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UCSD to announce gift, plans for new specialty hospital

UCSD officials will be joined by the mayor and Irwin and Joan Jacobs this morning as they announce plans to build a $664 million hospital tower on the medical center campus.

The announcement, which was billed as being about “a major gift to UCSD Health Sciences that will change the face of health care in the San Diego region and beyond,” was to be detailed in a press conference at 10:45 this morning at the UCSD Medical Center.

Although university officials had said they could not release information about the event, the Union-Tribune reported in this morning’s edition that the Jacobs have donated $75 million to the project. The newspaper said the 10-story building next to Thornton medical center will focus on three areas: maternity and infant care, cancer treatment and advanced surgery. Those services will be moved from the UCSD Hillcrest hospital, the newspaper noted.

The university is already building th Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, which is scheduled to open in spring 2011;