Sharp HealthCare Foundation Receives $500,000 Cox Grant for Critical Care Training Center

Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Sharp

To help transform health care in San Diego, the James M. Cox Foundation awarded the Sharp HealthCare Foundation a $500,000 grant for its technology immersion lab in the future Prebys Innovation and Education Center at Kearny Mesa.

The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

The donation from the James M. Cox Foundation will help fund the five simulation labs at the Prebys Innovation and Education Center, where nurses and other caregivers will learn hard and soft technical skills.

The simulation rooms will provide hands-on training to prepare workers for a critical care environment and simulate the chaotic nature of an emergency room. They will also incorporate technology, with enhanced audio and visual capabilities, which will enhance training, observations and debriefing sessions.

Construction is underway on the center, located on the Sharp HealthCare headquarters campus at 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd. at Kearny Mesa. Its opening is scheduled for spring 2023.

“We are extremely grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Communications for their long-standing support of Sharp and the San Diego community,” said Bill Littlejohn, senior vice president and CEO, Foundations of Sharp HealthCare.

In addition to the $500,000 grant, Cox Communications previously donated $75,000 to the project. Both donations were made during a matching campaign by the Conrad Prebys Foundation, bringing the grant impact to a total of $1.15 million.

“Sharp HealthCare is transforming the way it serves our San Diego area, and Cox is proud to support its efforts as a technology partner and with this grant from the James M. Cox Foundation,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president. and regional manager of Cox Communications. “Our founder, after whom the Foundation is named, believed strongly in giving back to the communities we serve…”

Cox’s donation will also fund meeting spaces and an auditorium where local and global healthcare professionals can share best practices, brainstorm innovative approaches to healthcare and tackle important issues. medical. The 375-seat auditorium will use technology to bring audio capabilities and a better interactive experience to the hearing impaired.

Milton S. Rodgers