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New Hospital at Parnassus Heights EIR Scoping Meeting

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00pm

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UCSF New Hospital at the Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights
Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is pleased to share an initial study of the environmental impact of our new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights (NHPH). To meet the changing health needs of San Francisco, the future hospital will increase our capacity to provide the world-class patient care that makes UCSF the top hospital in Northern California.

For more than a century, UCSF Medical Center has been central to San Francisco’s health care system. Today, UCSF leads all San Francisco hospitals in providing complex care to patients. The new hospital will:

  • Increase UCSF’s bed capacity for Acute Care and Intensive Care and expand the medical treatments and services available to patients.
  • Promote interaction between clinicians, researchers, educators, and learners in an environment that fosters innovation and accelerates the process of translating laboratory science to patient care.
  • Create an optimal healing environment that addresses social, psychological, spiritual, and behavioral components of health in one place.
  • Be designed to be energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable and create public spaces that are inviting for the community.

Construction of the NHPH is planned to begin in 2023 and be completed by the end of 2030.

UCSF seeks to build a community hub for healthcare, wellness, and pioneering research.

Initial Study of Environmental Impact
The proposed NHPH is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This project may have a significant effect on the environment and an Environmental Impact Report is required. For purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the University of California is lead agency. This determination is based upon the criteria of the State CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15063 (Initial Study), 15064 (Determining Significant Effect), and 15065 (Mandatory Findings of Significance), and for the reasons documented in the Initial Study for the project.

The Initial Study is a preliminary assessment of the project as it relates to all environmental topics in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and identifies environmental topics for further study in the EIR. UCSF seeks your input on environmental topics to be studied further.

A Notice of Preparation/Initial Study is available for a 30-day public review and comment period, which begins on July 28, 2021 and extends through August 27, 2021. It identifies the scope and content of the environmental information that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

The Initial Study and more information can be found online at You can obtain a paper version of the Initial Study by emailing EIR or calling (415) 502-5952.


To give written feedback on the Initial Study, please email Diane Wong at, or write her at UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA 94143 by the end of the comment period, August 27, 2021.

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting
You are invited to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting for UCSF’s proposed new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights.  This meeting is an opportunity to provide feedback on the topics that will be included in the environmental review.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
This meeting will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UCSF fully subscribes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If at any time you feel you have a need for accommodation, contact UCSF Community & Government Relations at 415.476.3206 or with your suggested accommodation.

If you would like to be on our email notification list, please email specifying the campus site(s) of interest: Parnassus, Mission Bay, Mount Sutro, Mount Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

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