An Amazing Journey for Heroes

What was once the site of a little white stucco house on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 52nd Street is now the future home of a new six-story outpatient center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The 89,000-square-foot building is the first step in a multi-phase expansion to rebuild and upgrade the health center to meet state seismic standards.

On October 26, Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Salesforce Chairman Marc Benioff, and Lynne Benioff, member of the UCSF Board of Overseers and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Board of Directors, gathered with many other elected officials, hospital leadership, staff, patients and neighbors to officially launch the “Amazing Journey for Heroes” facilities modernization project at our Oakland campus.

Rendering of the new Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

The hospital’s new Center for Advanced Outpatient Care will adjoin the current outpatient center and house subspecialty clinics including cardiology, rehabilitation, and neurology. The project will also upgrade the hospital’s pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, which are heavily used as the Oakland campus is one of only five ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in California.

Mayor Schaaf called the groundbreaking “a great day in Oakland,” noting the hospital’s deep roots in the community and longstanding commitment to providing care for all children. “Every child deserves the best in health care, regardless of his or her family’s ability to pay,” she said.

As Bert Lubin, MD, president of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, noted in his remarks at the ceremony, these improvements are important because “the health of our children is the health of our future as a society.”

Many thanks to all the community members who helped us take this step in our hospital’s amazing journey!

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