Couple donates $25M for Scripps Clinic

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Scripps Health Tuesday announced a $25 million donation for construction of a six-story medical office building for Scripps Clinic.
 
The donation came from John and Eileen Anderson, whose son died of cancer eight years ago. John Anderson owned a Pasadena-based architectural and engineering firm, and is now retired and living in La Jolla. He and his wife also give to causes in Palm Springs.
 
Construction is scheduled to begin early next year on the building, which Scripps said will have space for cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, nephrology and endocrinology services. The building will also include four cardiac catheterization labs that will allow physicians to perform certain cardiac procedures in an outpatient setting.
 
"The John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion will serve as an integral part of the 25-year master plan to rebuild Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and will help serve the community's health care needs well into the 21st century," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health.
 
The Andersons have donated money for cardiology, orthopedics, internal medicine and urgent care at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital since 1985.
 
"We felt this donation would be an appropriate way to pay tribute to our son John and give others the opportunity to benefit from the medical expertise that our family has trusted over the past three decades," his father said.
 
He and his wife have served on the Scripps International Advisory Board.
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