Scripps Health on Thursday evening will celebrate the grand opening of the Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center at Scripps Clinic.
The new center provides patients with access to a wide range of orthopedic and musculoskeletal services in one convenient, specially designed location on the first floor of the Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines Anderson Outpatient Pavilion in La Jolla. The center was made possible in large part by a $5 million gift from Darlene Shiley to support advanced orthopedic care and research at Scripps Clinic.
“Darlene Shiley and her late husband, Donald, have been instrumental to the expansion of programs and services at Scripps Health and we are grateful for their continued generosity and support of research and patient care,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Health. “Their dedication to serving the health care needs of our community will allow us to offer exceptional care to an even greater number of patients.”
The Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center will serve as a one-stop shop for the most advanced diagnostics, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation services, as well as routine and follow-up appointments. Patients at the new center will benefit from enhanced care as a result of centralized imaging services and orthopedic specialties including sports medicine, podiatry, spine surgery, hand and wrist surgery, total joint replacement, and complex foot and ankle reconstruction.
“When I learned about the exceptional work that was being done in research and with patient care at Scripps Clinic I decided to offer my support to help enhance the scope of services available to patients,” said Darlene Shiley. “I think for the scores of people with musculoskeletal issues, this is the place to be for world class care in San Diego.”
Musculoskeletal services already account for more than 100,000 patient visits at Scripps Clinic annually and more than half of all surgeries performed at Scripps Green Hospital. The need for orthopedic services will only grow in the coming years as the population ages and more people seek ways to maintain an active, mobile lifestyle.
Dating back to 1980, the Shileys’ philanthropic gifts to Scripps total more than $15 million, supporting programs and services related to heart care, orthopedics, neurology and clinical research. Their generosity has contributed to leading-edge research, education and care through the Scripps Clinic Translational Research Fellowship; the Shiley Pavilion; the Shiley Chair in Orthopedic Research; the Scripps Green Hospital Electrophysiology Laboratory; and the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education (SCORE), a state-of-the-art research center where the world’s first electronic knee (or “e-knee”) was implanted.
One of the earliest donations from Darlene Shiley established the Donald P. Shiley Visiting Lectureship and served as a Christmas gift for her husband. Donald Shiley was the founder and retired chairman of a pioneering biomedical firm that significantly advanced development and use of state-of-the-art medical devices in cardiovascular surgery, including the Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve.