Scripps Health has closed escrow on the former San Diego Hospice hospital and eight-acre property in Hillcrest, which it purchased at auction in federal bankruptcy court for $16.55 million April 30. Scripps will use the facility for in-patient hospice care.
With the close of escrow, Scripps now officially owns the land and facility, which is situated on a bluff top overlooking Mission Valley. The sale has been approved by federal bankruptcy court and San Diego Hospice’s creditors’ committee and now becomes final after required notice was given to the state of California attorney general’s office.
“We’re pleased to take another step forward in preserving an important community resource for San Diego County families for generations to come,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “We are committed to honoring those who received care at this facility and those who have given so generously to support this location over the years.”
Scripps launched its hospice program in February to provide options for the hundreds of patients annually that had been referred to San Diego Hospice from Scripps hospitals and physicians. Scripps currently provides home-based care to approximately 200 hospice patients.
Scripps has well-established capabilities for in-home care, having provided quality home health care services to San Diego for more than 25 years. Last year, Scripps Home Health provided more than 65,000 home visits to patients throughout San Diego County. In addition, Scripps’ highly regarded palliative care program provides pain management, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual care to patients facing life-limiting illness.
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