Event raises record-breaking $1 million for Scripps Mercy Hospital
Conrad T. Prebys, noted San Diego developer and philanthropist, was recently honored at the 38th Annual Mercy Ball in April 2008, for his continued support of critical care services at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Encouraging others to give to their community hospital, Mr. Prebys contributed a generous $500,000 challenge grant, helping Mercy Ball raise a record-breaking $1 million to support Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and Chula Vista.
In 2006, Prebys made an unprecedented gift of $10 million to support Scripps Mercy Hospital’s emergency and trauma department. The life-saving, transformational gift is the largest donation to the not-for-profit hospital in its 117-year history. In recognition of Mr. Prebys’ $10 million gift, a new critical care facility will be named the Conrad Prebys Emergency and Trauma Center.
Mr. Prebys’ $10 million gift to Scripps Mercy Hospital will be critical in enhancing and expanding emergency and trauma services at the hospital. Currently, the emergency department includes 27 beds (including two beds for trauma care) and is operating beyond full capacity. Mr. Prebys’ leadership gift will help to nearly double the size of the hospital’s emergency department and trauma center.
Mr. Prebys is president of Progress Construction and Management Company, a real estate and development company that he founded in 1966. During his career, he built a number of award-winning, residential communities sold to first-time home buyers. Currently, he owns and manages multiple apartments, condominiums and houses, as well as several storage facilities in San Diego County.
As a resident of Point Loma, Mr. Prebys wants to support his community hospital. “Scripps Mercy provides emergency and trauma care to a growing number of people in the county’s central and southern regions,” said Mr. Prebys. “It feels good for me to be able to give back in such a meaningful way to a community that has been so good to me. I really get a kick out of it.”
Scripps Mercy Hospital plays a pivotal role in assuring the health and well-being of residents who live and work in central and southern San Diego County: a primary service area of nearly 1 million people.