Oakland, CA (June 3, 2015) – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland recently achieved a major milestone when the Oakland City Council unanimously approved the certification of the Environmental Impact Report for the hospital’s Master Plan. The project will rebuild and modernize the hospital to meet the demands of seismic regulations and improve facilities for children, adolescents and their families.

The hospital’s Master Plan includes 210 patient beds on-site; creation of individual patient rooms; expansion of the outpatient center; new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms, and support services and clinics to help ensure the best hospital experience for patients and families.


“We are proud of this project,” says Dr. Bert Lubin, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Benioff Oakland. “Our modernization project will enhance the hospital’s ability to focus on family-centered care with new, modern, and seismically compliant buildings and technology.”


For over 100 years, the hospital has demonstrated a strong commitment to local community by addressing issues surrounding the social determinants of heath, expanding pediatric research and providing young people with opportunities for future employment in the healthcare profession. Children’s has more than 250,000 out-patient visits and 10,000 in-patient admissions each year. The hospital has served as the safety net hospital for Alameda County since its inception.


The hospital continues to attract top pediatric experts in medical, surgical and mental health, and has positioned itself as a leader in population health and preventative care. It is also one of only five ACS Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in California. With these renovations, UCSF Benioff Oakland will be able to maintain its commitment to deliver specialized healthcare to all children in the region and beyond, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Over the past two years, Children’s hosted over 30 community meetings in order to ensure the hospital’s neighbors could provide input on the modernization plan. Children’s addressed and acted on the feedback it received in order to develop a plan that would minimize disruption to the surrounding community. The hospital will continue to communicate with the neighbors as the project proceeds.

Richard DeCarlo, senior vice president and chief operations officer for the hospital, is also the hospital’s Master Plan project executive. “We have been gratified by the process of working with our neighbors, community leaders and families to create the most ideal construction plan,” says DeCarlo. “This project means our facilities will soon match the remarkable patient care Children’s provides. We deeply appreciate all those who have helped to make this possible.”


Construction on the modernization project is expected to begin in late summer 2015.


About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on January 1, 2014.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, neonatology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and sports medicine.  The hospital is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the state, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has 190 licensed beds, over 500 physicians in 43 specialties, more than 2,600 employees, and a consolidated annual operating budget of more than $500 million.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.


UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research.  CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 250 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top ten research centers for National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals.  For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.