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San Diego to get several new hospitals, medical facilities

Most major health care providers have projects underway

The San Diego health care landscape is going through some major renovations as most of the major providers are building new facilities.

More than $2.3 billion in new hospitals, specialty care centers and medical offices are under construction at the University of California, San Diego, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health, Palomar Pomerado Health and Kaiser Permanente, which will be going on for at least the next six years.

The largest medical facility currently being built is Palomar Pomerado Health’s Palomar Medical Center West. This $960 million hospital will have 288 patient beds (with a possible addition of 360 beds) totaling 300 square feet, 12 operating rooms, a trauma center, laboratories and pharmacy center.

The 11-story, 740,000-square-foot Palomar Medical Center West is approximately 70 percent complete and construction is expected to be completed by spring 2012, with the medical facilities opening for operation three months later.

At the University of California, San Diego, the Jacobs Medical Center is underway. When completed it will be an in-patient cancer hospital, a hospital for women and infants as well as for advanced surgery with 245 beds, 108 medical and surgical beds, 36 ICU beds, 32 post-partum inpatient rooms, 12 new operating rooms and eight labor and delivery rooms.

The $663.8 million center will total more than 548,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by January 2017.

Sharp Healthcare has three major construction projects ongoing.

The first is a three-story, 66,365-square-foot medical office building, which will house primary and specialty care, laboratory, physical therapy, radiology, pharmacy and urgent care services.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $38 million, funded in part by $10 million in philanthropic support and is replacing the existing 85-year-old Sharp Rees-Stealy downtown building. Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed by summer 2012.

Construction is also taking place down in South Bay for the Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Medical Office Plaza.

This $15.5 million project will be a three-story, 45,000-square-foot structure that will feature a patient lobby and waiting areas, exam rooms, a resource center, doctor offices, conference rooms, nurse stations, CT scan rooms and radiation therapy chambers. It is slated for completion by April 2012.

Also at the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, renovations are taking place at the existing emergency department. The $12 million project involves doubling the size of the department from 8,000 to 14,500 square feet and increasing the number of operational beds from 20 to 48. This expansion project is expected to be completed by early 2012.

Scripps Health is in the middle of its 25-year master plan, which was unveiled last year, to create a comprehensive regional medical campus in La Jolla.

Scripps will replace the existing hospital with three new hospital towers to meet state earthquake safety mandates and build new research and graduate medical education facilities, an outpatient treatment center and medical offices.

The first project as part of this 43-acre master plan will be a $456 million cardiovascular center.

The Scripps Cardiovascular Institute, which will serve as the first hospital replacement tower, will be a seven-story, 383,000-sqaure-foot facility with 108 inpatient beds in private rooms, 60 intensive care beds, six operating rooms and six cardiac catheterization labs.

Groundbreaking for this project has just taken place and is slated to open in 2015.

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