By KAREN BILLING
The new Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center opened at Flower Hill Promenade on Jan. 27. The center’s staff members arrived for their first day of work to warm greetings and gifts of Clementine oranges, ready to treat the first patients booked for appointments that day. The happy greeting into the sparkling, state-of-the-art new center was just another part of the “Sharp experience”— to keep employees happy by being the best place to work, the best place to practice medicine and the best place to receive care, according to Stacey Hrountas, chief executive officer.
The Del Mar location is Sharp Rees-Stealy’s 21st in the region and helps reach its goal to expand its footprint in the North Coastal community.
“Being located in Flower Hill Promenade is a little bit different for us, a lot of our offices are stand-alone buildings but we’re excited about it,” Hrountas said. “We’re excited about being in the community and offering the Sharp experience.”
The center will offer family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, on-site laboratory and radiology services, plus specialties including dermatology, endocrinology, musculoskeletal clinic and orthopedics.
Many physicians are “double-boarded” in internal medicine and pediatrics.
“What makes that exciting is that they can work with a senior patient about their goals for health care and then their next patient is a pediatric patient,” Hrountas said, noting it’s nice for the physicians to have the ability to take care of a broad spectrum of the community.
The center is 29,364 square feet, which is more than four times the size of its Carmel Valley medical center. Some doctors and the entire OB/GYN department will be moving from Carmel Valley to Del Mar; the Carmel Valley location will continue to have family medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics and a laboratory.
Patients can park on the third floor of the parking garage reserved for Sharp Rees-Stealy and, for the best patient experience, are encouraged to enter the garage the back way on Flower Hill Drive off San Andres. There is a main entrance to the center right off the garage or patients can opt to take the elevator entrance near Whole Foods Market.
The theme of the new building is “nature and well-being” and that theme is incorporated into the design. A beautiful tree art installation lights up in the lobby revealing the words “nature” and “well-being” in the shadows of the branches on the wall.
Hrountas said the aim is for the center to be a “calming, healing and comfortable” experience with an arts and crafts-beachy design with soft lighting, light woods and stained glass accents throughout. There are lots of windows and cozy chairs throughout the waiting areas and there’s a wrap-around outdoor balcony that can be used for reception space with great Del Mar views and seats by outdoor fountains.
Sharp Rees Stealy further brings nature indoors with the use of Solatubes in the dermatology exam rooms that allow for abundant natural light.
A new feature implemented at Sharp Rees-Stealy centers last summer is the self-check-in kiosks. Patients can check in for appointments on the kiosks as well as update their information or pay co-payment fees. Del Mar is Sharp Rees-Stealy’s 12th facility with check-in kiosks.
A free community event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to introduce the center and staff to the public, as well as offer free health screenings with same- day results for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. Guests must RSVP at sharp.com on the events page.
In addition, Flower Hill Promenade health and wellness tenants are offering a variety of specials on Feb. 15, including mini spa services and giveaways from Spa Gregorie’s, yoga demonstrations from CorePower Yoga, frozen yogurt treats from Yogurtland, samples from Nothing Bundt Cakes and healthy cooking demonstrations from Whole Foods Market. Guests can also enjoy live music, catered food and fun take-home bags.