Date ArticleType
9/11/2015 Member News
Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Wins Design Award

Modern Healthcare awards Scripps building bronze prize for efficient, stunning design

SAN DIEGO Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which opened in March on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, is the recipient of Modern Healthcare’s 2015 Bronze Design Award.

The 330,000-square-foot cardiovascular institute was described by one judge as having a “visually stunning exterior,” as well as a “convenient” interior whose layouts promote staff efficiency. “California is a decade ahead of everyone in requiring value,” he said.

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute – home to the largest heart program in the San Diego region — was designed to be expandable and flexible to accommodate changes in technology, which the judges also noted. HOK Architects of Los Angeles designed the seven-story, 167-bed hospital tower, which is named for local philanthropist Conrad Prebys, in honor of his $45 million donation.

Scripps was the lone award winner from California in Modern Healthcare’s 30th annual Design Awards. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in West Harrison, N.Y., and St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, Ore., won the gold and silver design awards, respectively.

In all, 58 entries were evaluated for overall design, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, flexibility, functional utility and response to family and patient needs.

In the story announcing the winners, Modern Healthcare reported, “There was general agreement that the winning entries succeeded in melding the healing environment and value-based design concepts into projects that achieved smooth workflows, patient-centered amenities and stunning visuals.”

Modern Healthcare is a national weekly publication that covers health care and is widely recognized as the industry’s leading source of health care business and policy news, research and information.


Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 600,000 patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health care services, 28 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of physician offices throughout the region.

Recognized as a leader in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine and wireless health care.  With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps hospitals are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best and Scripps is regularly recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at