Even after the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute opened in 2015, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla needed more space to care for patients. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for clinical flexibility, so providers can easily pivot to meet each patient’s personalized needs.
To provide superlative care — for patients now and decades from now — Scripps is continuing its master plan by building a 433,000-square-foot hospital on the La Jolla campus. The new tower will have private patient rooms; surgical, imaging and interventional radiology suites; and the flexibility to adjust to community needs and add new technologies as they become available and will fit seamlessly into the campus. Additional build-out of the campus is also planned in the next decade.
“Our plans have this new tower as a mirror image of the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, and the two will be attached to make it easy to move back and forth,” says Dale Mitchell, MD, a Scripps Clinic OB-GYN and Scripps La Jolla chief of staff. “That will provide easy access between inpatient facilities, the emergency department, imaging, surgery and outpatient care as well.”
The new tower will also house a revamped women’s center with 38 private rooms, 13 labor and delivery rooms, and a NICU, run in collaboration with Rady Children’s Hospital, with 10 private beds. A 150,000 square-foot medical pavilion will provide additional space for outpatient care, including an ambulatory surgical center and birth center.
“These facilities are designed to be tremendously flexible,” Dr. Mitchell says. “We don’t know exactly what San Diego’s health care needs will be in 20 years, but we want to create facilities that can be modified to meet future health care needs.”