Scripps Health buys SD Hospice property

Scripps purchases property for $16.55M

SAN DIEGO - Scripps Health purchased the former San Diego Hospice facility and eight-acre property in Hillcrest Tuesday for $16.55 million, offering the highest bid in an auction in federal bankruptcy court.

Scripps will use the hospital to provide inpatient care for the terminally ill, according to officials with the health care agency, which launched a hospice service in February to provide options for the types of patients who previously had been referred to the now-defunct center from Scripps hospitals and physicians.

"We are very pleased to have this facility, which was designed and built specifically for hospice patients, so that we can further expand our hospice program," said Chris Van Gorder, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Health. "This unique facility and property are ideal for end-of-life care and will allow us the opportunity to serve our patients and the
community for years to come."

Scripps has provided home health-care services in the San Diego area for more than 25 years. Last year, Scripps Home Health provided more than 65,000 home visits to patients throughout the county, according to the agency.

In addition, Scripps' palliative-care program provides emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and pain-management care to patients facing severe illnesses.

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