North County residents Paul Ecke and Ken Wood have been appointed to serve on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Community Advisory Board. As ambassadors of Scripps Encinitas, they will raise awareness about the philanthropic needs of the nonprofit hospital and promote its innovative patient care services and programs.
Paul Ecke III is the third generation of the Ecke family to support Scripps Encinitas, both as a volunteer and philanthropist. In addition to joining the hospital’s community advisory board, Ecke and his family recently made a generous gift to The Campaign for Scripps Encinitas, to benefit the historic expansion of its critical care services. Ecke is a third generation California rancher and the grandson of Paul Ecke Sr., who made Poinsettias synonymous with Christmas. He manages the family-owned Paul Ecke Ranch, which has been in its current location in Encinitas since 1923. Active in many civic organizations, Ecke is president of the board of directors of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation, the Poinsettia Foundation and the Encinitas Preservation Foundation; vice president of the Don Diego Fund and the Leucadia Encinitas Highway 101 Main Street Association; and serves on the boards of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, the Carltas Company and the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.
Ken Wood is an attorney and has served as corporate counsel with San Diego-based Rohr Industries. He has been in private practice in Rancho Santa Fe since 1974 and specializes in estate planning, real estate and small business. Wood has served as president of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and Santa Fe Irrigation District; committee member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, the Community Center Village Presbyterian Church and Rancho Riding Club; and board member and secretary of the Horizon Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Wood is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Business Administration and School of Law.
Ecke and Wood are committed to helping the board raise philanthropic contributions in support of The Campaign for Scripps Encinitas. The expansion is the largest capital campaign project in the history of North County, and will include a two-story, 60,000-square-foot critical care building that will house a new 27-station emergency department, twice the number on today’s unit.
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Contact: Kari Banigo