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Colonel Melissa Coburn Honors Veterans at Temecula Valley Hospital

Colonel Melissa Coburn, the first female commander of March Air Reserve Base in their 101-year history, honored Temecula Valley Hospital physicians, employees, and volunteers for a Veterans Day recognition event on Friday, November 1st. Attendees enjoyed a special presentation from the commander in the Hospital’s Heroes Community Room which is dedicated to local community Veterans, first responders, and military heroes.

“Our Veterans Day recognition event was a tremendous success.  It was such an honor to have Col. Melissa Coburn, as our keynote speaker.  We are indebted to all of our Veterans who have given service to this country,” said Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer of Temecula Valley Hospital.

Coburn presented a special thank you to our healthcare providers for the holistic healthcare provided to our patients, which often includes our Veterans. “For those of you who serve in the medical field, thank you.  I want to emphasize that it is all of you who have taken care of us. You have taken an oath to care for your fellow human beings and it is that oath that separates you, that makes you unique,” said Coburn. “On behalf of the members of Team March, thank you for all you do…we can continue to serve because you serve us!”

The hospital also had the honor of having the Presentation of Colors by members of the Navy JROTC from Chaparral High School.  The national anthem was led by the Inland Empire Southwest Women’s Chorus and each division of the military was recognized through the Armed Forces Medley of songs.

Please see the attached photo of Col. Melissa Coburn with Temecula Valley Hospital CEO Darlene Wetton and Temecula Valley Hospital Board Members. Pictured from left to right, Board Chairman; Maj. Gen. Claude Reinke (ret.), Darlene Wetton; CEO, Joan Sparkman, Jerry Hizon MD, and Joe Kuebler.

About Temecula Valley Hospital – Temecula Valley Hospital brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents.  The hospital features 140 private patient rooms; emergency care featuring ER Reserve; advanced cardiac and stroke care; orthopedics; and general and surgical specialties. TVH is nationally recognized for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and patients’ consecutive ‘A’ Grades for Patient Safety in Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, and Fall 2016.

The hospital also recently received Two 2019 Women’s Choice Award Achievements; One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and One of America’s Best Stroke Centers, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Target Stroke Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award and Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Achievement Award, The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement, 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare Rating, the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation, the honor of the Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces 2017 and 2018, has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment-including Cardiac Medical Intervention, Cardiac Rhythm Programs and Cardiac Surgery.  For more information, visit


Pictured from left to right, Board Chairman; Maj. Gen. Claude Reinke (ret.), Darlene Wetton – CEO, Joan Sparkman, Jerry Hizon MD, and Joe Kuebler.