A $5 million gift from Julia and George Argyros to UCI's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute was announced April 7 at "Science Under the Stars," the second annual UCI School of Medicine gala. The donation will establish the Julia & George Argyros Ambulatory Surgery Center in the newest and most state-of-the-art eye care and treatment facility to be built on the West Coast. The gala doubled as a groundbreaking ceremony for the 70,000-square-foot institute, which will house patient exam and waiting areas, the outpatient surgery center, an optical shop, and faculty office and conference space. The Argyros donation will go toward the nearly $31 million estimated cost of the building. Construction is expected to be completed in 2013.
U.S. News & World Report's inaugural metropolitan-area hospital ranking, released in March, recognizes UC Irvine Medical Center as the top caregiver in Orange County and fourth-best of 44 facilities in the Los Angeles area. Citing the center's excellence in eight specialties, the new roster complements the magazine's annual list of America's Best Hospitals, which has acknowledged UC Irvine for 10 consecutive years.
UCI's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect has received a pair of two-year grants that will allow the university to continue its innovative work in elder abuse prevention. The grants — $350,000 from the Long Beach-based Archstone Foundation and $480,000 from the Los Angeles-based UniHealth Foundation — will fund myriad efforts to identify and assist victims, stop abuse and educate the public. "We're excited to continue our efforts to promote aging with dignity; no one should grow old with the horror of being abused or neglected," said Dr. Laura Mosqueda, director of UCI's geriatrics program.
UCI infectious disease specialist Dr. Susan Huang will be part of a nationwide Centers for Disease Control & Prevention research program to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infection in healthcare settings. Huang, medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention at UC Irvine Medical Center and a UCI Health Policy Research Institute affiliate, and researchers from the Translational Research Prevention Epicenter — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc. will receive $2 million as part of the CDC's $10 million Prevention Epicenter grant program. The group will study prevention and treatment of hospital-borne microbial infections caused by MRSA and other pathogens.