceo chad lefteris, left, and uci school of medicine dean dr. michael stamos, wearing orange vests and hard hats hold up their phones to take photos and video of the topping off ceremony at uci health
UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris, left, and UCI School of Medicine
Dean Dr. Michael Stamos document the placement of the final beam
at UCI Health — Irvine. (Photo credit: Karen Tapia)

IN THE NEWS: UCI Health — Irvine has celebrated a major milestone in the development of its new $1.3-billion medical campus. The last beam was hoisted atop the hospital building on July 13, marking significant progress for the 1.2 million-square-foot medical complex.

losangelestimes logo black letters on white 136x91“This is one of my favorite moments on a big project, where we get to stop for a moment and celebrate together. It’s rare that we get to get all the expert trades, contractors and crafts persons together. You look around and you really get to see them all and see the scale of it — it’s awesome.”

Lefteris further explained the importance of this new campus, as reported by The Daily Pilot.

“We’re full every single day at our flagship campus in Orange. So, this is additive, because we know that we need it. This is about making our world-class experts more easily available to the folks who live in Irvine and southward.”

Recruitment has already begun for more than 2,000 positions needed at the new complex, including food service workers, facility engineers, nurses, support team members and more, demonstrating the UCI Health commitment to local communities.

"We’re trying to meet people where they are.”

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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

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.