The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a taxpayer-supported public agency that owns the property and buildings as landlord of Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, reports steady progress on bond-financed infrastructure improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
GHD officials are hoping state regulators will approve in February plans for a $60.3 million Heart & Vascular Center, which will precede submission of construction bids in March or April. This 83,330-square-foot Center will include space for a new pharmacy and clinical lab and cath labs, as well as flexible, multi-purpose procedure rooms that can be used for a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery, as well as endovascular intervention procedures.
Another improvement project, an 18,000-square-foot, $51 million Central Energy Plant, is scheduled to draw bids early in 2012, with construction planned to start in the spring. The facility will feature new, energy efficient technologies and equipment, including a new chiller and a steam boiler that will provide heating and cooling to various sections of the hospital.
Meanwhile, work is continuing on underground utilities on a two-lane road located in the back of the hospital that connects the Women’s Center to Murray Drive. Until the underground utility work is completed sometime in mid-2012, portions of the road near the Women’s Center will be closed to the general public with access available only to emergency and construction vehicles at various times. The utilities work includes relocating gas and water lines, steam lines, medical gasses, electrical power and telecommunication lines. Plans call for more than 7,500 feet of utilities to be installed underground along a 700-foot portion of the road.
In 2006, voters approved Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure that is expected to finance through 2016 a number of infrastructure improvements at the regional medical facility that opened in 1952.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. In 1991, the District leased the hospital operations to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-yearlease that runs through the year 2021. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County.
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