Construction of the highly anticipated Norris Healthcare Center (HC3) is complete and the building is expected to be open to patients in January 2018.

Located on the USC Health Sciences Campus, this new healthcare center will further extend Keck Medicine of USC’s ability to provide outstanding care to patients. Further, it will decompress the Day Hospital and clinics in the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, allowing services to expand clinical offerings.

“The Norris Healthcare Center is a beautiful, modern facility that will provide a new, first-class space for our specialty care,” said Tom Jackiewicz, MPH, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “This new center is an important step during our journey to become the leading health care provider in Southern California.”

Transition planning for department move-ins is underway. Equipment moves, deliveries and calibrations are also next up during this fall’s fit-up period. Two “Day in the Life” events also are planned for this fall, where clinical areas will simulate visits with mock patients. These events provide an opportunity to evaluate new workflow and operations plans, systems integration, staff training effectiveness and equipment functionality. These simulations also allow issues to be identified and resolved early. Orientation and training sessions are currently being planned for all faculty and staff who will be working in the building.

This building will be home to the USC Institute of Urology, an infusion center treating both cancer and non-cancer patients, a women’s specialty care and breast imaging center, and the Transplant Institute. The Outpatient Surgery Center will move from its current location in Healthcare Center 4 into HC3, which has some of the largest operating rooms on campus. HC3 also includes new retail space, as well as new dining options at the Terrace Café for patients, their families and staff to enjoy. These include Starbucks and Au Bon Pain.

Departments are planned to move in to the Center in this fall, with patient care scheduled to begin Jan. 8.

— Adriana Cho