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A Cornerstone of San Diego Health Care for More Than 50 Years
|The April 1955 dedication ceremony
permanently opened the doors of
the hospital to serve the community.
The new Sharp Memorial Hospital
By its golden anniversary in 2005, Sharp Memorial Hospital had welcomed more than 250,000 San Diego babies into the world and cared for more than 1 million patients. Now in its fifth decade, and with the dedication and commitment of more than 1,100 physicians and 3,800 employees, Sharp Memorial Hospital's leadership looks to the future.
As was the case a half-century before, health care in San Diego is again in need of dramatic transformation to ensure clinical superiority for the San Diego of tomorrow. Now, on the site where Thomas E. Sharp first pledged a hospital to the memory of his heroic son, stands one of the most modern, technologically advanced, patient-focused care centers in the United States.
The new Sharp Memorial Hospital, called the Stephen Birch Healthcare Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital, opened in January 2009 and is the first new hospital in San Diego in 15 years. True to its history, the new hospital is the product of its dedicated community, its visionary staff and its countless financial supporters. Together, they embody the spirit of caring and excellence that has become the legacy of Lt. Donald N. Sharp.
The 315,000-square-foot, 334-bed facility includes many design elements inspired by the caregivers who work there:
Worth noting is the new Emergency and Trauma Center. Increased in size by nearly 300 percent and designed to reduce stress and waiting time, this level II trauma center is only one of five adult trauma centers in San Diego County. The new center has 52 beds, including 4 trauma beds to serve the community. Patient care rooms in the center are private, with either sliding doors or curtain entrances.
“Patient-focused care” means that the caregivers at Sharp Memorial encourage patients' families and loved ones to participate in caregiving. In addition, comfortable spaces, educational materials, refreshments and other amenities are provided to welcome families and guests into the healing process. In the main lobby, guests can order a refreshing drink from the coffee bar, shop in the gift gallery, purchase custom-arranged flowers from the floral cart or simply relax.
Sharp Memorial continues its tradition as one of the county’s largest providers of acute care services and one of the busiest single hospitals in San Diego. Sharp Memorial Hospital is recognized for its outstanding programs in cardiac care, cancer treatment, pulmonary care services, rehabilitation and multi-organ transplantation.
For More Information
Sharp Memorial Hospital and its medical programs are funded in part by charitable gifts and grants. To learn more about participating in its future by making a donation, please visit Sharp HealthCare Foundation online or call the foundation directly at 858-499-4800.
1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
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