Renovated Cancer Treatment Facility Provides Healing Environment

New Scripps Clinic infusion room has views of the Pacific Ocean

Outpatient cancer treatment services now provides an aesthetically-appealing environment that was designed to enhance healing.

The Division of Hematology and Oncology at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines recently completed a five-month renovation to enhance its outpatient cancer treatment services – providing patients and families more than 2,000 square feet of unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and ornamental torrey pines. The 6,000 square foot renovation included an addition of 13 infusion beds, a patient education library, staff lounge and compounding area for medications.

“There is no doubt that the quality of an aesthetically-appealing environment can enhance healing,” said Alan Saven, MD, head of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. “Our goal with this renovation was to provide our sickest patients a spa-like atmosphere to receive treatments. Patients will spend most of their day here, and we wanted to provide them the best views and most healing place. This is certainly the best room in the building.”

The vision for the renovation began several years ago, when division physicians pushed for a larger and more comfortable space for their patients to relax and heal during treatments. The increased square footage provides an increased capacity to care for patients, and more space for the nursing and clinical staff.

“It takes a very special kind of nurse to care for cancer patients every day. So this remodel honors our nurses and staff by providing a special lounge and donated nursing library for them to relax, eat lunch and store their belongings,” said Michael Kosty, MD, medical director of the Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital. “So not only will our patients benefit from an enhanced healing environment, but our staff will have a work space that is designed with efficient, quality patient care in mind.”

The Scripps Cancer Center remodel is another example of why Scripps Green Hospital was recently named among the “100 Top Hospitals” by Thomson Reuters for the third time. For more information about the Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital, visit