Burr Heart & Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital – per Sharp the only dedicated cardiovascular center in East County -- recently began treating patients.

At the 60,000 square-foot facility in La Mesa, surgeons and cardiologists can perform advanced procedures for heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. It also expanded capacity, housing four new cardiac catheterization labs, as well as four operation rooms.

The center is named after La Mesa residents Ed and Sandy Burr, who donated $5 million dollars toward the facility, the largest gift ever to Sharp Grossmont. The facility’s name was announced in late July during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, but the center opened its doors to patients this month.

Sharp Grossmont has been serving East County for 60 years.