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Barnhart-Reese/Kitchell Complete New Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Sharp_final_photo_-_photo_credit_Emil_Kara_RSAN DIEGO, Calif. — Sharp HealthCare officials celebrated the completion of the Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Medical Office Plaza.


Developed and managed by Makena Medical Buildings LLC, the center was designed by NTD Architects and built by a joint venture of Barnhart-Reese Construction (formerly known as J. Reese Construction) and Kitchell. A $1-million gift from local philanthropist and construction leader Douglas Barnhart and wife Nancy has made way for move-in at the $36-million facility.

The new facility measures 45,000-square-feet over three stories, with the cancer center on the first level. Features of the center include a patient lobby and waiting areas, exam rooms, a resource center, physicians’ offices, conference rooms, nurse stations, CT scan rooms, indoor and outdoor healing gardens, and one of the nation’s only radiation therapy vaults with floor-to-ceiling windows. The design includes extensive use of natural lighting, rock gardens and interior atriums to provide a comfortably soothing ambiance in waiting, exam and treatment areas. A dual entrance design is featured to provide privacy for cancer patients receiving treatments.

The cancer center also includes a 2,000-square-foot Infusion center, housed on the building’s second floor. Designed to care for as many as six patients in lounge or private room environments, the infusion center also offers a peaceful outdoor roof garden. The second and third floors each feature more than 10,000-square-feet of medical office space.

Sharp Chula Vista is a 343-bed hospital in south San Diego County. Home to the South Bay’s only Community Hospital Cancer Program certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Sharp Chula Vista also specializes in cardiac care and bloodless surgery.

Photo courtesy of Emil Kara.

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Posted June 15, 2012

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