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Health care providers in the county are in the middle of upgrading and expanding their medical facilities with more than a billion dollars in capital improvement projects, with several in the design phase and under construction.

*Scripps Health has two medical projects under construction, one with work completed and one in the planning stages.

On the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, a $456 million new cardiovascular center is under way. Once completed, the facility will have a 383,000-square-foot building with 108 inpatient beds in private rooms; 60 intensive care beds; six operating rooms; and as many as six cardiac catheterization labs.

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute will integrate the highly respected cardiovascular programs throughout the Scripps Health system and Kaiser Permanente. The center is expected to open for patients in 2015. The cardiovascular institute is named after local philanthropist Conrad Prebys, who donated $45 million to Scripps. This is also the largest health care project in the county.

Also under construction for Scripps Health is the Phase Two expansion of Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas. This part of the project calls for a two-story 61,643-square-foot critical care building. The first floor will house 27 private emergency rooms, which will more than double the size of the hospital’s current emergency department. The second floor will have 36 acute-care private rooms.

The new building will also have access to first responders with six ambulance bays, which will triple the number currently available, along with a helicopter launch pad on the roof to transport patients to trauma centers or newborns to Rady Children’s Hospital.

The $94 million project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014. Whiting-Turner Contracting is the general contractor on the project and Perkins + Will is the architectural firm that designed the project.

In the summer of 2013, Scripps Health plans to open their new Proton Therapy Center near Sorrento Valley. The $220 million project is designed to treat 2,400 cancer patients annually using a highly accurate proton beam therapy.

The driving force behind the center is its 90-ton cyclotron, which accelerates protons to speeds of roughly 100,000 miles per second before sending the beam through an electromagnet transport system to a patient treatment room. The 102,000-square-foot facility will be the second of its kind west of the Rockies. Technology for the project is currently being commissioned. The center is developed by Advanced Particle Therapy LLC and is a design-build project led by The Haskell Co.

Scripps Health is also planning to begin construction of a six-story 175,000-square-foot clinic that will house a variety of medical specialty services including cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, nephrology and endocrinology.

The facility will also include four cardiac catheterization labs that will allow physicians to perform certain cardiac procedures in an outpatient setting.

Construction on the John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is set to start next winter and will be completed in 2016.

This new facility is part of a 25-year master plan expansion of Scripps La Jolla, which will include three new hospital towers, an ambulatory care facility, medical offices, a parking structure and a central energy plant.

*Sharp HealthCare has more than $225 million in capital improvement projects, either under construction or in the design phase.

At Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, approximately $24.75 million in expansion and remodeling work is being done. When construction is completed in January, the hospital will have 23 new neonatal intensive care unit beds, 14 new acute care unit beds, 54 remodeled private rooms and a new nurse call system. Swinerton Builders and NTD Architecture is the design-build team on the project.

A $1.7 million project is also going on at the entrance of the Mary Birch Hospital to provide improved pedestrian and vehicular access. Landscape architect Schmidt Design Group is involved with this project. At the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion in Kearny Mesa, $26.06 million in seismic retrofits is under way. Also, 10 new intensive care unit beds are being installed to bring the total number to 58.

Approximately $8.4 million in expansion and remodeling work is ongoing at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in Clairemont. Seven new acute beds are being put in, along with the 23 remodeled geriatric beds and expanding electroconvulsive therapy and the pharmacy department.

Construction is also under way at Sharp Coronado Hospital to remodel its third floor motion center and physical therapy services into a “Spa Planetree” environment. Administrative offices will also be renovated as part of the $1.17 million. Work is expected to be completed in March 2013.

Projects that have not started construction but have funding and are set to break ground in the coming months include a $42.58 million expansion of another floor at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

In addition, seismic, remodeling and expansion work is expected to be completed in the next couple of months at Sharp Grossmont, the Scripps Ranch-area clinic and the Rees-Stealy Mira Mesa location.

*Palomar Health currently has one construction project under way and two others are expected to come online shortly.

Right now, there is a $6 million outpatient medical center under construction. The Ramona Ambulatory Care Center is a 7,600-square-foot facility and will feature an urgent care center. The project broke ground in June, and it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. Funding for the project comes from Proposition BB, a bond measure passed by Inland North County voters in 2004.

Palomar Health also plans to start construction of a $3 million pedestrian bridge that will connect the Pomerado Hospital and the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion in Poway. The 84-foot bridge is designed to help ease access between the two buildings. The bridge is slated to be completed next spring.

Palomar Health is also planning on continuing to renovate its downtown Escondido medical center. The facility will now focus on women’s, children’s, behavioral health and rehabilitation services with an outpatient clinic. Approximately $645,000 was spent on refurbishing the hospital this year.

The second phase of redevelopment entails a total of $4 million in improvements and would include converting hospital rooms on the building's seventh floor into a larger postpartum ward. Rooms that are now designed to serve two patients would be converted for use by a single mother and baby. Other parts of the hospital would be used to expand acute rehabilitation and mental health. Funding for the second phase of redevelopment has not been approved yet.

*Kaiser Permanente has one project under construction. A two-story 50,000-square-foot medical facility in Carmel Valley is being built and is expected to be ready next summer.

Once completed, the medical office building will house primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, specialty services, imaging, laboratory, afterhours care and women's services including lactation services and a pharmacy.

A new Kaiser hospital is being planned for construction in Kearny Mesa. Kaiser did not release details of its size, what exactly it would contain or when construction would start; but the health care provider hopes for it to open in 2018.

*The University of California, San Diego is in the middle of building is Jacobs Medical Center. The close to $700 million medical campus project will incorporate the existing Thornton Hospital with a new hospital for advanced surgery, a hospital for cancer care and a hospital for women and infants.

The entire project is slated for completion in June 2016, with December 2016 as the target date for patient care to start.

*In addition, there is a new hospital being built at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton for the Navy by Clark/McCarthy Joint Venture.

The $451 million project entails a 500,000-square-foot medical center with 54 beds, inpatient medical facilities; emergency, primary and specialty care clinics; operating rooms; and support space.

The hospital was design by Los Angeles-based HKS Architects Inc. and is being built to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will replace the existing hospital that was built in 1974. The hospital is slated to be completed in January 2014 and will be operational later that year.

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