Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is the most comprehensive place for heart care in San Diego.
Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
9888 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
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    Visiting Hours

    8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs or wishes.

Bringing you the future of cardiovascular care

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is the most comprehensive place for heart care in San Diego. Built upon a 90-year history of Scripps medical breakthroughs and discoveries, the center is also the largest on the West Coast for cardiovascular medicine, research and training that will help shape heart care around the world.

Patient-centered heart care in a one-of-a-kind setting

The $456 million Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in San Diego includes 108 private acute-care rooms and 59 intensive-care rooms, as well as two state-of-the-art hybrid surgical suites and as many as six catheter labs for interventional cardiology, diagnostic testing and digital imaging.

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Parking rates

  • First 30 minutes: Free
  • 31 minutes to 3 hours: $4 (each additional hour: $1)
  • Maximum per day: $10
  • Valet: Additional $5
  • Free parking for disabled visitors, expectant mothers and clergy
  • Disabled visitors can receive validation from a valet attendant
  • Expectant mothers can receive validation from the department they visit
  • Clergy can receive validation from the administrative office

Self-pay parking kiosks

Before you leave the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, parking fees must be paid using the self-pay kiosks. They accept all payment types (cash, debit and credit cards) and are conveniently located at:

  • Ground level of the underground parking plaza elevator lobby
  • Ximed parking structure elevator lobby
  • Parking lot C

If you prefer to pay with cash, an ATM is located on the lower level of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla near the elevators.

Transforming heart care

Our partnerships with the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Research Institute enable us to discover tomorrow’s heart treatments and therapies, using genomics, wireless medicine and minimally invasive procedures. Scripps Green Hospital was the first U.S. medical center to adopt genotyping for cardiac patients receiving angioplasty and heart stent procedures.

Scripps physicians helped pioneer several procedures that are now part of globally adopted standards of care. Scripps has led the way with several heart care “firsts” locally, regionally and nationally.

We’re helping set the pace of global biomedical design and innovation through collaborative work not only with research and science but also by reviewing and evaluating new ways to provide heart care. Scripps cardiac specialists and surgeons are participating in multiple clinical trials and testing new procedures, therapies and devices.

Training tomorrow’s physicians

Future generations of heart doctors and clinicians train at Scripps in our Graduate Medical Education Program.

Fellowships, clerkships and residency programs across the Scripps Health system are providing tomorrow’s doctors and practitioners with the skills and experience necessary to care and help manage the most complex cases. The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute will be home for Scripps physician accreditation programs for medical sub-specialties in cardiology, including heart failure and interventional cardiology.

Next-generation cardiovascular excellence across Scripps

Every year, more than 760,000 patients receive their care from Scripps, making it the largest heart care provider in the region. We’re are also ranked #1 regionally by U.S. News & World Report in cardiology and heart surgery, and in the top 20 nationally. Scripps cares for more patients than any other San Diego healthcare provider and offers:

Scripps is #1 in San Diego heart care

Scripps has come to define a standard of heart care that brings together the best medical teams, technologies and treatments to help patients with cardiovascular disease. The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute represents the newest chapter in the Scripps legacy of caring for heart patients.

Enhanced patient safety and design

In addition to the clinical excellence for which Scripps is known, the new era of patient-centered care at our new cardiovascular center incorporates evidence-based design elements that promote:

  • Enhanced patient rest and sleep in private inpatient rooms
  • Optimal contact and exposure with natural elements, colors and sunlight
  • The presence of family and loved ones who are welcome to stay overnight on portable beds or sleeping chairs in companion niches

The center also includes design elements to enhance patient safety and ensure a positive environment for recovery, healing and delivery of care. They include:

  • Convenient nursing station access to inpatient rooms
  • An advanced nurse call paging system
  • The latest safety features for inpatient private rooms and showers
  • Antimicrobial surfaces and finishes throughout
  • Centralized security in the lobby of each acute-care floor
  • Access for patients, visitors and staff to gardens and inpatient room views of a rooftop garden
  • In-room wireless internet access, flat screen televisions, and controllable lighting systems

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute combines clinical excellence with a unique holistic dimension that has been shown to help enable better patient recovery, faster healing and improved well-being. Learn more about the building (PDF, 480 KB) and patient rooms. (PDF, 330 KB)

Scripps partners with Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente and Scripps are working in partnership to provide premier cardiovascular services to San Diego County and beyond.

A gift from the heart

Through Conrad Prebys’ generosity, he is leaving a legacy that will save lives for years to come. In 2011, Prebys made a $45 million leadership gift to name the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. The donation from the noted San Diego commercial real estate developer and philanthropist is the largest in the history of Scripps Health, and it came straight from the heart.

When Prebys was a young boy growing up in Indiana, he stepped on a rusty belt buckle that triggered a life-threatening cardiac infection, forcing him to remain bedridden for a year. Decades later as a successful business leader with a significant personal fortune, Prebys decided to fight back against the heart disease that almost ended his life.

Prebys’ donation, which was made in 2011, is now a part of a permanent cornerstone of a 25-year master plan transforming the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus and reshaping health and heart care in San Diego for the 21st Century. In recognition of his donation, the acute-care hospital tower of the cardiovascular center is named in his honor.

Read more about Conrad Prebys or view the press release from his landmark philanthropic donation to Scripps.

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Modern architecture

Located at Scripps Memorial La Jolla, the lobby has a modern, open look.

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Design and windows

The curve helps us get to patients quicker. Large windows let it natural light.

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Convenient cafe

Located on the ground floor, the cafe offers a healthy, diverse menu.

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Main lobby lounge

Families and visitors can relax and wait in the comfortable lounge.

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Standard patient rooms

All 108 single-patient rooms have a private bathroom and pull-out couch.

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Family waiting areas

Your family will have access to quiet, comfortable spaces during your stay.

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ICU nurses station

A dedicated nurse's station is outside of every two ICU rooms.

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ICU patient rooms

We have 59 ICU rooms on two floors, with a nurse just 60 feet away.

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Surgical waiting room

Family can wait in our large waiting room during your surgery.

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Cardiac catheterization lab

We have three high-tech cath labs, with space to add three more.

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Operating rooms

Four state-of-the-art ORs feature the most advanced surgical technology.

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Hybrid operating rooms

Two hybrid ORs are designed for patients who need both surgery and cath lab.