The University of California, San Diego Health System has announced gifts totaling $11.8 million from Gary and Mary West and the Gary and Mary West Foundation to create a state-of-the-art geriatric emergency care unit at the yet-to-be-built Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, California.
A $6.3 million gift from the foundation will establish the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit, which will provide enhanced emergency services designed to meet the unique needs of seniors, including geriatric medicine, acute care screening, urgent care, case management, and social and psychiatric care. The unit is expected to open later this year and will offer home- and community-based options.
The remaining $5.5 million from the West Health Institute will support a multiyear medical research initiative to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative care approaches for geriatric patients. In recognition of the Wests' support, the broader emergency department will be named the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health.
"This significant combined philanthropic and research support will help UC San Diego Health fulfill its vision to offer a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to caring for truly vulnerable members of our community," said UC San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. "The Wests' support will spur novel clinical care, research, and teaching at UC San Diego, the region's only academic health institution."