Scripps Hospital in Encinitas turns 50

May 22, 2013 by  

Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, California, is turning 50, and has just begun a year-long celebration to commemorate the event.

Scripps caregivers, patients, and community leaders met earlier in the month in honor of Dr. Dwight Cook, who helped create the hospital.

In 1960, Dr. Charles Clark, along with Dr. Cook, put together a small office to house their medical practices. Herman ‘Pop’ Wiegand, a community leader, backed the doctors financially and, in 1963, they were able to begin construction of a 60-bed facility – the Encinitas Convalescent Hospital. The hospital opened a year later as a site where patients could receive extended care as they made their recovery.

The hospital had changed is name by 1966, removing ‘Convalescent’, to indicate it had received a license allowing it to treat patients directly and operate as a recognized acute-care facility.

In 1975, it expanded again, adding 34 beds, an ICU, and a full-service ER, changing its name to San Dieguito Hospital in the process. Three years later, Scripps bought San Dieguito and changed its name to the one it still bears.

In 1992, enjoying community support, Scripps added 60 more beds, plus a rehabilitation center and a birth pavilion. Scripps Encinitas currently has more than 150 beds and is planning to double the emergency room’s size and add another 36 beds.

As the celebration is planned to continue for a year, Scripps officials could work with brochure printers to create a piece to highlight events as they occur. The brochure could be designed with basic information and an insert that changes with the event.