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UC San Diego Receives $7.5 Million Gift for New Cancer Hospital

The University of California, San Diego has announced a gift of $7.5 million from local philanthropist Pauline Foster in support of a new cancer care hospital at the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center.

The gift from Foster, who lost both her husband and brother to cancer, will be combined with a one-to-one match from the university’s Jacobs Medical Center Challenge grant, for a total of $15 million. Taking up three floors of the Jacobs Medical Center, which is slated to open in 2016, the hospital will house medical staff specially trained in caring for the complex needs of patients with cancer and provide the San Diego community with an array of state-of-the-art treatments and dedicated specialists for cancer in one location. In recognition of the gift, the hospital will be named the Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care.

A longtime supporter of the university, Foster has served as a trustee and board chair of the UC San Diego Foundation and as board chair of the Jewish Community Foundation. She has also been actively involved with the United Jewish Federation of San Diego, the United Way, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where she served as board chair, and currently serves as a trustee of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

“The impact to California from Pauline’s generous gift will be transformational for San Diego and beyond,” said David Brenner, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. “Patients will have access to targeted cancer therapies, many that are only available in NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. For the first time, patients with cancer will receive an integrated, multidisciplinary approach in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.”

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