Sharp HealthCare has received a $10 million gift from the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation to help fund the construction of a new facility at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
The contribution, the largest in Sharp’s history, brought the total amount raised as part of a capital campaign to $60 million, exceeding its original goal of $50 million. In recognition of the Birch gift, Sharp said it will name the new facility in honor of Stephen Birch.
The latest donation brings the total that the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation has donated to Sharp to more than $16 million.
“We are truly indebted to the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation for their vision and generosity,” said Bill Littlejohn, CEO of Sharp HealthCare Foundation, in a statement. “Their gift is a testament to their commitment to philanthropy and Sharp’s excellence in health care delivery.”
The $60 million capital campaign is the largest philanthropic effort Sharp has ever undertaken. Altogether, the campaign raised $50 million for Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, including the Stephen Birch Healthcare Center; $6 million for Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center; and $4 million in endowment funds.
The seven-story, 315,000-square-foot Stephen Birch Healthcare Center features 334 private patient rooms, a new and expanded emergency and trauma center, a new surgery center and state-of-the-art technologies. The $200 million cost to build and equip the facility was funded through a combination of operating income and cash flow, borrowing and philanthropic support.
The center is scheduled to open for patient care in mid-January.
, Heather Chambers