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20 November 2014

Construction Complete on HOK-Designed Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

After three years of construction, Scripps Health has taken possession of the 383,000-sq.-ft. building, San Diego’s largest heart care-dedicated hospital.

“Rising seven stories, the exterior of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is a combination of glass windows, bricks and steel – all designed to complement and blend with the architecture of the existing hospital.

Scripps Prebys

“More than 200 individuals — including clinicians, leadership, architects and support staff — provided guidance on what was the best practice for cardiac patients. Based on this feedback, Evidence-Based Design and notable construction features are incorporated throughout, including:

  • A curved building shape to reduce the distance staff needs to travel to care for patients. Care providers have a less than 60-foot travel path from their work stations to the patient rooms.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows that incorporate natural light and views of nature. Studies show patients’ need for pain medicine was reduced by 22 percent when they are exposed to light and a view.
  • A three-tiered wireless infrastructure dedicated to enterprise, medical and consumer use that maintains maximum capabilities for clinicians.
  • All single-patient rooms designed with three distinct zones: the nursing zone with a sink, supply area and charting space; the patient’s bed area and the family zone.
  • Patient rooms will offer a variety of amenities, including wireless Internet access, LCD screen televisions and pullout couches so family members can stay comfortably overnight.
  • Located 1,600 feet away is a new central energy plant that will  provide air conditioning, heating, medical gas, steam, fuel storage, waste storage and emergency generators for the new hospital tower.

“The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan that will transform the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus.”

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