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With robust growth on both a national and local level, the health care industry continues to make news. In fact, the demand for health care is growing at a rate twice that of the national economy, with the industry poised to create more than 5 million new jobs by 2020, according to a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce.

Following is just a small sampling of some recent industry milestones in San Diego:

Construction complete

Construction of Escondido’s new $956 million, 11-story, 740,000-square-foot Palomar Medical Center — dubbed the hospital of the future — is complete, with move-in scheduled for this August.

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New administrator

Robin Gomez was appointed administrator for Alvarado Hospital Medical Center — overseeing all operations, physician relations and the hospital’s strategic direction, as well as maintaining overall leadership responsibility for the hospital and key programs.

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New CEO steps in

Paul S. Viviano — previously CEO of Alliance Healthcare Services — was named CEO of the University of California, San Diego Health System and associate vice president for Health Sciences.

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New digs for Sharp Rees-Stealy

Sharp Rees-Stealy medical group unveiled a new 102,875-square-foot, three-story facility in Sorrento Mesa, encompassing an array of services, including a pharmacy, urgent care unit, family medicine, mammography, dermatology and more.

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National recognition for Rady

According to the 2012-2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list by U.S. News & World Report, Rady Children’s Hospital is one of the top 50 children’s hospitals nationwide in 10 specialties, including second best nationally in orthopedics.

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Jacobs Center under way

Ground was broken on UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, a 500,000-square-foot medical center featuring three new specialty hospitals dedicated to cancer, advanced surgery, and women and infants.

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New transplant program

A new heart transplant program at Rady Children's Hospital makes the facility the fifth California hospital to perform pediatric heart transplants.

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Local physician lauded

An emergency medicine physician with the UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Ted Chan, was one of 82 representatives from across the country recognized at a White House Town Hall for progress in health information technology (IT).

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Top oncology program

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center was the only San Diego hospital to be featured in Becker’s Hospital Review list of “70 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs.”

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New North County construction

Construction continues on a three-story, 57,000-square-foot medical office building on Tri-City Medical Center’s Oceanside facility — the first major construction project on the campus in several decades.

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Super Funding

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences renewed funding for the Superfund Research Program at UC San Diego. Over the next five years, the $15 million grant will fund continued research on the consequences of exposure to uncontrolled toxicants from Superfund and other hazardous waste sites.

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New critical care facility

Expansion plans at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas were launched with the recent groundbreaking of a new critical care building, which will more than double the size of the hospital's current emergency department and increase the number of medical-surgical beds by 43 percent.

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Lifetime achievement

The founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Mimi Guarneri, received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual conference of the Institute for Functional Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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CEOs to know

Sharp HealthCare CEO Michael W. Murphy — who has headed Sharp since 1996 — was the only local hospital executive to gain a mention in the “100 Non-Profit Hospital, Health System CEOs to Know,” a national listing by Becker’s Hospital Review.

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State-of the-art cancer facility unveiled

Offering state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology, the $36 million 45,000-square-foot Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center was recently opened.

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Topping out in La Jolla

Scripps Health celebrated the “topping out” of the new $456 million, 383,000-square-foot Prebys Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The facility will open for patient care in 2015.

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Mental health person of the year

Psychologist Jerry Gold, Ph.D., administrator of the behavioral health clinical care line for Scripps Health, was named San Diego County's Mental Health Person of the Year by a committee of mental health providers and consumers.

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Going green

Kaiser Permanente became the first hospital in San Diego to go solar — installing nearly 5,000 photovoltaic solar panels above the parking lot of its San Diego Medical Center on Zion Avenue.

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New clinic in Ramona

Construction is now under way on new $6 million outpatient medical clinic for Palomar Health in Ramona. Consisting of a 7,600-square-foot facility, the clinic will serve as a primary health care center with an urgent care, X-ray rooms, laboratories and outpatient care.

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A national model

Palomar Health’s Center for Nursing Excellence and the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science recently formed a research partnership, and are seeking to become a Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration model under the auspices of the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


-Moore is a San Diego-based freelance writer.

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