More hospital beds, more medical services and more healthcare jobs have come to Southwest Riverside County over the last year -- and a spokesman from says to expect more.
The 140-bed acute care Temecula Valley Hospital is expected to open in mid 2013. The new facility will feature private rooms and a 20-bed intensive care unit, as well as six high-tech surgical suites, digital imaging and an advanced electronic clinical information system, according to Brian Connors, director of marketing for Inland Valley Medical Center.
Temecula Valley Hospital, like Inland Valley Medical Center, is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services, Inc.
The foundation and underground work for the Temecula facility have been laid and Monday construction crews will begin erecting the building’s steel frame.
The still-to-be-completed hospital has already attracted healthcare service providers to the area, Connors said.
“There are doctor’s offices there,” he said, “and more are coming.”
The facility will join other new healthcare projects in the area.
Last February, Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta – also a Universal Health Services property -- was given state approval to by opening 16 emergency bays, four urgent care bays, two triage bays, seven labor and delivery rooms, 14 post-partum rooms, two maternity triage rooms, two surgical suites and two post-anesthesia care bays.
Last April, Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta opened its doors as well. It’s a full service, acute-care facility offering 106 private beds, four surgery suites, two C-section surgery suites, 19 emergency treatment rooms, two trauma treatment rooms, five labor and delivery rooms, 14 post-partum rooms and 12 critical care rooms.
“I think this is a good thing for local residents,” Connors said of the added facilities. He contends that the hospitals and doctor’s offices are bringing with them improved diagnostics and specialty services that haven’t been available to residents of the Elsinore and Temecula valleys until now.
“Residents will no longer need to drive to Orange County to see their doctor,” Connors said. “High-quality services will be offered here.”
Hundreds of blue-collar construction jobs and white-collar healthcare industry positions are being created as a result of the medical profession’s proliferation in Southwest Riverside County.
In Wildomar, Inland Valley Medical Center is the largest employer, according to figures from the Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s website. Rancho Springs and Loma Linda are Murrieta’s largest employers.
In Temecula, the healthcare sector also lands on top. Both Abbott Vascular and Professional Hospital Supply are currently based in the city, and both rank as Temecula’s biggest employers.