News Release: Sharp Chula Vista (Calif.) Medical Center Opens New Hospital Tower

$244 Million Expansion Adds Private Patient Rooms, State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms, and More to South Bay’s Largest Hospital

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center will open its new, $244 million hospital tower on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, moving in the first patients that day. The 197,000-square-foot tower will add 106 private patient rooms; six large operating rooms, including the South Bay’s only hybrid room, which allows for advanced surgical and imaging procedures in the same room; a panoramic rooftop café and many more services designed to meet the needs of San Diego’s fastest-growing region.

“Our goal has always been to provide the people of the South Bay with the latest in proven medical technology along with compassionate experts who provide the excellence of care that defines Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center,” says Pablo Velez, PhD, RN, chief executive officer of Sharp Chula Vista. “The opening of the new tower is our way of continuing to ensure that world-class care will always be close to home for the entire community.”

The project is Sharp HealthCare’s largest single investment to date and the South Bay’s first new hospital in more than 40 years. The design-build team for the project included Hensel Phelps, SmithGroupJJR and AVRP Studios.

“Investing in the South Bay is an important priority for Sharp and vital to the community,” says Chris Howard, president and chief executive officer of Sharp HealthCare.  “With this advanced addition to the region’s largest hospital, we are ensuring that current and future residents will have the health care services they need.”

The new tower also includes a sweeping new main entrance and lobby and additional space for support services, including pharmacy and kitchen.

Preceding move-in day will be a community open house on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring behind-the-scenes tours, family activities and more. More information can be found at

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