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 2019-2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego as High Performing in heart failure and aortic valve surgery.
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).
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.
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.
Historic Mercy College of Nursing
Mercy 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, the Mercy 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 historic Mercy College of Nursing Building will provide supportive services to patients and their families. Currently, the Mercy College of Nursing building is being renovated and restored to its former glory. After restoration, the Mercy 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.
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.