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A New Destination Heart Care Center

Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
La Jolla, California, USA

“We are pleased to partner with HOK, an acknowledged industry leader, to build an innovative, patient-centric facility that reflects the most advanced health care design principles.”

Chris Van Gorder
President and CEO, Scripps Health

Located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital la Jolla, this seven-story tower is the region’s largest and most advanced center dedicated to cardiovascular care.

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute builds on a legacy of Scripps advancements in pioneering surgical procedures and research to provide the most innovative treatment options to patients with cardiovascular diseases. 

Close collaboration with Scripps administrators and clinicians helped the team design a facility that embodies the mission of Scripps with features that support the delivery of care, patient safety, staff efficiency, productivity and functional flexibility. 

The 167-bed hospital includes 59 intensive care beds, four operating rooms, two hybrid operating rooms, three cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab connected to centralized research labs, and a center for graduate education. 

Stacked brick and punched windows lining the north and west facades relate to the La Jolla campus and its architectural character while the curved glass curtain wall on the southeast delivers a message of transparency to the community.

To test design ideas, HOK’s team implemented a mock-up program by putting a modular building setting on one of the parking areas. The space featured key rooms at full scale, including operating rooms, patient rooms, and nurses’ stations. Users tested all aspects of the design including finishes, equipment, clearances, furniture, and furnishings.

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute represents the first phase of a master plan that is transforming the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus.



LEED-NC Silver anticipated


383,000 sq. ft. / 35,580 sq. m.


Interior Design


ENR California – Award of Merit, Health Care

Modern Healthcare Design Awards – Bronze Award


24 September 2015
“ENR California Recognizes Four HOK Projects as Best of 2015”
HOK News

22 September 2015
“HOK-Designed New Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Supports Patient- and Family-Centered Care”
The McMorrow Reports

5 September 2015
“Bronze Award: Prebys Cardiovascular Center”
Modern Healthcare

8 May 2015
“Prebys Cardiovascular Institute”
Healthcare Design Magazine

2 March 2015
“New Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Opens in Southern California”
HOK News 

18 November 2014
“Scripps Takes Possession of Prebys Cardiovascular Institute”
Medical Construction & Design 

26 November 2012
“The Best Medicine for Fixing the Modern Hospital”
Fast Company