Support Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego

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 2021-2022 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego as High Performing in heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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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.

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).

A wide shot of Prebys Cancer Center, which offers convenience for central and south San Diego County.

Convenient Downtown Location to Serve Central and South County

From sophisticated medical technology and a collaborative approach to care to the comforting environment and personal supportive services, Prebys Cancer Center serves patients and their families in a convenient new southern location. The center is equipped with leading-edge radiation therapy equipment, including two state-of-the-art linear accelerators. The expansive 20-chair infusion center is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and surrounded by healing gardens and terraces. There are also patient exam rooms and office space for multidisciplinary care teams to meet with patients. And the new center is also home to Scripps research and graduate medical education programs, allowing these teams to work alongside our oncology specialists and care teams. 

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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Woltman College of Nursing

Woltman College of Nursing was started in 1903, as a three-year program under the name St. Joseph’s Training School for Nurses to meet the hospital’s expanding needs for nurses. Over time, Woltman College of Nursing became the place where most nurses in San Diego received their training and close to 2,000 nurses graduated before the school closed in 1970.


Adjacent to the new cancer center, the Woltman College of Nursing building will provide supportive services to patients and their families. Currently, the Woltman College of Nursing building is being renovated and restored to its former glory. After restoration, the Woltman College of Nursing building will once again be a crown jewel on the Mercy Hospital campus, serving the community as a hub of compassion and care for decades to come. Non-clinical programs and services will include: Spiritual Care Services, Integrative Medicine, Cancer Survivorship Program, Palliative Care, Graduate Medical Education, and Supportive Services.

For more information, contact Judah Crossland, Director of Development, at 858-554-3971 or

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.

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. Learn more about MOST.

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For more information, contact Carina Burns: 619-686-3559 or