Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute

Location: La Jolla, CA
Client:  Scripps Memorial Hospital
Architect:  Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum

Project Description:

Scheduled to open in 2015 at an estimated cost of more than $456 million, the 383,000-square-foot building will usher in a new era of medicine and transform heart care for generations to come. By combining the best of innovation and technology, plans for the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute will include:

  • 108 medical/surgical beds and 60 intensive care beds in private, single-patient rooms.
  • Nearly 100,000 square feet devoted to technology to help heart care physicians provide effective treatment.
  • Four state-of-the-art cardiovascular operating rooms
  • Hybrid operating suites that will accommodate both open heart surgery and catheter-based procedures, minimizing the need to move patients for separate treatments.
  • Clinical research on potential wireless technologies to offer improved patient care.
  • Diagnostic and interventional procedures that will be captured digitally and made available for physician follow up at the patient’s bedside, allowing for increased confidentiality.
  • Genomic medicine to provide patients individualized care plans as identified by genomic testing and counseling.
  • Centralized cardiovascular research labs
  • A Center for Graduate Medical Education for physicians


  • Facilitated Workshops and Visioning Sessions
  • System Design and Documentation
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural/Engineering Design Support


  • Structured Cabling
  • Wireless Access
  • Audio and Video Presentation System
  • Public Address System
  • Nurse Call and Patient Monitoring
  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS)


  • Up-to-the-minute technologies to guarantee timely diagnoses
  • Patient centered care in a healing environment, including medical grade wireless network
  • Environments in rooms are designed and feature advanced medical equipment to deliver a full range of advanced heart care.