EVENT:  The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its sparkling new home on the University of California, Irvine campus, which will allow for the expansion of the institute’s clinical, teaching and research efforts to advance evidence-based, whole-person care.

Part of the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences complex on the corner of California Avenue and Michael Drake Drive, the SSIHI encompasses approximately 110,000 square feet, dedicating 21,432 square feet to clinical space. Home of the flagship clinic for expanded access to patient services, the institute also includes spaces for innovative student instruction, multidisciplinary collaborative research and engaging community education.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Oct. 13, 3:30-5 p.m. at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, 856 Medical Sciences Quad, Irvine, CA 92697 (https://ssihi.uci.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/SSIHI-Patient-Parking-Information-v3.pdf.pdf )

INFORMATION: This event is by invitation only and not open to the public. Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-501-1008 or pharrima@uci.edu.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Featured speakers include UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman; Susan and Henry Samueli; Steve A.N. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, UCI vice chancellor for health affairs; and Shaista Malik, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and executive director of the SSIHI. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, doors to the institute will be open for attendees to enjoy mocktails and self-guided tours.

BACKGROUND: The SSIHI offers spaces for innovative student instruction, multidisciplinary collaborative research, engaging community education, and team-based, whole-person clinical care. The flagship clinic increases access to patient services with 21,432 square feet dedicated to clinical space. This includes 42 rooms for examination, treatment and consultation; a lab; infusion suite; pharmacy; the Mussallem Nutritional Education Center; an intensive cardiac rehabilitation space; and the Palmer Family Research and Conference Room. Patients will also be offered nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, yoga and group medical classes. Local community members will have opportunities to attend yoga, Tai Chi and nutritional cooking classes, as well as educational lectures and events.

Susan and Henry Samueli’s abiding interest in health and wellness is reflected by their $5.7 million gift in 2000 to establish the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Its purpose was to explore the frontiers of complementary and integrative medicine. In 2017, the Samueli’s pledged $200 million to UCI to support a first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences focused on interdisciplinary integrative health. It allowed the center’s expansion to become the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. The far-reaching donation – the seventh largest to a single public university at the time – positioned UCI as a bold, new leader in population health, patient care, education and research. Part of that funding supported the construction of the new campus home for Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, which will allow the institute to achieve its vision to become the preeminent national and international academic institute for pioneering multidisciplinary research, education and healthcare practices for the care of the whole person.


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