Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Hospital within Sharp HealthCare system
Industry Health Care
Founded Chula Vista, California (1989 — within Sharp HealthCare)
Headquarters Chula Vista, United States
Website Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center official site

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is most comprehensive medical center in Chula Vista, California, in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sharp Chula Vista is part of Sharp HealthCare, a San Diego health care company. Sharp Chula Vista features 343 beds, including 100 skilled nursing beds and 9 neonatal intensive care unit beds.

History[edit]

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center began in San Diego’s South Bay as an old 2-story house on F Street converted into a 14-bed nursing home during World War II. It later expanded, became licensed for acute care and was called Chula Vista Hospital.

Over the years, the hospital has grown to meet the needs of the growing South Bay community, adding a cardiac program and a convalescent center, among other programs and services. In 1989, the board of directors affiliated the hospital with Sharp HealthCare and it became known as Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

In 2012, Sharp Chula Vista expanded and renovated its emergency department, which sees more than 60,000 patient visits a year. The ED has 48 patient care beds and Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME) for minor injuries and illnesses.

Also in 2012, Sharp Chula Vista opened the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center. The Barnhart Cancer Center is the first in San Diego to offer the TrueBeam STx™ radiotherapy/radiosurgery system, as well as radiation therapy suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. The cancer treatment program at Sharp Chula Vista is certified by the American College of Surgeons and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

In 2014, Sharp Chula Vista became a Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital. With this designation, Sharp Chula Vista became the first co-located hospital and skilled nursing facility in the nation to receive this distinction, which recognizes achievement and innovation in patient- and resident-centered care.

In 2015, Sharp Chula Vista announced plans for a new, seven-story tower to open in 2020. The Ocean View Tower at Sharp Chula Vista will be the first new hospital in San Diego's South Bay for more than 40 years. It will include 138 private patient rooms, 6 operating rooms, 10 ICU suites and a rooftop cafe with indoor/outdoor dining and panoramic ocean views.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center has more than 450 affiliated physicians and nearly 2,000 employees. More than 90,000 patients receive care at Sharp Chula Vista each year.

Hospital Features[edit]

Sharp Chula Vista is a 343-bed hospital with the largest array of health care services in San Diego’s South Bay. Home to a comprehensive cardiac program, it also has a Certified Community Hospital Cancer Program and accredited Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Sharp Chula Vista offers open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, coronary stents and vascular surgery, as well as mechanical assist devices for the support of the heart and lungs.

The hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) treats more than 50,000 patients every year. In 2012, the ED was expanded and renovated to include 48 emergency treatment beds, a more comfortable waiting area, and increased privacy.

The Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, opened in 2012, offers cancer care featuring advanced treatment technology, and a unique healing environment. Using the latest technology in cancer treatment, the TrueBeam STx™ radiotherapy/radiosurgery system, treatments offered at the Barnhart Cancer Center include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. With this technology, neuro-oncology and other highly specialized cancer treatments are possible.

Sharp Chula Vista's surgical equipment for the operating suites includes the da Vinci® Si Surgical System to perform robotic, minimally invasive surgery, including single-site surgery for gall bladder removal. An Outpatient Surgery Center is also located on the hospital campus.

The Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center at Sharp Chula Vista is open to patients who, for religious or personal reasons, wish to avoid the use of blood transfusions during surgery. More than 90 physicians in 16 specialties, including cardiology, obstetrics and orthopedics provide transfusion-free surgery at the request of their patients.

Together, the 457 physicians and 1,400 health care professionals at Sharp Chula Vista provide care for more than 80,000 people each year.

Medical Firsts[edit]

  • The Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center is the first in San Diego to offer the TrueBeam STx radiotherapy/radiosurgery system for cancer treatment
  • The first hospital in San Diego County to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for oral tumors
  • The first local hospital to have an EMI total body scanner
  • The first local hospital to offer the da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System
  • The first hospital to pilot a medication reconciliation program to employ bilingual pharmacy technicians during admission to the hospital to reduce medication errors
  • The first hospital in San Diego County to install the GE Innova 3100 cardiac catheterization lab, which allows doctors to treat blockages beyond the heart and reduce radiation exposure to patients and staff
  • The first hospital to implement infusion-pump wireless technology to increase medication safety with better data and recording of medication infusions
  • The first in the region to use a state-of-the-art nuclear medicine camera used to scan bones, lungs, organs and the brain
  • The first local hospital to offer intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), allowing radiation to be administered with a high dosage to the tumor and a lower dose to surrounding healthy tissue
  • The first hospital in San Diego to offer WATCHMAN - a first-of-its-kind alternative to long-term warfarin (anticoagulant) medication for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • The first local hospital to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a surgical technique for treating aortic stenosis and a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery
  • The first local hospital to offer EP ablation, a minimally invasive option for treating atrial fibrillation (AFib)

Services[edit]

  • Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center
  • Chest Pain Center
  • Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center
  • Emergency and Critical Care Services
  • Endoscopy
  • Heart and Vascular Services
  • Hospice
  • Integrative Therapies like Healing Touch and Aromatherapy
  • Intensive Care
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Outpatient Services
  • Pre-Admissions Evaluation Services (PAES)
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Robotic-Assisted Surgery
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Spiritual Services
  • STEMI Center
  • Stroke Care
  • Weight-Loss (Bariatric) Surgery
  • Women’s and Infants’ Services

Awards[edit]

In 2016, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center was voted Best Hospital by readers of The Star-News and received designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care programs

In 2015, Sharp Chula Vista's Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center received a Ribbons and Shovels award from the City of Chula Vista, recognizing its outstanding design and appearance

In 2015, Sharp Chula Vista was honored by the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines Program Stroke Gold Plus Award and for being recognized on Target: Stroke Honor Roll - Elite

In 2014, Sharp Chula Vista received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Quality Achievement awards

In 2012, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s ED was the recipient of design awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGA) and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

In 2012, Sharp Chula Vista was honored by the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Program with the Silver Performance Achievement Award

Sharp Chula Vista holds Community Hospital Cancer Program certification from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

In 2011, Sharp Chula Vista became accredited as a Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

In November 2007, Sharp HealthCare was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. Sharp was one of five organizations to receive the award, which is the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. Sharp was the first health care provider in California and the eighth in the nation to receive this recognition. Sharp Chula Vista is a part of Sharp HealthCare.

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