Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Hear directly from our donors about what inspired them to give to Scripps Health in San Diego, California.

Husband and wife Warner and Debbie Lusardi, seen here smiling at the camera, gave a $25 million philanthropic gift to fund a much-needed expansion at Scripps Encinitas.

The Right Thing to Do

A generous gift from Debbie and Warner Lusardi will help fund innovation and expansion at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas from surgical suites and inpatient rooms to advanced pulmonary care.

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Judy and Don Oliphant and Terry Hackett

Honoring a Loved One by Saving Lives 

Philanthropic donations from Judy and Don Oliphant and Terry Hackett have created the first lung cancer screening program in San Diego for patients with an increased risk of lung cancer.

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Sandy Marriott Bertha

Family Matters 

Following the birth of her youngest grandchild, Sandy Marriott Bertha pledged $2.5 million to expand the mother/baby postpartum unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, which will be named in her honor.

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Robin Rady

Organization in a Time of Chaos

Robin Rady was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Now she is giving back by crafting and donating thousands of all-in-one, medical records organizers to help bring patients a sense of control during a stressful time.

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Donor Richard Woltman smiles at the camera while seated in a park.

Philanthropy Is a Full Time Job

Richard Woltman has been a dedicated supporter and volunteer leader of Scripps Mercy Hospital since 1995. Learn how his involvement took a more personal turn and what he is doing to improve patient care at Scripps.

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Donor Darlene Shiley talks a pleasant walk.

Paving the Future of Orthopedic Care

Learn how Darlene Shiley is shaping the future of health care through the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education, the Shiley Brain Research Center, and the Shiley Musculoskeletal Center.

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See Other Inspiring Patient Stories

Read our most recent issue of San Diego Health Magazine. You’ll get health tips from our experts, learn about innovative care and discoveries that are changing the way health care is provided, and meet people like you whose lives have been changed thanks to the care they’ve received at Scripps.