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Innovation Through Integrative Health

UCI receives $200 million gift to name College of Health Sciences and launch major integrative health initiative

Donation from Susan and Henry Samueli will advance research, education and clinical practice for individual and population wellness

The University of California, Irvine today announced the largest gift in its history: $200 million from Susan and Henry Samueli, longtime campus supporters, to name a first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences focused on interdisciplinary integrative health. The far-reaching donation – the seventh-largest to a single public university – positions UCI as a bold, new leader in population health, patient care, education and research.

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Susan and Henry Samueli

Understanding Integrative Health

Integrative health

Optimal health and healing come from taking an integrative approach to healthcare that is patient-centered, science-based, transdisciplinary and 
team-delivered. This is called Integrative Health.

Integrative health redefines the relationship between the practitioner and patient by focusing on the whole person and the whole community. It is based on scientific evidence and makes use of all appropriate preventive, therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to promote optimal health 
and well-being.

Why Integrative Health?

Moving from the status quo to improved care for our population requires an expanded focus to promote health and well-being and more effectively 
(both clinically and economically) deliver healthcare using all evidence-based approaches across the lifespan. The transformation of the current healthcare system, as well as training of the next generation of healthcare professionals, should incorporate integrative health for all.

Definitions Under Integrative Health

Conventional medicine or mainstream healthcare is the delivery of molecularly oriented, mechanism-focused and evidence-based approaches for disease treatment and prevention. It is widely adopted by the mainstream healthcare system and taught in accredited medical schools.

Complementary and alternative healthcare are non-mainstream health practices that are scientifically backed and research-driven, administered in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Lifestyle and self-care involve the practice of incorporating healthy, evidence-based behavioral and nutritional approaches into conventional medicine to promote wellness.

Holistic care is a health practice that examines the whole person – mind, body and spirit – rather than focusing solely on a particular illness, injury or symptom. Holistic care provides greater context to treating a patient’s ailments.

Integrative healthcare is the coordinated delivery of conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary medicine for producing optimal health and healing. It holistically addresses the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health and well-being as well as lifestyle and self-care practices.

Achieving Wellness Through Integrative Health

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A Legacy of Giving

Henry and Susan Samueli’s support makes a significant imprint at UCI

For nearly 20 years, Henry and Susan Samueli have played a major role in UCI’s growth, and their $200 million pledge for the health sciences is merely a capstone to their commitment to philanthropy. Through generous gifts by their foundation and other holdings, the Samuelis have previously donated more than $70 million to UCI.

Converged Science

Their legacy of giving can be seen across campus, especially at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, which will benefit from a $30 million gift from the Samueli Foundation to help fund a state-of-the-art convergent science building, expanding UCI’s ability to conduct large-scale, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research in engineeringcomputing and physical sciences.

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There are gifts that change a campus. And there are gifts that change the world.

Take Note

Susan Samueli

“We must change what we mean by ‘healthcare’ and how we train all who provide care, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists.”

Susan Samueli

Susan and Henry Samueli

“We are very excited for the UCI College of Health Sciences to become a national model for integrative health. We believe this model will eventually become the standard approach for promoting health and well-being in our society.”

Henry Samueli

Howard Gillman

“Susan and Henry Samueli’s dedication, their vision for what is possible and their deep generosity will help UCI set a standard that, over time, other medical centers in the U.S. can follow.”

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman

Howard Federoff

"The Samuelis’ vision means UCI will be a beacon for the brightest faculty and students in all related disciplines – a place where they can do their best work and tackle grand challenges.”

Howard Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UCI Health

Dianne Feinstein

“One of the root causes of our country’s health care challenges is our failure to focus on prevention and well-being. We need to do better at preventing diseases rather than just treating them. UCI is making much-needed investments in this area, and I congratulate them on this very generous donation.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

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UCI Health Historical Timeline

For 50 years, the University of California, Irvine has been a national and regional leader in the health sciences. From its early days  when the medical school came to campus and a medical center was acquired — to today’s Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, with its world-class programs and facilities, UCI has been dedicated to training new generations of physicians and nurses, conducting breakthrough research and providing the finest patient care.

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historical timeline

  1. 1967-1969: UCI is named the new home of the former California College of Medicine, moving from Los Angeles to Irvine. The school is located on a 122-acre site on the western edge of campus.
  2. 1976: UC Regents purchase the Orange County Medical Center for $5.5 million. The facility is renamed the UC Irvine Medical Center. It’s located about 12 miles from the UCI campus in the city of Orange.
  3. 1986: The Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic opens as one of the world’s first facilities where laser plays a major role in clinical treatment and research.
  4. 1997: The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center becomes a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, the only one in Orange County and one of 47 in the U.S.
  5. 2001: With a $5.7 million gift from Henry and Susan Samueli, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine is created.
  6. 2003: The H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center is dedicated.
  7. 2004: Medical school professor of physiology & biophysics Irwin Rose is awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, unlocking new cancer treatments.
  8. 2006: Programs in pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science and public health are launched.
  9. 2009: The flagship UC Irvine Douglas Hospital opens ­— Orange County’s most advanced clinical training center and among the finest in the U.S.
  10. 2010: Sue & Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute is dedicated. It’s one of the first stem cell research and training facilities in the U.S.
  11. 2013: The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute opens, giving patients access to advanced eye care from internationally renowned ophthalmologists.
  12. 2015: Dr. Howard Federoff joins UCI as the vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UC Irvine Health.
  13. 2017: UC Regents approve a proposal to elevate the Program in Nursing Science to the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.
  14. 2017: With a $200 million gift, the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences is named.

Chancellor's Message

Chancellor Howard Gillman

To the Anteater community:

I am deeply humbled and honored to share that dear friends of UCI, Susan and Henry Samueli, have made a tremendous commitment of $200 million to name the College of Health Sciences.

The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences will be the first university-based health sciences enterprise to incorporate integrative health research, teaching and patient care across its schools and programs. This strategy is inclusive of all evidence-based approaches to treating disease and promoting wellness, including conventional medicine, lifestyle and preventive medicine, alternative and complementary modalities, and the many disciplines of population health sciences.

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Slideshow

  1. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Susan and Henry Samueli UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Susan and Henry Samueli enjoy a “virtual fireworks show” celebrating the couple’s gift of a record $200 million to the university to name the College of Health Sciences and launch a major integrative health initiative. Steve Zylius / UCI
  2. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman prepares to give the Samuelis a commemorative crystal award inscribed: “In recognition for your vision and inspirational leadership to UCI and for transforming healthcare and health education in our community and beyond.” Steve Zylius / UCI
  3. Susan and Henry Samueli With his wife, Susan, at his side, Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli addresses the UCI academics, college health professionals and elected officials who gathered Monday, Sept. 18, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre for the historic announcement. Steve Zylius / UCI
  4. Susan and Henry Samueli The Samuelis share a kiss after the announcement that they’ve donated a record $200 million to UCI to name a first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences focused on interdisciplinary integrative health. Steve Zylius / UCI
  5. Dr. Howard Federoff, Adeline Nyamathi, Dr. Michael J. Stamos, Oladele Ogunseitan, and Dr. Shaista Malik Also speaking at the event were (from left) Dr. Howard Federoff, UCI vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UCI Health; Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi, founding dean of UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing; Dr. Michael J. Stamos, dean of the UCI School of Medicine; Oladele Ogunseitan, chair of UCI’s Program in Public Health; and Dr. Shaista Malik, director of UCI’s Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. Steve Zylius / UCI
  6. UCI medical and nursing students UCI medical and nursing students practice their skills in the School of Medicine’s simulation center. Steve Zylius / UCI
  7. Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences rendering The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, depicted in this architectural rendering, will encompass the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, the School of Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Population Health. UCI
  8. Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences rendering The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, depicted in this architectural rendering, will encompass the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, the School of Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Population Health. UCI
  9. Susan and Henry Samueli Susan and Henry Samueli, who just donated a record $200 million to UCI, are longtime supporters of the university. Steve Zylius / UCI
  10. UCI monument sign Construction of the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences is part of a grander plan to erect an assortment of medical research, academic and clinical buildings along the campus’s California Avenue, near this monument sign on Bison Avenue. Steve Zylius / UCI
  11. Dr. Howard Federoff Dr. Howard Federoff is vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of the UCI Health system. Steve Zylius / UCI
  12. Dr. Shaista Malik Dr. Shaista Malik is a cardiologist who directs UCI’s Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, which will reemerge at the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences as the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. Steve Zylius / UCI
  13. Dr. Michael Stamos Dr. Michael Stamos is dean of UCI’s School of Medicine. Steve Zylius / UCI
  14. Oladele Ogunseitan Oladele Ogunseitan chairs UCI’s Program in Public Health, which will become the School of Population Health in the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. Daniel A. Anderson / UCI
  15. Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi Adeline “Adey” Nyamathi is founding dean of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, as well as a Distinguished Professor. Steve Zylius / UCI
  16. Richard Chamberlin Richard Chamberlin is chair of UCI's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which will become the School of Pharmacy in the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. Steve Zylius / UCI
  17. Chancellor Howard Gillman “Susan and Henry Samueli’s dedication, their vision for what is possible and their deep generosity will help UCI set a standard that, over time, other medical centers in the U.S. can follow,” says Chancellor Howard Gillman. Steve Zylius / UCI
  18. Undergraduate nursing students Undergraduate nursing students practice injections in UCI’s Berk Hall. Steve Zylius / UCI
  19. Dr. Emily Dow Dr. Emily Dow, director of the UCI Family Health Center, greets a patient at the Santa Ana facility. Steve Zylius / UCI
  20. UC Irvine Douglas Hospital UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, opened in 2009, is the cornerstone of UC Irvine Medical Center. Daniel A. Anderson / UCI
  21. UCI medical staff UC Irvine Douglas Hospital’s state-of-the-art hybrid endovascular operating rooms feature higher-quality three-dimensional imaging with lower radiation exposure and can link to remote classrooms and conferences, facilitating educational activities. Nicole Del Castillo / UCI
  22. Mahtab Jafari Mahtab Jafari is a professor, a Chancellor’s Fellow and the vice chair of pharmaceutical sciences at UCI. Steve Zylius / UCI
  23. Dr. Rakhi Dayal Dr. Rakhi Dayal, UCI associate clinical professor in anesthesiology & perioperative care, treats a patient at the Center for Pain Management in UCI’s Gottschalk Medical Plaza. Steve Zylius / UCI
  24. UCI School of Medicine UCI’s School of Medicine will become part of the new Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. Steve Zylius / UCI