Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Gala

A gala to celebrate the opening of the new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and to thank the donors and sponsors who made it possible was held Feb. 28 at the new hospital tower on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, named after San Diego businessman and philanthropist Conrad Prebys, is scheduled to open for patient care on March 8.

At the gala, guests had the opportunity to tour the new seven-story, $456 million hospital. Guests were also treated to an elegant dinner and live entertainment by William Close and the Earth Harp Collective.

Prebys was honored in recognition of his $45 million leadership gift to Scripps to support construction of the new hospital. The gala’s presenting sponsors were Prebys and Debbie Turner, and Helene and George Gould. The gala committee’s co-chairs were Prebys, Turner and Martha and Mike McKinnon.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is located at 9888 Genesee Ave., La Jolla.

Proceeds from the gala will help support the new heart hospital. For more information, please contact Scripps Health Foundation at or (858) 678-6340 or

Photos by Jon Clark.