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New Scripps Encinitas parking structure ushers in hospital growth

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ENCINITAS (CNS) - The opening of an 884-space parking structure at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas ushers in a new era of growth for the facility, hospital officials said Friday.

The five-level garage was the first construction project at the Santa Fe Drive campus in 20 years, but is just the first step in a $200 million expansion program.

"This represents the first new construction on our campus since the early 1990s and reflects our commitment to the community," said Carl Etter, the hospital's chief executive officer.

Hospital officials are planning a 60,000-square-foot critical care building that will more than double the capacity of the emergency room from 12 beds to 27. The second floor will have 36 acute care beds.

Construction could begin next year.

Funding for the building program is coming from a variety of sources, including $25 million so far in philanthropy, according to hospital officials. A Rancho Santa Fe family recently contributed an anonymous $5 million gift.

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