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LLUMC-Murrieta Celebrates Milestone and Announces New Neonatal Intensive Care

Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta (LLUMC-Murrieta) is celebrating an important milestone this year. The 106-bed hospital, owned and operated by Loma Linda University Health, has now been delivering advanced care to residents in Southwest Riverside County for five years.

To celebrate, LLUMC-Murrieta will be hosting an open house, in partnership with Big Hearts For Little Hearts -Temecula Valley, on September 25. The celebration will include a 5th birthday bash for the first babies, a boy and girl, born on the day the hospital opened its doors.

Opened in 2011, the 256,000 square foot, state-of-the-art acute care facility owes its origins to the vision and dedication of a group of community physicians and investors who formed Physicians Hospital of Murrieta (PHM). Together the group purchased the land, hired an architect, and obtained regulatory approvals to build the hospital. Later, the project became a joint venture between PHM and Loma Linda University Medical Center. In December 2008 ground was broken and the hospital was completed in 2011.

The facility, along with its adjacent Professional Office Building, blends the latest technology with high-touch care, and a calming, healing environment, and brings high quality health care to the region.

In July, LLUMC-Murrieta announced a set of leadership changes as part of an enhanced strategic direction for Loma Linda in the region—a strategy that includes full integration of the Murrieta facility with the Loma Linda University Health system’s mission, vision, and quality standards.

Trevor Wright, chief operating officer for Loma Linda University Medical Center, has been named Murrieta’s interim administrator. Wright will be supported by Lyndon Edwards, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s senior vice president for adult hospital services. Peter Baker will join the Murrieta administration as vice president of operations. Baker has been Loma Linda’s vice president for business development.

Linda Soubirous is LLUMC-Murrieta’s Chief Nursing Officer. Soubirous began her nursing career at Loma Linda in 1988 as a critical care nurse in the surgical/trauma ICU, and most recently, was executive director of acute care nursing on the main Loma Linda University Medical Center campus.

“Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta is an important component of our system,” said Trevor Wright. “Loma Linda University Medical Center leadership remains committed to providing advanced, innovative healthcare to the Murrieta community.” Wright continued, “We have made a significant investment of technology, staff, and seasoned leadership as part of an enhanced strategy for Loma Linda in the region—a strategy that includes full integration of the Murrieta facility with the Loma Linda University Health system’s mission, vision, quality standards, and health care leadership.”

As the first hospital in the Murrieta-Temecula region to provide open heart surgeriesß and life-saving heart care procedures, LLUMC-Murrieta has cared for thousands of heart patients from San Jacinto, Fallbrook, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore and other surrounding communities, who needed advanced cardiology care. In August 2013, LLUMC-Murrieta became the first licensed STEMI (heart attack) receiving center in the region.

Since the opening of LLUMC-Murrieta, over 500 open-heart surgeries have been performed. LLUMC-Murrieta has saved hundreds of lives from sudden heart attack and cared for thousands of cardiology patients. LLUMC-Murrieta has treated heart rhythm disorders with its team of board certified electrophysiologists. As part of the LLUMC-Murrieta heart program, a dynamic heart health rehabilitation program helps our heart patients achieve lasting heart health improvements.

In July of 2015, LLUMC-Murrieta was designated as a certified Chest Pain Center by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international agency designed to improve outcomes for heart patients.

Earlier this year, LLUMC-Murrieta received designation as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission.

Among the clinical services being offered at LLUMC-Murrieta are a Back & Neck Pain Center, Behavioral & Mental Health services, Cancer Care, Emergency services, Heart Care, a Mother-Baby Center, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation services, Surgical services, a Women’s Diagnostic Center, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

In 2017, LLUMC-Murrieta will announce the opening of its new Neonatal ICU (NICU). This department will add six licensed beds, offering dedicated intensive care services to the most vulnerable of patients, newborns.