Scripps shares plans for new medical building in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — Scripps Hospital shared its plans to build a medical facility in Oceanside during the September MainStreet Oceanside meeting.

Architect Randy Hanna, of Architects HGW, went over renderings of the 85,000-square-foot, three-story, predominately glass building, parking structure and connecting skybridge.

The building will be located at the former car dealership site on Jefferson Street and Vista Way. It will include solar energy and other innovative features.

Rick Wright, MainStreet Oceanside executive director, said the location adjacent to state Route 78 is ideal for easy access. Wright added development on the vacant lot is welcome.

Scripps Health officials said a property analysis was done prior to choosing the site, in order to find the most suitable location to serve Oceanside and North County patients.

The property was escrowed in January 2014. Then a study of patients’ needs was conducted to determine site services.

The building, listed on plans as an “ambulatory facility,” will provide a “broad range” of primary care and specialty care services, and include an urgent care center.

“We have met with local residents and business organizations in Oceanside during the last several months to share our vision, and the vast majority of the feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive,” Scripps Health officials said.

The Oceanside facility is expected to be a welcomed addition to the community.

“The new Scripps Clinic facility planned for Oceanside will add significant value to Oceanside residents and businesses by providing a broad range of expert health care services,” Scripps Health officials said.

Scripps Hospital filed building plans with the city this month. The planned build site has a commercial use designation, which allows for a medical office building.

“We submitted our initial application to the city of Oceanside Sept. 1,” Scripps Health officials said. “There will be a number of steps involved in the permitting process including studies, city staff reviews and public hearings. We will have a better idea on our timeline in the coming months.”

Plans will go to the city Planning Commission as part of the review process.

Site signs announcing planned construction are expected to go up by the end of the month.

Hanna told MainStreet meeting attendees the project is likely to break ground in about three years.

Hospital officials do not have a final building cost at this time. Funding for construction is anticipated to come from operating margin and philanthropy.

Scripps Hospital has invested significantly in expanding its facilities over the past few years. A new emergency department and patient care building was added to the Scripps Encinitas campus in 2014.

Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas offers a full range of clinical, surgical, rehabilitation and emergency care.

Scripps also has specialty care and primary care clinics in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo.

Additionally, Scripps has primary care and OB-GYN medical centers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Solana Beach and Vista. There are also Scripps radiation therapy centers in Encinitas and Vista.

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