(SAN DIEGO) June 21, 2022 – To help transform health care in San Diego, the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded Sharp HealthCare Foundation a $500,000 grant for its technology immersion lab at the future Prebys Innovation and Education Center in Kearny Mesa. The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

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

The simulation rooms will provide hands-on training to prepare workers for an ICU environment and simulate the chaotic nature of an emergency room. They also will incorporate technology, with enhanced audio and visual capabilities, that will improve training, observations, and debrief sessions.

Construction is currently underway on the center, located on the campus of Sharp HealthCare’s headquarters at 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd. in Kearny Mesa. It is expected to open in 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 VP and CEO of the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare. “Cox has been a leader in communication and information technology innovation, and the Cox Foundation grant to create the technology immersion lab in the Prebys Innovation and Education Center is a forward-thinking demonstration of their leadership in philanthropy.”

In addition to the $500,000 grant, Cox Communications previously made a $75,000 donation to the project. Both donations were made during a match campaign by the Conrad Prebys Foundation, which brings the grants’ impact to a total of $1.15 million.

“Sharp HealthCare is transforming how it serves our San Diego region, and Cox is proud to support its efforts as a technology partner and with this James M. Cox Foundation grant,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. “Our founder, for whom the Foundation is named, believed strongly in giving back to the communities we serve. Our company will continue to support organizations like Sharp HealthCare that keep our region healthy and save lives every day.”

The Cox donation also will fund meeting spaces and an auditorium where medical professionals locally and from around the world can share best practices, brainstorm innovative approaches to health care and tackle important medical issues. The 375-seat auditorium will utilize technology to bring audio capabilities and a better interactive experience to those who are hearing impaired.

About the James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including conservation and environment, early childhood education, empowering families and individuals for success, and health.

About the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare

Guided by the mission to improve the health of the community, the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare support Sharp’s respected regional medical centers and specialty hospitals through philanthropic investment and collaboration. Donations support every aspect of the not-for-profit health care system, from infrastructure and research, to state-of-the-art technology and the best possible patient care. The three foundations of Sharp HealthCare include Coronado Hospital Foundation, Grossmont Hospital Foundation and Sharp HealthCare Foundation. Together, they bring innovations and improvements to the organization, allowing Sharp to touch more lives than any other health care provider in San Diego. To learn more about Sharp HealthCare philanthropy, visit the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare.