Sharp Grossmont Hospital Celebrates "Topping Out" Ceremony for New Heart and Vascular Center

Topping Out Ceremony

The 71,000-square-foot facility will be one of the most technologically advanced in San Diego.

On June 20, 2014, construction workers and officials from Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Grossmont Healthcare District and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., held a joint “topping out” ceremony at the site of the hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center. Presently under construction, a 220-foot crane hoisted the final steel beam up to the highest point of the building, marking the completion of the steel erection phase.

The new Heart and Vascular Center is just one component of an overall master site plan that includes multiple construction improvement projects going forward. When the three-story building is completed in spring 2015, it will greatly enhance the hospital’s ability and capacity to treat acute care patients and help decrease the high cardiovascular disease mortality rate in East San Diego County with the best and most advanced care available in the community.

“We’re excited to share this important milestone with our partners and to continue to move forward with construction,” said Maryann Cone, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s chief operating officer. “Our commitment is not only to meet the needs of the community, but to do so in a manner that embraces a culture of caring, compassion, innovation and excellence. This project is helping us to keep that commitment.”

Several other officials participated, including Bob Ayres, vice president, Grossmont Healthcare District; Todd Foos, senior project manager, McCarthy Building Companies; and Jason Mrozek, project director, McCarthy Building Companies.

The Heart and Vascular Center will offer three levels specifically designed to treat the challenges of heart and vascular diseases and conditions. It will be adjacent to the hospital’s current operating rooms and cardiac cath labs. New square footage will total 71,000-square-feet, with an additional 17,000 planned for renovation of older areas of the hospital. Plans also call for four new hybrid operating rooms, four new cath labs, a pharmacy and a clinical laboratory, as well as supply services space and a new loading dock.

The more than $60 million construction cost for the project is being financed by taxpayer dollars. East County voters passed a $247-million bond measure called Proposition G on the June 2006 ballot. The measure will fund several infrastructure construction improvements at the publicly owned hospital, which opened in 1955. As Proposition G bond dollars are allocated only for construction costs, Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds for the hospital, has raised nearly $7 million toward its $10 million goal for medical technology and equipment for the new center.

For More Heart and Vascular Information
To learn more, visit Heart and Vascular Care, or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego cardiologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.