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New Sharp Memorial Hospital Features All Private Patient Rooms, Expanded Emergency and Trauma Services and Family Waiting Areas
Date:1/8/2009

High-tech facility designed to meet critical needs of patients, families and staff

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Memorial Hospital, the flagship facility of San Diego County's most comprehensive health care delivery system, has completed a multi-tiered expansion to become the premier referral care center and first-of-its-kind facility in the region. The new 315,000-square-foot, 334-bed structure, named the Stephen Birch Healthcare Center, is also the first hospital in San Diego to open since 1993.

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"San Diego's hospital of the future is here," said Dan Gross, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations for Sharp HealthCare, at the facility's dedication ceremony. "This is the most important health care project to be completed in San Diego in many years, and it represents Sharp HealthCare's continued commitment to provide our patients and families not just what they need and expect but what they really want and deserve."

This commitment to patient-focused care is readily seen in the seven-story, $194 million project's patient rooms, all of which are private to enhance patient comfort, ease of care and infection control. Each room is large enough to feature a three-zoned layout giving caregivers, the patient and visitors their own spaces, including a comfortable pull-out sofa where a loved one can spend the night. Rooms also include a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. These features are provided at no additional cost.

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