Expansion plans at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas took a step forward with the groundbreaking of a Critical Care Building, which will more than double the size of the hospital’s current emergency department and increase the number of medical-surgical beds by 43%.
The Critical Care Building is the centerpiece of the hospital’s $94 million second phase of expansion, which also includes a new central energy plant and various infrastructure improvements on and around the medical campus.
The population of the hospital’s surrounding area has increased by more than 20% during the past decade, according to the San Diego Association of Governments. During the same time period, the overall number of annual patient visits to the hospital has also increased by more than 20%. The Critical Care Building will be the first patient care facility to be built at Scripps Encinitas since 1992.
The Critical Care Building and central energy plant are being built on the site of a former parking lot on the southwest part of the hospital campus. Totaling 61,643-sf, the two-story Critical Care Building is expected to be open for patient care by early summer 2014. BD+C