San Diego – Local developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys was honored at a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 1, 2010, for the Conrad Prebys Emergency and Trauma Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital. In 2006, Prebys made a $10 million gift — the single, largest philanthropic donation in the nonprofit hospital’s 120-year history — to help fund the expansion of emergency and trauma services.
“I’ve never been prouder than I am at this moment to be part of the Scripps Mercy family,” said Prebys at the groundbreaking event.
Through his donation, and continued philanthropic support from the community, the new emergency department and trauma center will double the square footage of the existing facility, with 43 beds and three trauma bays.
Scripps Mercy Hospital is the longest established hospital in San Diego, and operates one of the busiest emergency departments in San Diego County, with more than 51,000 emergency room visits each year. In addition, Scripps Mercy’s designated Level I trauma center treats more than 2,500 patients annually — the most in the county.
Construction of the Conrad Prebys Emergency and Trauma Center is expected to be complete by early 2013. It is part of an estimated $200 million hospital modernization and expansion project, which includes a $50 million campaign for community support.
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Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California.