The Scripps Encinitas Gala fundraiser was held April 26, with proceeds going to benefit the hospital expansion project at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The event took place outside the hospital, and included a cocktail reception and tours of the new ER.
Marking its 50th anniversary in April 2014, Scripps Encinitas is in the midst of the largest expansion in its history. Scripps is now two-thirds of the way toward its $58 million philanthropy goal for expansion (having raised $39 million and needing another $19 million). In addition to philanthropy, Scripps is funding the expansion via borrowing and operating margin. Scripps Encinitas hosted the Encinitas Gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary and to help with current fundraising efforts for the expansion.
The centerpiece of the current expansion is the Critical Care Building. The 61,643-square-foot facility will house a 27-bed emergency department on the first floor, which will more than double the size of the current ER. The second floor will include 36 medical-surgical beds for patients recovering from surgery or acute illness. The new building will triple the current number of ambulance bay at the hospital, from two to six. The expansion also calls for the acquisition of new medical technology and the addition of two new surgical suites in the existing hospital building.