UCSD’s cardiovascular center opens after delay

One staff member posing as a patient was taken into one of the rooms with a full team of medical personnel who were spending 'a day in the life of the Sulpizio Center' last week. Photo: Jessica Logan/UCSD

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) certified the center for patient care after initially delaying it while the staff repaired problems with the water system and in the emergency room. It will be several weeks before ER service can begin, officials said.

The first inpatients transferred from other UCSD facilities on July 31, according to a UCSD press release.

The $227 million center has 54 new inpatient beds, four new cardiovascular ORs, four new cardiac catheterization laboratories, a new non-invasive cardiovascular laboratory, and outpatient clinics. Nearly 100 new employees, including nurses, telephone operators, technicians, security and a nutritionist, have been hired.

Kirk L. Peterson, M.D., is director of the center and professor of Cardiology and Medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine.

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