Denny Sanford, Wygods join in funding new children’s health clinics in Oceanside

Children in North County will soon have their own “Castle of Care,” with the help of Sanford Health and Rancho Santa Fe residents Pamela and Martin Wygod and the Rose Foundation.

Plans to open a Sanford Children’s Clinic in Oceanside in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital were announced Wednesday morning at a press conference. La Jollans Ernest Rady and philanthropist Denny Sanford who has played an increasing role in the San Diego area of late, were on hand for the announcement.

A portion of the $2.5 million donation from the Wygod family will be used to purchase a 28,500-square-foot building at Ocean Terrace Professional Center, 3605 Vista Way. Sanford Children’s, will open a general pediatric clinic and in 6,000-square feet of the building, and Rady Children’s will consolidate four nearby specialty clinics into the facility.

Rady’s will provide primary care, psychiatry, developmental services, various specialty clinics and the Chadwick Center, all under one roof. Additionally, an urgent care, after-hours clinic for children will be available within the building. The entire facility is expected to open in Spring 2011.

In keeping with the “Castle of Care” theme, design features will include a “castle-like exterior and interior ... whimsical artwork and design details” in a setting tailored to children.

Pamela Wygod, president of the Rose Foundation, said in a press release that she and her husband “are honored to share the vision of bringing exceptional pediatric care to the Oceanside area. Sanford Health and Rady Children’s Hospital are to be congratulated on their collaboration to make this vision a reality.”

Martin Wygod is board chairman of WebMD Health Corp., a health information services provider. He is also involved in thoroughbred race horse breeding and racing. Pamela Wygod, is co-chair of the WebMD Health Foundation.

The Rose Foundation, which focuses on women and children’s issues, domestic violence, and health and wellness, previously made a gift for the Rose Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Kathleen Sellick, president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital said the “collaboration with Sanford Health represents a great partnership for excellence in care serving the north coastal community. The variety of services offered ... will provide parents with an expanded and vitally needed range of care.”

The Sanford Children’s Hospital system was launched in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a $400 million donation from Sanford, who recently announced a donation of $50 million to what is now known as the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. In 2008, he donated $30 million to the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, now the Sanford Consortium.

The Oceanside facility will be the third Sanford Children’s Clinic. The first opened in Sioux Falls, another in Duncan, Okla., in 2009, and one is set to open in Belize in 2011.