Last week, 150 golfers, 80 sponsors and 40 volunteers came together at San Diego Country Club to support the next-generation hospital under construction at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. More than $225,000 was raised at the 11th annual Sharp Chula Vista Golf Tournament, helping to make the South Bay’s first new hospital tower in 40 years a reality.
Bob Sutherland, a South Bay business owner whose family has taken a lead role as presenting sponsor of the tournament for nine years, explains why this event and its cause are so important.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the new hospital tower under construction at Sharp Chula Vista, the South Bay’s first new hospital in 40 years. What will make the new tower an exceptional place for this community to receive care?
There is great need for this addition; it will be critical to ensuring our ability to care for the South Bay community into the future. It will be the premier hospital facility in all of South County and we’ll fill it up in a hurry.
What have you enjoyed most about your involvement with the tournament over the years?
The tournament has been a great source of fundraising for the hospital, and the community has turned out wonderfully to support it. It’s held at a prime facility in South Bay that serves the hospital so nicely because it provides such a quality experience. Sharp staff and volunteers have done an exceptional job of putting it on and they should be very proud.
Is there anything about this year’s tournament that was particularly exciting?
Seeing the abundance of people involved with Sharp, the hospital and the new hospital tower project that came out to support. Sharp CEO Chris Howard and Sharp Chula Vista CEO Pablo Velez were there; past CEO Mike Murphy came back to play; Hensel Phelps, the contractor that developed and is building the tower, were major sponsors; and many physicians played. It was just a wonderful turnout. It takes a village, and the village showed up.
How have you and your family’s personal experiences as patients inspired your involvement and generous giving?
We’ve been in over the years for stitches, X-rays, and lumps and bumps when the kids were growing up, but we haven’t spent a lot of time as patients at Sharp Chula Vista. As far as involvement in the hospital is concerned, we do it because it’s important and it has to happen. It’s a privilege to be able to be a part of that.
The new tower project is not about any one person, regardless of their giving level. The project is something that South Bay needs that’s going to benefit this whole community and beyond. It all boils down to The Sharp Experience and what that means. The privilege for people to have a place like Sharp in South Bay could not be emphasized enough.
Learn more about how you can get involved and support the expansion of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.