The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health is set to expand its existing healthcare network in partnership with two hospitals in Hawaii, US. 

The move is backed by a gesture from philanthropists Lynne and Marc Benioff, who donated $150m for Hawai’i Pacific Health and Hilo Medical Center.  

This latest contribution builds upon the Benioffs’ extensive philanthropic efforts, which have surpassed $450m in health care support in the US, while their total contributions in Hawaii now reaching $250m. 

UCSF will utilise the funding to fortify the state’s health care provision, upgrade facilities, and bridge the care gap due to geographical and professional resource challenges. 

Besides, the funding is expected to bolster specialty care services through an expanded relationship of UCSF Health with Hawai’i Pacific Health and Hilo Medical Center, aiming to address Hawaii’s health care requirements. 

UCSF Health Care Network president and UCSF Health senior vice-president Shelby Decosta will manage the collaboration.  

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The donation will also facilitate a renovation of Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, tripling its size and creating a futuristic health care campus.  

Furthermore, it will fund the expansion of Hilo Medical Center through a public-private partnership, matching a $50m state investment.  

The funds will develop critical care areas, including a modern family birthing centre, behavioural health, intensive care unit, and neurosurgery services, as well as support physician recruitment to alleviate specialist shortages, such as in the field of oncology and neurology services. 

A programme to provide 24/7 emergency neurological services will also be started using the latest funding.  

In honour of the Benioffs’ contributions, the Hilo Medical Center and Straub Medical Center will be renamed the Hilo Benioff Medical Center and Straub Benioff Medical Center, respectively.  

UCSF Health CEO and president Suresh Gunasekaran said: “We are proud to be part of this collaboration to bring specialty care close to home through both of these medical centres, as well as to people living in remote areas of Hawaii with limited access to care.” 

Recently, UCSF Health in partnership with hospital network John Muir Health opened a new cancer care centre in California, US.   

A rendering of expansions to Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, which will be renamed as the Straub Benioff Medical Center.