The Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion.
-- Image courtesy of Scripps Health

The Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion. -- Image courtesy of Scripps Health

Scripps Health announced the opening of the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion, which includes a new emergency department and inpatient rooms at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

The building bears the name of the Leichtag Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that in 2009 donated $10 million toward the two-story facility.

The 72,321-square-foot pavilion is the centerpiece of the hospital’s $94 million second phase of expansion, which also includes a new central energy plant, new medical imaging technology and various infrastructure improvements on and around the medical campus, Scripps said.

The first floor of the new building houses a 26-bed emergency department, with all private rooms, according to Scripps. Two of the 26 treatment spaces can also serve as resuscitation rooms, and four can serve as isolation rooms for patients with suspected airborne illnesses.

The new facility’s second floor is home to 36 private medical-surgical inpatient rooms, which are used by patients recovering from surgery or acute illnesses, as well as by patients admitted to the hospital via the emergency department.

The building is designed to reflect its coastline setting. A series of garden areas for families and staff are designed as part of the ground level between the new building and existing hospital, Scripps said.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the general contractor for the expansion, and Perkins + Will is the architect, Scripps said.

The expansion helps fill the need of the steadily increasing North County population, Scripps said.

As part of the expansion, Scripps is providing more than $6 million in public infrastructure improvements as required by the city of Encinitas.