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Temecula Valley Hospital resumes certain elective surgeries


Last updated 5/7/2020 at 5:36pm

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital and Southwest Healthcare System at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar were preparing to perform certain elective surgeries based on recent guidelines set forth by health care and state officials, starting May 4.

Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, and Jared Giles, CEO for Southwest Healthcare System, said while the hospital is ready to meet the surgical needs of their patients, they recognize that some individuals may have concerns about coming to the hospital while some COVID-19 cases are still being reported in the state.

“We want to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff during this challenging time,” both Giles and Wetton said.

To give patients greater peace of mind, the hospital implemented additional safety protocols that include: screening temperature checks and health questions being asked at entry points before anyone is allowed to enter the hospital; deep cleaning and disinfection; suspended visitation; as well as practicing appropriate social distancing.

The enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols also include the use of UV light sterilization, as a further method of disinfection.

The surgery teams at Southwest Healthcare System and Temecula Valley Hospital are working with physician offices to accommodate the scheduling of surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19, or that may have recently become a health priority. Patients are encouraged to contact their surgeon or physician for more information.

“The top priority is to ensure that we are providing a safe, quality experience for patients where they can feel protected during their hospitalization,” both Giles and Wetton said.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital and Southwest Healthcare System.


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