UCSD Sulpizio Center patient arrivals delayed by state process

State licensing delays have left the Sulpizio Center without patients on the day they were expected to arrive.. Courtesy: UCSD
State licensing delays have left the Sulpizio Center without patients on the day they were expected to arrive.. Courtesy: UCSD

A cardiovascular center that opened with great fanfare at UC San Diego last month still has no patients Monday because the state licensing process hasn't been completed, a UCSD Medical Center official said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 49-bed Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center was held on March 4, and hospital officials had hoped to have patients move in this past Sunday.

However, they are still going through the state licensing process, according to Kim Edwards of UCSD Medical Center, who said delays are not unusual with a big new facility.

She said licensing is expected to be completed in the next few days.

The four-story, 128,000-square-foot building has four operating rooms and four laboratories and shares an expanded emergency room with Thornton Hospital next door. The facility is designed to bring a number of disciplines involved in heart health under one roof.

UCSD began working on the facility six years ago upon receiving a $10 million gift from Gaby and Richard Sulpizio. He is a former president of Qualcomm and chairman of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center board of directors.

   
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