Campus Expansion - Stewardship Report

Breaking Ground on a Bright Health Care Future

Philanthropic Investment Allows for Expansion on All Campuses | Stewardship Report 2020

With philanthropic support, Scripps is expanding in treatment and care outcomes, innovation, research discoveries, and in our plans to care for the community far into the future.

An artist's drawing shows the future of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with a new medical tower.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla 

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for clinical flexibility so providers could easily pivot to meet each patient’s personalized needs. Philanthropy is essential to helping Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla continue its master plan to build a new, 433,000-square-foot hospital tower on the campus. The additional tower will provide a flexible use of space to facilitate changing patient needs and new technologies. It will also feature all private patient rooms, bridges connecting the two towers accessible on multiple floors, and essential enhancements of medical and surgical services. With anticipated completion in 2024, this new tower will include 96 beds across four medical/surgical floors, 12 medical/surgical observation bays, radiology imaging suites, operating rooms, and 51 flexible pre- and post-op rooms. It also will be home to a dedicated women’s center with 38 private rooms, 13 labor and delivery rooms and a nursery overlooking the Prebys rooftop garden.

An architectural drawing shows the future of Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.

Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego

Responding to exceptional growth in demand for services, the Prebys Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, will open in late summer 2021. Community support has been vital in providing a comprehensive range of cancer treatment and support services at the center, and represents the first new construction in Scripps Mercy’s master redevelopment plan. Part of Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, the 40,000-square-foot, four-story outpatient center is named in honor of the late Conrad Prebys, who, in 2016, pledged a $20 million gift to name the center and a $5 million gift for an endowed medical director position at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. You can play an exciting role in our growing educational programs, health care services, technology and campus expansion.

The Lusardi Legacy

Philanthropists Warner and Debbie Lusardi of Rancho Santa Fe recently gave Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas the largest donation in its history, a $25 million investment to help fund a new acute care hospital tower and pulmonary institute that are cornerstones of the hospital’s master plan. 

An architectural drawing shows the future of Lusardi Tower at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Thanks to a $25 million lead gift from Debbie and Warner Lusardi, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas will build the Lusardi Tower, a new, 224,000-square-foot hospital building. The state-of-the-art facility will provide 64 private inpatient rooms, surgical suites, intensive care and other facilities, and is equipped with the latest wireless technologies, flexible surgical suites, advanced digital monitoring and telemedicine capabilities. Scripps Encinitas is also establishing a hub to focus on pulmonary care with the Lusardi Pulmonary Institute, plus a new medical office pavilion that will provide dedicated multidisciplinary clinic space for Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, opening in spring 2021, on the south side of the first floor.


Your visionary support for Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas will serve as an important source of funding as we continue to advance health care and improve lives in our community.


Philanthropy will play a crucial role in plans for expansion at Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista, and Scripps Green Hospital as advancements continue to be made throughout the system.


Philanthropy is vital to the care, services and future of Scripps. Learn more about these vital fundraising priorities and how you can support the future of health care at Scripps. Please call John Ciullo at 858-626-5723.