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Landmark cardiovascular center opens at Scripps

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Area civic and health officials celebrated Thursday the opening of the $456 million Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Scripps Health touts the seven-story center as the most advanced facility dedicated to heart care on the West Coast, and will bring together researchers, physicians, staff and technologies.

"We designed this institute to be centered around our patients and their needs, creating an innovative environment for collaboration among some of the nation's most brilliant physicians, for ground-breaking research by world-class scientists, and for the diagnosis and treatment of the most challenging heart conditions," said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.

The 383,000-square-foot tower is named for Conrad Prebys, a real estate developer and philanthropist who gave $45 million to create the institute.

"In business, and in philanthropy, I want to be involved in projects that make me want to jump up and down with enthusiasm," Prebys said. "I'm overwhelmingly enthusiastic about this building because it symbolizes the caliber of expertise, technological advancement and care that patients receive throughout the Scripps system."

His gift was the largest he's ever given and the biggest received by Scripps Health, which performed 10,326 catheterizations, 3,682 electrophysiology procedures, 1,112 cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries, and 95 heart robotic operations in 2013. Scripps Health also provides heart care for Kaiser Permanente patients.

"Everybody who is involved with this -- you're going to change lives, you're going to save lives," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. "San Diegans are going to benefit for this cardiovascular institute for, literally, generations to come."

An open house is scheduled for Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 9888 Genesee Ave.

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