High Tech & High Touch

Scripps Health Radiation Therapy Center

Scripps Health’s new Radiation Oncology Treatment Center is not just another pretty face. Its three new linear accelerators provide faster, more precise treatments while the CT simulator produces 4-D imagery to provide physicians with vital information to develop more accurate and effective treatment plans.

From the moment of arrival, visual cues foster a sense of personal well-being while providing confidence in the high level of care and leading edge technology inside the building. Nestled within a new park-like setting, the building houses patient treatment and support space, as well as shell space for future expansion. The second floor features a private VIP entrance and a secluded rooftop healing garden with benches, paving, vegetative screening and a water feature focal point.

Our aim was to reinvent a typical patient arrival experience from an emotional, supportive standpoint. The design provides the framework for delivery of very personal, high level patient care in one of the world’s most advanced technology centers for treating cancer. Inside this state-of-the-art facility, patients receive radiation therapy with improved precision and shorter treatment times. Scripps Health is the second hospital in the country to install the TrueBeam STx accelerator by Varian Medical Systems. The $4 million machine utilizes 3-D imagery and high-dose, short-exposure radiation to attack tumors with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue.


Location: La Jolla, CA


Size 45,420 square feet