Construction Progressing in La Mesa at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center

Construction continues in La Mesa at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s $60 million, taxpayer-funded Health and Vascular (H&V) Center.

The 71,000-square-foot, three-story H&V Center will eventually expand the hospital’s surgery capabilities with four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multipurpose procedural rooms that can support a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery, as well as endovascular interventional procedures.

In addition to the building, the current construction phase includes a new loading dock and materials receiving department on the lowest level, a new pharmacy and laboratory on the middle floor and shell space on the top floor for the new surgical floor build-out.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is serving as the general contractor on behalf of Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency. GHD serves as landlord of the publicly owned Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers. Sharp HealthCare manages and has operational responsibility of the 540-bed hospital under a lease agreement between GHD and Sharp HealthCare.

Designed by KMD Architects, the H&V Center will be a cast-in-place, concrete structure with spread footings and a structural steel moment frame, with one level below ground and two levels above.

Construction of the current phase is roughly 70 percent complete. Completion of the building is scheduled for early 2016. Completion of the surgical floor is scheduled for late 2017.

The new Center is being built on a tight site within a small footprint of the busy hospital campus, adjacent to the hospital’s existing operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs.

“We are being the least disruptive as possible because the construction work is adjacent to the existing hospital’s exterior,” said Pat Nemeth, Sharp HealthCare VP, facilities management and development. “In some cases, sound barriers have been used for certain activities.”

Subcontractors include KPFF Consulting Engineers as structural and civil engineer, Randall Lamb as electrical and mechanical engineer and Wimmer Yamada and Caughey as landscape architect.

The construction cost is being financed through Proposition G, a bond measure sponsored by GHD. Prop. G was approved by East County voters on the June 2006 ballot.

As proposed in the hospital’s Facilities Master Site Plan, Prop. G is funding several infrastructure construction improvements at the publicly owned hospital, which opened in 1955. The bond-financed construction began in 2007, and is scheduled to continue over the next several years.

A topping-off ceremony for the H&V Center, held June 2014, featured a 220-foot-high crane hoisting the final steel beam, decorated with an American flag and evergreen tree, to the highest point of the H&V Center building. Speaking at the ceremony were Bob Ayres, GHD board president, and Maryann Cone, COO, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, along with Jason Mrozek and Todd Foos of McCarthy Building Companies, the general contractor.

“We are grateful to the taxpayers and voters of East County who approved the public financing that is paying for construction of the Heart and Vascular Center and other state-of-the-art facilities at their publicly owned hospital,” said Ayres. “The new Heart and Vascular Center is just one component of an overall master site plan, which includes multiple projects over many years.”

“The new Heart and Vascular Center is the latest step in Sharp Grossmont’s journey to transform the health care experience for the people of East San Diego County,” said Cone. “We at Sharp Grossmont are committed to meeting the future health care needs of the community.”

“On a project such as this one, it’s imperative to have tight-knit teamwork,” said McCarthy Project Director Jason Mrozek. “We’ve collaborated closely with the Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp HealthCare and carefully managed subcontractors and suppliers to minimize disruption to campus operations. The project team is focused on delivering a quality-constructed building that provides state-of-the-art heart health services to East County residents.”

Since Prop. G bond dollars are allocated only for construction costs, the Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds for Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is currently raising $10 million for medical technology and equipment for the new H&V Center. The Foundation determines fundraising priorities and supports Sharp Grossmont Hospital in developing high-quality, accessible and affordable inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of San Diego’s East County community. Nearly $60 million has been raised by the Foundation since its inception in 1986.

Recognized as the nation’s No. 1 healthcare builder (Modern Healthcare), McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the country’s 9th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2014) and the largest general contractor in California. Having celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, the company is committed to the construction of high performance green buildings; progressive job site technology; safer, faster and higher quality execution; and ultimately, the best final project cost. McCarthy has approximately 1,700 salaried employees with offices in San Diego, Newport Beach, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Albuquerque; Kansas City; Collinsville, Ill; and Portage, Ind. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital is the largest not-for-profit, full-service acute care hospital in San Diego’s East County, serving the community for 60 years. The medical center is a Magnet-designated facility, recognized nationally for nursing excellence, and is part of Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s most comprehensive health care delivery system and a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Sharp Grossmont is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care; cardiac care; surgery; stroke care; cancer care; orthopedics; rehabilitation; behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; and hospice care. The hospital also offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness. To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit www.sharp.com/grossmont or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East Region. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.