Major Transformation Underway for SoCal Medical Center

By HCO Staff

CHULA VISTA, Calif.—Sharp Rees-Stealy Otay Ranch Medical Center is undergoing a significant transformation. The $86 million project consists of a new two-story medical office building with an urgent care center, advanced imaging technology and expanded services, as well as a 610-stall parking structure.

The new medical building is expected to open in 2025 and will help support the health care needs of the region’s growing population. It will add 60,000 square feet of space to the medical center at 1400 East Palomar Street — nearly doubling the facility’s size. The new construction will be attached to the existing medical center and connected by interior lobbies.

“We’re very excited to provide new and expanded services to meet the needs of the growing community,” said Stacey Hrountas, CEO of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers. “This expansion will provide more space and advanced facilities to ensure we can continue to provide the high-quality, coordinated care our patients expect and deserve.”

Once complete, the lower level will feature a state-of-the-art urgent care center, advanced radiology services and new lab. The second level will house specialty departments, including oncology, dermatology, audiology, and physical therapy for adults and children. Sharp Rees-Stealy Otay Ranch will remain open during the construction period.

“The expansion of our Otay Ranch medical center will allow us to provide outstanding care and The Sharp Experience to more patients and their families,” said Dr. Alan Bier, president of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. “It’s much more than an investment in our infrastructure; it’s an investment in the health of our community.”

Designed by HGW Architecture with DPR Construction serving as the general contractor, the expansion will take place in two phases. The first phase is already complete and includes the construction of a new four-level parking garage with capacity for 610 vehicles. The parking structure opened in December 2023. The second phase of the project is now underway, which includes the medical office building expansion.