June 27, 2022

Naming gift for Center for Advanced Care

I am delighted to announce that UCI has received a transformational gift from Joe C. Wen and his family to support and advance the Center for Advanced Care, which is under construction at the UCI Health – Irvine complex. In recognition of this extraordinary philanthropy, the center will be named the Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care.

When it is completed in mid-2023, the five-story, 168,000-square-foot outpatient facility on Jamboree Road will offer adult and pediatric specialty care, urgent care, digestive health, neurosciences and comprehensive laboratory and radiology imaging services in one convenient location. An outdoor garden and café will enhance the patient and visitor experience.

The building also will be the new home of the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, providing hope and help to individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Its completion will be followed by that of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building, scheduled to open in late 2023, and a state-of-the-art, 144-bed acute care hospital with an emergency department, which will open in 2025. Together, they will bring a new standard in academic healthcare delivery to the people of south Orange County.

Mr. Wen and his family immigrated to the United States from Taiwan when he was a teenager. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Southern California, he started a paper trading company. Today, his business, Formosa Ltd., is a thriving multinational conglomerate. 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.

Please join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to Mr. Wen and the Wen family for their farsighted philanthropy and exceptional support.

Chancellor Howard Gillman