Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in California has announced a $25 million naming gift from Warner and Debbie Lusardi in support of a hospital building and a pulmonary institute.
The largest gift in the hospital's history will fund construction of a three-story, 224,000-square-foot tower featuring additional operating suites and sixty-four inpatient beds for medical-surgical care, intensive care, progressive/intermediate care, and the new Lusardi Pulmonary Institute. When operational, the institute will provide a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care, including the hospital's existing interventional pulmonary medicine program, thoracic surgery and treatment of asthma, and care for sleep-related disorders. Construction will begin in early 2022, with phase one of the project scheduled to be completed by 2025.
Warner Lusardi, who co-founded Lusardi Construction Co. with his father in 1958, and his wife are longtime supporters of Scripps Encinitas and also have made gifts to the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.
"An investment of this magnitude will allow us to take a significant step forward for our patients, their families and the entire caregiving team, making Scripps Encinitas a top destination for health care," said Scott Eisman, physician chief operating executive at Scripps Encinitas. "We've seen demand for healthcare services increase steadily over the past decade at Scripps Encinitas, and with continuing population growth expected, it's critical that we take steps now to prepare for the future."
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