The Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital recently held a joint groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of a new $60 million heart and vascular center on the 520-bed hospital’s campus.

The construction costs are being financed by taxpayer dollars, after East County voters passed a $247 million bond measure in June 2006. The proposition is funding several infrastructure construction improvements to the publicly owned hospital, which opened in 1955. Bond-financed construction at the hospital began in 2007, and will continue for the next several years.

"We are very grateful to the taxpayers and donors for their support of their publicly-owned hospital,” Michael Long, president of the Sharp Grossmont Hospital board, said, in a statement. “The board is seeing through on our commitment to taxpayers for much needed hospital improvements so the community’s needs can continue to be met.”

The three-story, 71,000-square-foot heart and vascular center will be placed adjacent to the hospital’s current operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs. The first wave of construction will be complete by March 2015, and a build-out of the upper levels will be finished by mid-2017.

The event also included a presentation of architectural plans, and the launch of a $10 million capital campaign from the Grossmont Hospital Foundation to fund the acquisition of new medical technology and equipment for the new center.

— SDBJ Staff Report