The Copley pledge will help fund the hospital’s $10.4 million renovation, which includes a complete interior remodel of the unit, with new plumbing and mechanical and electrical equipment to better accommodate the program’s needs. Enhancements also include bigger patient rooms, a large group therapy room, and an updated day room that will bring in more natural lighting.
“Over the years, the generous philanthropy from the Copley Foundation has helped Sharp HealthCare continue our mission to improve the community’s health,” says Littlejohn. “This recent $500,000 matching grant for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is a testament to the visionary philanthropic leadership of the Copley family.”
Sharp employees provide more than care
Construction for the ICU has been ongoing, and excitement continues to build among the hospital’s employees. Many of them have donated to the renovation project through their payroll deductions.
“It is incredibly inspiring to see our staff, clinicians and colleagues who give their time and expertise every day to our patients also donate to a cause that means so much to them,” says Kem Graham, senior development officer at Sharp HealthCare Foundation.
The renovations emphasize Sharp HealthCare’s commitment to caring for patients with severe mental health conditions, especially during the ongoing pandemic, which has highlighted the need for behavioral services in our community.
“Mental health issues are at crisis levels and the pandemic only exacerbated the problem,” says Koch. “The Copley Foundation believes that Sharp Mesa Vista’s ICU project is important now — more than ever before — and this serves as the key reason for our support.”
According to Graham, the expansion of the ICU will allow Sharp to provide care to more patients in need. “Our community partnerships remain very important in the mental health field, and we are certain that with the modernization of the facility, we will be able to continue to support San Diego County mental health needs in an expanded capacity,” she says.
To learn more about how you can support the Sharp Mesa Vista ICU and East Wing, contact Kem Graham.