The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) in the US has broken ground on its hospital revitalisation project at Hillcrest campus.

Set to involve an investment of $2.5bn to $3bn, the revitalisation project will be executed in five phases over a period of approximately 15 years.

The first phase of the project will see the creation of 250,000ft2 outpatient pavilion which is anticipated to open in 2025.

Once opened, the new structure will be home for various specialty clinical programmes including oncology, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology and orthopaedics.

It will also feature ambulatory surgery operating rooms, gastroenterology procedure rooms, advanced imaging, infusion and radiation oncology.

The outpatient pavilion will also have space for multispecialty cancer clinics and infusion centres, which will enable UC San Diego Health, and its National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center to further improve access to cancer care throughout the region.

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UC San Diego Health CEO Patty Maysent said: “As the region’s only academic medical centre, UC San Diego Health brings the most advanced science and patient care to our communities to help people lead healthier, higher quality lives.

“UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a hospital with tremendous strength and character, and a rich history. The new Hillcrest campus will underscore our status as a premier health care destination for patients, as well as enhance the experiences of our remarkable staff.”

In addition to medical facilities, the project scope includes new housing and fitness facilities.

The first phase also includes the construction of a new parking infrastructure that will have space to accommodate nearly 1,850 vehicles and related road and utility infrastructure. Other phases of the project will involve the replacement of the main hospital.