Standing nearly 100 feet in the air on the top level of Sharp Chula Vista’s new parking garage, the view spans from Mexico to South Bay to downtown San Diego and beyond — with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in the forefront.
The hospital looks very different than it did when its doors opened for the first time in 1975. Just a few years earlier, it looked starkly different from that, as tomatoes grew in lush fields nearby and horses roamed the land.
Today, Sharp Chula Vista is a bustling medical center campus with 2,000 employees and 450 affiliated doctors who provide care at a 343-bed acute care hospital, skilled nursing facility, the world-class Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center and soon, the new 138-bed, 170,000-square-foot, $239 million Ocean View Tower, with sweeping views from every private patient room. Groundbreaking is expected in late 2016.
The new hospital will allow for much-needed growth for a hospital that operates at near full capacity almost every day, serving more than 90,000 patients each year. The Ocean View Tower’s 138 patient rooms will include 10 state-of-the-art intensive care suites. The additional six operating rooms will include a hybrid room, combining elements of a traditional operating room and cardiac catheterization lab, eliminating the need to transfer patients to different parts of the hospital.
The Ocean View Tower will also feature a striking two-story lobby with large windows to bring in natural light, soothing colors and amenities such as gardens and artwork, as well as a rooftop café with panoramic ocean views. The recently opened 717-space parking garage will provide future parking for the additional patients and visitors at the Ocean View Tower.
According to Sharp Chula Vista chief executive officer Pablo Velez, RN, PhD, the Ocean View Tower sends a clear message to the community.
“As Sharp Chula Vista celebrates 40 years of providing high-quality health care, I’m reminded of how deep our roots are in the South Bay,” says Dr. Velez. “When we opened in 1975, we made a promise to take care of the people of the South Bay; 40 years later, that promise is stronger than ever.”