Support Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego

In 1890, Mother Mary Michael Cummings and a small group of Sisters of Mercy arrived in San Diego and established St. Joseph’s Dispensary in downtown San Diego. Through the years, the five-bed facility expanded and changed locations, ultimately becoming Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, in 1995.


Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest-established and only Catholic medical center. Its two campuses in San Diego and Chula Vista comprise the largest hospital in the county and one of the largest in the state. In its 2018-2019 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego as High Performing in heart failure, colon cancer surgery and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and nephrology.


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How the San Diego Campus Serves the Community

A nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma center, Scripps Mercy provides 24-hour emergency and trauma care and acute medical and surgical services.


  • Scripps Mercy Surgery Pavilion provides a full range of advanced surgical and outpatient capabilities.
  • A sophisticated, 24-hour telemetry system alerts bedside caregivers to life-threatening heart arrhythmias and low oxygen saturation in their patients.
  • The O’Toole Breast Care Center, accredited by the American College of Radiology, delivers a full range of breast health services in a warm, supportive environment.
  • Scripps Mercy serves as a primary site for the clinical education of more than 70 medical residents each year. These residents are trained and certified in Cardiovascular Limited Ultrasound Examination (CLUE). You can support our residents' training by joining the CLUE challenge now.

Leading the Way in Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

In 2007, Scripps launched the Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program under the leadership of Medical Director Carol Salem, MD, to provide patients with a revolutionary alternative to open surgery. Today, more than 2,500 procedures are performed annually. Through the advanced technology of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, our surgeons are able to perform more complex procedures while our patients experience less pain and discomfort, shorter recovery times and reduced risk of infections. Because of the enhanced precision and control it provides, robotic surgery is effective in cancer, cardiothoracic, gynecologic and other types of surgeries.


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Making Miracles Happen in Mexico

The Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (MOST) provides surgical care during week-long and weekend missions to Mexico. Dedicated volunteers work with children who have birth defects, burn scars, hernias, and crossed-eyes to bring hope and a brighter future to their lives. View our MOST page to learn about the program and how you can make a difference in the lives of many children.


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Support Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center

Scripps Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have partnered to create Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Diego that will provide adult cancer patients greater access to world-renowned oncology care available throughout Southern California.


Since August 2016, our two health systems have worked together to form patient-centric, multidisciplinary clinics, where each cancer patient will be seen by a surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist during a single visit. The first clinics will be established for four types of cancer — breast, thoracic, gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU).

Scripps Mercy Cancer Center Rendering

Convenient Downtown Location to Serve South County

To make care accessible and streamlined for patients, there will be two locations. Scripps Mercy, San Diego, will serve as the southern location. The interior design will give patients a sense of wellness and comfort – in mind, body and spirit. The Woltman Family Infusion Center will expand to include more patient therapy areas. A healing garden will provide respite for patients, families and caregivers. And the new center will be home to Scripps research and graduate medical education programs, allowing these teams to work alongside our oncology specialists and care teams. 

Scripps Mercy San Diego Cancer Center Outdoor Terrace Rendering

Make a Profound Impact on Patients and Families

There has never been a more promising time in cancer research, prevention and care. And there has never been a better time to invest with us in the resources our physicians need to continue the mission to defeat cancer. Help support the future of cancer care at Scripps MD Anderson.


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For more information, contact Mary Ball at 619-686-3509 or Ball.Mary@scrippshealth.org