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A $46 million central energy plant is being constructed by Sharp Health Care at its Grossmont Hospital to meet the facility’s energy demands.

Sharp HealthCare’s hospital system in Grossmont is transforming by the day.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s East Tower will undergo a 124,000-square-foot renovation of nursing units on floors two through five.

The makeover includes upgrades of patient room headwalls, upgrades of finishes and replacement of air handlers. Sixteen private ADA-accessible patient rooms will be converted from 16 existing semi-private rooms.

The architect is Stantec and the contractor is C. W. Driver.

The project started in June 2012 and is expected to wrap up in November 2014. The project has a budget of $37 million.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital will also construct a $46 million central energy plant to meet the hospital’s energy demands. The new 18,000-square-foot, two-story plant will include steam generation boilers, chilled water equipment, as well as equipment for the co-generation of efficient electrical energy.

Syska Hennessy Group is designing the project, and McCarthy is the contractor. The scheduled start date is September 2012, with a completion slated for February 2015.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center is a 74,000-square-foot facility, with a main floor that will include three new cardiac catheterization labs; one multi-purpose image guided operating/procedural room; and one shelled cardiac catheterization lab, among other features.

Below the center’s main floor, a new pharmacy and clinical laboratory will be built on Level A, and a new loading dock will be built on Level B.

Funds approved from the hospital’s Proposition G Bond will go toward construction and non-movable equipment.

A contractor has not yet been picked. Architect KMD is designing Levels A and B and building shell, and HOK is doing the Level 1 infill and renovated support space. With a start date of December 2012, the project is expected to wrap up in July 2016. The project has a budget of $88.4 million.

A new $6 million emergency center is coming to Prime Healthcare Services' Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in the La Mesa area. The 20,000-square-foot center along Reservoir Drive will be five times as large as the current one.

The new ambulance bay is spacious, bright and fully covered, offering access for multiple ambulances reserved for paramedic crews and their patients, to ensure privacy and rapid access to doctors.

“In addition to increased capacity, the new facility will establish new patient triage procedures,” said Laura Gilbert, spokeswoman for Prime Healthcare. “Patients will be evaluated as soon as they arrive and prepared to be seen by doctors or other emergency staff and routed to appropriate areas for treatment.”

Treatment time will be expedited via staff stations with multiple access points to computerized charting, patient tracking and instant access to diagnostic results.

The 36 new patient bed areas will be a combination of both private and semi-private rooms. The center is also prepared to respond to biologic, chemical and radiation contamination, as well as infectious or epidemic situations.

The new emergency department will see its first patients in early 2014.

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