California’s First Senior Emergency Care Unit Opens

Chancellor Khosla cuts the ribbon at West Health Senior Emergency Care Center

UC San Diego Health has opened a state-of-the-art unit specialized in treating seniors requiring emergency health care. The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla is the first in California to treat qualifying patients over the age of 65 in a dedicated space customized for geriatric emergency care.

On Feb. 19, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla joined philanthropists Mary and Gary West, as well as campus and community leadership, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new facility. “Mary and Gary West, I cannot thank you enough for your partnership and support,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are pioneering a course that is uncharted in terms of geriatric care. This is the first accredited facility west of the Mississippi, and the first such facility in the UC system.”

Photo of a room at new senior emergency center and donors Mary and Gary West

Three years ago, philanthropists Gary and Mary West provided $11.8 million to UC San Diego to create the senior emergency care unit, which is housed within the Emergency Department at the Jacobs Medical Center. It is one of eight emergency departments in nation to receive accreditation, and the first in California.

In honor of their generosity, Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry presented the Wests with a Proclamation from the City of San Diego for sparking and advancing innovation in health care, supporting research and making the local community and nation better. Feb. 19, 2019 was named Gary and Mary West Day in the City of San Diego.

Among Nation’s Most Generous Universities

UC San Diego was named 14th among the nation’s top 20 four-year public institutions in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “How Generous Are the Colleges to Which Donors Are Most Generous?” The report ranked universities that raised the most in private donations in the 2018 fiscal year, and in turn, gave institutional grant aid to nearly half of their students. The average amount the top 20 gave per student was about double that of four-year public institutions over all.

“Six years ago, UC San Diego’s fundraising efforts were not on par with our recognition as one of the nation’s best public universities—and now, we’ve come from nowhere to being recognized in the top 20 for raising funds to help our students,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

The publication reported that UC San Diego raised $280,001,960, sourced from the cash-based Council for Aid to Education’s national voluntary Support of Education Survey completed by colleges and universities. At the university, 44.4 percent of first-time students received an average of $8,462 in institutional grant aid. Among the students receiving aid, 30.7 percent were Pell Grant recipients, 24.2 percent were under-represented minorities and 23.7 percent were non-resident aliens (a noncitizen who has not passed or is exempt from the Green Card or substantial presence tests.)

“We are grateful to our donors who understand that the strength of education is upward mobility,” said Chancellor Khosla. “Philanthropic support opens the door to UC San Diego’s world-class educational experience, creating opportunities for our students’ lifelong success.”

Gilman Bridge Opens

Gilman Bridge opening celebration

On Feb. 7, several hundred attendees joined UC San Diego’s Gilman Bridge Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration, led by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. Now open, the much-anticipated bridge unites Gilman Drive on the west and Medical Center Drive on the east, alleviating local street traffic and creating a more accessible campus.

“This has been a dream in the making, long before I got here,” said Chancellor Khosla at the event. “I am so glad that I am the fortunate chancellor to make this dream into a reality.”

Gilman bridge ribbon cutting ceremony

The 406-foot long bridge—designed for pedestrians, bikes, and cars—is one part of the campus’ Long Range Development Plan. UC San Diego’s transformation also includes the Mid Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension and North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. These enhancements will help address a growing student population and parking demands as well as better connect the university with the greater San Diego community.

UC San Diego structural engineering alumnus Tony Sanchez, M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’98, of global infrastructure firm Moffatt & Nickel, served as the engineer of record for the project. The university worked closely with regional partners to complete the bridge, including the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Metropolitan Transport System (MTS) and the City of San Diego.

Guests walking over new Gilman Bridge

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