UC Davis Health has broken ground on a new $579m ambulatory surgery centre, named 48X Complex.

The new 267,000ft2 centre will cover the complete block located between 48th and 49th streets and X and Y streets, situated to the east of the main hospital building.

It will include 59 pre-and post-operative recovery bays, 14 operating rooms, along with 14 single-occupant overnight recovery rooms.

Imaging, clinical support, pharmacy, and physical therapy services as well as administrative support space will also be included.

The new 48X Complex will add space for patient care clinics and advanced technology to reduce wait times for elective procedures, expand the surgical service lines as well as therapies.

With shifting health needs, the ambulatory surgery centre is intended to serve more diverse population and improve patient care.

UC Davis Health CEO and human health sciences vice chancellor David Lubarsky said: “This 48X Complex embodies our vision of delivering tomorrow’s health care today.

“The future of health care is fundamentally evolving, as is our campus.

“We must become truly patient centric, focused on delivering care and information how, when and where patients want it.

“Our patients are the reason we’re all here and why we keep innovating, expanding, and pushing the boundaries to deliver care and treatment like no other academic medical centre.”

The new complex will be LEED Certified and will exceed the UC Sustainable Practices Policy energy efficiency goals.

In May this year, UC Davis Health commenced demolition works to make way for the UC Davis Medical Center’s 14-storey California Tower.