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Building together, binationally

July 12, 2017

Building together, binationally

Members of the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Binational Leadership Council. Photo courtesy of Periódico Frontera

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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center has been providing health care to San Diego's South Bay community for more than 70 years. Now, Sharp is on a journey to go above and beyond, building a next-generation hospital in a binational region, that's set to open in 2019.

To better serve an ever-growing region, just minutes from the border between the United States and Mexico, Sharp HealthCare formed the Binational Leadership Council, a committee comprised of community leaders, Sharp executives and physicians, including Dr. Andres Smith, medical director of emergency services for Sharp Chula Vista.

"The Binational Leadership Council provides leadership and guidance while helping to build a culture of philanthropy in our binational region," says Sarah Cantu, senior director of philanthropy and campaign director for the Sharp Chula Vista Above and Beyond campaign. "The focus is to engage our community in a meaningful way, inform community members about Sharp Chula Vista's expansion, and inspire them to support the campaign as we build this new hospital in the South Bay."

The council supports the South Bay community and neighboring border cities in Mexico by:

  • Connecting important community leaders in both the South Bay and Mexico to Sharp HealthCare Foundation members
  • Creating a word-of-mouth familiarity among different types of networks in the area and shedding light on Sharp's commitment to the region through the expansion of Sharp Chula Vista
  • Inviting potential philanthropic donors to invest in Sharp Chula Vista by providing information on how they can make an impact and leave a legacy to their children and future generations
  • Encouraging others to learn more about the care readily available at Sharp Chula Vista and the state-of-the-art Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center
  • Offering a unique opportunity for the community and its members to obtain the best of local health care

"Knowing how much Sharp cares, by paying special attention to the values and culture of our Hispanic community, has made me committed to this council," says Patricia Alvarez de los Cobos, president of Energy Communications Corp. and co-chair of the Binational Leadership Council. "Sharp has always been my family's health care provider of choice; I am a member of this council as a testament of their care and quality as they continue to support our community."

Moving forward, the council will continue to meet and work together to provide more personalized, high-quality health care.

"Many members of the council are leaving their legacy by making personal donations to support the Above and Beyond campaign," says Cantu. "They are giving their time, talent and treasure by serving on this council and supporting the largest hospital in our region. We are proud to be on this journey with such an accomplished group of people who care about the health of our community and who recognize the power of a shared vision and personal generosity."

To learn more about the Above and Beyond campaign and the new hospital tower, please visit

For the news media: To talk with Sarah Cantu about the Binational Leadership Council for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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