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A grand opening celebration was held July 2 for the completion of the second and final phase of the $94 million Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas expansion.

This phase includes the new 72,321-square-foot Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion, which has an emergency department and inpatient rooms.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. was the expansion project's general contractor, and Perkins + Will was the architectural that designed the facility.

Other new additions include new medical imaging technology, various infrastructure improvements on and around the medical campus, and a new 10,678-square-foot central energy plant -- which is the primary source for utilities serving the critical care pavilion and future patient care facilities at Scripps Encinitas.

“With the steady population growth in North County, this expansion helps fill a critical community need by broadening Scripps’ capacity to treat an ever-increasing patient demand,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health.

The Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion is named after the Leichtag Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that in 2009 donated $10 million toward the two-story facility.

The pavillion's expanded emergency department inside has 26 private rooms -- two can be used for resuscitation, while four can serve as isolation rooms for patients with suspected airborne illnesses.

The Leichtag pavilion's second floor is equipped with 36 private medical-surgical inpatient rooms used for patients recovering from surgery or acute illnesses, and for those admitted via the emergency department.

A rendering of the north end of the emergency room at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

This second expansion now puts Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas' inpatient bed count at 194.

New imaging technology inside the facility includes MRI, CT scanner and digital diagnostic X-ray units. All patient rooms have access to a telemetry system to provide continuous wireless monitoring of cardiac rhythm.

Other features of the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion include new ambulance parking bays and a heliport on the roof, for transporting patients by helicopter to a designated trauma center, or transporting newborns and pediatric patients in distress to Rady Children’s Hospital.

A series of garden areas were also planted as part of the ground level between the new building and existing hospital.

A terraced roof garden on the building’s second level has been planted with drought-tolerant native grasses and succulents, offering patients a calming view to promote healing.

The new building's design reflects its coastline setting.

The west-facing exterior features a series of panels that resemble sails on the water, while the east-facing side includes landscaped gardens and planted terraces reminiscent of the nearby hillsides.

The interior design carries a beach theme, with sand-colored flooring and countertops with sea shell accents.

Interior walls feature glass accent tiles and colors in blues, greens and whites, to evoke the tranquility of the ocean.

Scripps is also providing more than $6 million in public infrastructure improvements as required by the city of Encinitas, as part of the second phase of expansion.

These include enhancements to Devonshire Drive and to the southbound Interstate 5 off- and on-ramp at Santa Fe Drive. The master plan for expansion at Scripps Encinitas was approved in 2009 by the city of Encinitas.

These new facilities are made possible by a combination of income from operations and debt financing, philanthropic donations and donations by Scripps’ employees and physicians toward the expansion.

The campaign for Scripps Encinitas fundraising campaign is ongoing.

The first phase of expansion at Scripps Encinitas included construction of an 884-space parking structure, which opened in spring 2011.

The last new construction of patient care facilities at Scripps Encinitas was completed in 1991; it included expansion of the emergency department from six to 12 treatment stations.

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