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Temecula Valley Hospital expansion to facilitate greater emergency medical treatment needs


Last updated 6/6/2017 at Noon

The 140-bed, five story Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH), one of the newest in the Valley, includes a 21-bed Emergency Department, which is greatly needed in the Valley. TVH has reduced wait time for stroke patients needing a brain scan to less than 45 minutes far below other state and national hospitals.

This fact and other positive results of patients passing through TVH’s Emergency Room is revealed in ProPublica’s “ER Wait Watcher” survey made in the local area.

TVH, located at 31700 Temecula Parkway, in Temecula offers not only fast emergency room help but other featured services including; bloodless medicine, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, gastroenterology, nutritional services, orthopedics, outpatient services, palliative care, stroke services and surgery.

In May, TVH broke ground on its first expansion project since opening in October 2013. This project will allow TVH to expand cardiovascular and stroke service while advancing the capabilities of these programs.

The first floor expansion project include two catheterization (cath) labs, seven post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) bays, seven pre/postoperative care bays, a neuro biplane room, an endovascular hybrid operating room, a new CT scanner and a community room for educational presentations and events.

“These additions will help TVH better meet the needs of the growing community and allow the hospital to bring advanced care to residents,” said Marcia Jackson, TVH director of business development.

TVH, owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc., has received many awards and recognitions, including being named the Platinum Business of the Year 2016 by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce and receiving an “A” Grade for Patient Safety in fall 2016 and again in 2017 by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Awards. TVH is designated as a STEMi Receiving Center and Stroke Receiving Center by Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency and San Diego County Emergency Medical Services; Advanced Primary Stroke Center accreditation by the Joint Commission; and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target; Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

Excellent patient care is provided by TVH with 300 affiliated physicians, over 600 employees and 170 dedicated volunteers. TVH offers major specialty services, including open heart surgery through a clinical collaboration agreement with UC San Diego Health.

Patients themselves are treated as an integral part of the care team, encouraged to collaborate with doctors and nurses in making decisions that affect their care. There are no restrictions on visiting hours, and families are invited to participate in the process.

In 2014 shortly after the hospital opened, TVH was recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America Western-Pacific Region with a Merit Design-Build award. The awards program acknowledged the most outstanding design-build projects in the Western Pacific region area by promoting and recognizing the use and efficiency of design-build as a project delivery method.

The unique design of the building enhances patient care by placing the patient rooms in a circle around the nurses’ station in the center which also allows the doctors more time with patient visits.

All the rooms in the hospital are private complete with a bedside clinical information system, wireless cardiac monitoring, emergency services with bedside registration 24 hours a day, room service dining on demand, 24-hour visitation and décor featuring works by local photographers.

In addition, TVH has the cardiac catheterization lab/interventional suite, meditation areas, an outdoor dining area and homelike waiting areas for family and friends.

Leading TVH’s mission to deliver exceptional and compassionate patient care, transform the health care experience with compassion, trust, courage and innovation is Darlene Wetton, Chief CEO of TVH with her team. The leadership consists of Jared Amerson, CEO; Glen Christensen, CFO; Kate DiDonato, chief nursing officer; Marcia Jackson, director of business development; and Lori Hamilton, director of human resources.

For more information about Temecula Valley Hospital see or call (951) 331-2200.


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