Scripps Health broke ground today and marked the start of construction for the Scripps Clinic John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion. The $130 million medical office building — along with the adjacent Prebys Cardiovascular Institute — is part of a comprehensive master plan that will transform the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus and redefine health care in San Diego for the 21st Century.
Once completed, the six-story facility will house a variety of specialty services provided, including cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, nephrology and endocrinology. The building will also include four cardiac catheterization labs that will allow physicians to perform certain cardiac procedures in an outpatient setting.
Eileen and John “Jack” R. Anderson IV, longtime supporters of Scripps Health, donated $25 million toward construction of the facility. In honor of the couple’s generosity, the 175,000-square-foot facility will be named after their son, John R. Anderson V, who passed away from cancer in 2004. Construction on the building is projected to be completed in 2016.
“We are extremely grateful for the long-standing philanthropic support of the Anderson family, and this latest gift will create a lasting legacy for generations to come,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health president and CEO. “Scripps was founded through philanthropy and it’s the generosity of donors like the Andersons and others that has made us what we are today. And, it will be that generosity that will shape us into who we become in the future.”
In addition to their $25 million gift, the Anderson family has been a long-time supporter of Scripps. Dating back to 1985, the Andersons’ donations have helped support programs and services related to cardiology, orthopedics, internal medicine and urgent care at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital.
“We felt this donation would be an appropriate way to pay tribute to our son John and give others the opportunity to benefit from the medical expertise that our family has trusted over the past three decades,” said Mr. Anderson. “John had a lot of things in common with Scripps. He was a great thinker, an innovator. He was always trying to make life better for somebody else — and that’s what Scripps does. They’re doing great things here, and we want to make sure they can continue to help others the way they helped us.”
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