This extraordinary $36 million facility highlights healing and advanced technology.
Chula Vista, Calif. — The new Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Medical Office Plaza is set to open its doors this month, bringing to the South Bay a $36 million, 45,000-square-foot facility unlike any other in the region.
A community open house is scheduled for June 16 from 10 am to 2 pm. The public is invited to tour the Cancer Center and witness the state-of-the-art technology, unique elements of healing and extraordinary level of care offered at the facility.
"The Cancer Center was designed with patients in mind," said Pablo Velez, RN, PhD, chief executive officer of Sharp Chula Vista. "With the most advanced technology available in the region and a peaceful environment with gardens, natural light and comforting touches, it truly is a place for healing."
The Cancer Center's hallmark technology is TrueBeam™ radiotherapy. Faster, more powerful and more accurate than any other technology currently available, TrueBeam is optimized to destroy cancer and preserve healthy or critical organs with exceptional precision and speed that shorten treatment times for patients. With TrueBeam, new treatments on even the most complex types of cancer are possible.
"Offering the TrueBeam technology puts the Cancer Center on par with the world's leading cancer care destinations," Velez added. "This is a tremendous investment for the South Bay community."
Additional elements of the facility's unique design include thoughtful touches like a private entrance for returning patients, soothing décor and a rooftop terrace where patients can receive infusion therapy in the open air. In addition, the Cancer Center's radiation treatment suites are the only ones in the country known to offer floor-to-ceiling windows with garden views.
The South Bay's first choice for cancer care, Sharp Chula Vista is well known for its array of cancer support services, which include patient navigation, pet therapy and support groups. The Cancer Center's larger space will allow for the hospital's comprehensive cancer services to be offered all under one roof. The first patients will be treated in the Cancer Center in July.
Funding for the Cancer Center came from a $15.5 million commitment from Sharp HealthCare, with the Sharp HealthCare Foundation dedicated to raising $3.4 million in philanthropic support. A partnership with the facility's builder, Makena Medical Buildings Chula Vista, LLC, provided the remaining financial support.
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is a 343-bed hospital with the largest array of health care services in San Diego's South Bay. Home to the region's most comprehensive cardiac care program, Sharp Chula Vista also specializes in cancer treatment and bloodless medicine.