Irvine, California, June 27, 2022 — Supported by a $20 million gift from Joe C. Wen and family, the UCI Health Ambulatory Clinical Facility at the new UCI Health-Irvine Complex will bring specialized clinical expertise closer to coastal and southern County residents. ‘Orange on the UCI campus.
“The Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care at UCI Health – Irvine will play a special role in the life of Southern Orange County because of our unique ability to harness all the resources of a research university comprehensive to provide the best and most up-to-date care,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “We are deeply grateful for the Wen family’s remarkable gift, which advances our belief that human health and well-being requires a scientific approach that engages all disciplines to care for the whole person and the community. .”
Approved by the University of California Board of Trustees in August 2020, the five-story, 168,000-square-foot outpatient facility on Jamboree Road will provide adult and pediatric specialty care, emergency care, digestive health, neuroscience, and comprehensive laboratory imaging and radiology services in one convenient location. An outdoor garden and cafe will enhance the patient and visitor experience.
“UCI Health is transforming lives every day through its cutting-edge academic research, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and most importantly, its passionate, top-notch healthcare professionals,” said Joe C. Wen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sakura. Paper, Inc., a division of Formosa Ltd. “There is no doubt that the new Irvine Medical Center will have an extremely positive impact on the community. My family members and I are humbled and honored to be able to help. »
This is the largest donation to UCI Health by a donor under the age of 50 and is among the largest donations ever made to the UCI.
Children and adults will benefit from one-stop outpatient care. The Center for Children’s Health will consolidate primary and specialty pediatric services into one easily accessible facility and provide unparalleled continuity of care from birth through young adulthood. The children’s center will provide specialized care focused on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases.
The building will also be the new home of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, offering hope and help to people living with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
“UCI Health is deeply grateful for the friendship and generosity of the Wen family,” said Steve AN Goldstein, MD, Ph.D., UCI Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. “Their support allows us to expand our delivery of world-class care to more patients in Orange County and continue to lead the country through vital research and clinical innovations that fulfill the longstanding commitment of the UCI to improve the lives of individuals and communities. ”
The $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine Complex adjacent to UCI and the new Health Sciences Campus includes one of the largest investments in patient care services in California. In addition to the Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care Center is scheduled to open in late 2023, and a 144-bed acute care hospital with an emergency department will open in 2025.
“UCI Health is building the next chapter of Orange County healthcare in Irvine,” said Chad T. Lefteris, CEO of UCI Health. “The Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care will provide residents of coastal and southern Orange County with access to comprehensive care in critical clinical specialties that are only available in an academic healthcare system.”
UCI Health continues to expand access to care in new locations, including opening primary and specialty ambulatory care centers in Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills and Costa Mesa.
Joe C. Wen immigrated to the United States from Taiwan as a teenager. The family’s early years in America were difficult. Wen’s parents worked in blue-collar jobs to support the family, and Joe went to college to pay for his tuition and support his parents. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Wen started a paper trading company. Today his company, Formosa Ltd., has grown into a multinational conglomerate. Wen is grateful to his parents, who sacrificed everything they had in Taiwan to move to the United States to provide a better life for their children. The example of his parents, who taught him that he should give back to the community whenever he could and that success can only be achieved through dedication and hard work, both inspired this gift. and made it possible.
Formosa Ltd., founded by Joe C. Wen, is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Taiwan and renowned for its five core businesses: venture capital, financial lending, real estate ownership and development, property management, and forest products manufacturing and trading. Formosa, which has a history of identifying and seizing business opportunities, is committed to improving every day and supporting its customers in every way.
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