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On Saturday, August 10, 2013, Temecula Valley Hospital invited the city of Temecula, and citizens far and wide to come visit their facilities with open house flair. Over 20,000 were expected throughout the day, in a steady stream of interested residents curious about the hospital, and what it will offer their future medical care once those doors finally open.
Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, was on hand to shake hands, listen and answer questions, and give volunteers a hug of thanks for a job well done. “Our volunteers have made this whole event possible,” said Wetton – who posed with Julie Landenberger and Joyce Reyes during a tour. “All of our volunteers are doing a wonderful job today. We’re excited at how many people are coming out to see what we’re all about.” Wetton said.
The hospital itself is still in final stages of completion; however individual self-guided walking tours were available, scheduled at intervals throughout the day. While waiting for tour times, the public was invited to visit the many staff areas set up under the half-dome tent.
Snack stations, with heart healthy treats such as fresh fruit, waters, and energy bars were available to any and all, while gourmet food trucks lined up curbside with delicious tacos, fish, and grilled delicacies served on the go. Boojum Institute offered rock climbing for any and all interested in the fun, team building activities, promoting their “BooJum Zombie Run” on October 26, 2013 at Galway Downs.
Once inside, visitors were readily able to see the primary of focus of this hospital, looped video monitor displays explaining details of rooms, the operating suites, ICU, Emergency care. As advertised on as advertised on the purple t-shirts and many posters and “Patient centered Family sensitive care.”
Bright, Temecula photographs mounted on aluminum backgrounds by www.metalography.com draw the eye and show the heart of the building.
On the first floor, from ER, treatment rooms, to surgical suites, the carefully laid out floor plan dictates “racetrack style” care that will quickly move patients through in emergent situations.
Families waiting for loved ones will be able to track their patients by number on monitors in the well appointed waiting room. And though this is a cardiothoracic specialized hospital, emergencies of all kinds can be brought here.
The specialties of Temecula Valley Hospital include: Emergency care, Comprehensive cardiovascular, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Stroke Care, Nephrology, Urology. Owned by Universal Health Services, Rancho Springs will continue to be the place for NICU, Women’s Health, with Inland Valley the trauma center for the area.
“This is not a trauma center, as Inland Valley Hospital serves in that capacity,” said Marcia Jackson, Business Development and Strategy manager of Temecula Valley Hospital. “However, this will be the place to go for emergency room care of all kinds. If you need to call 9-1-1, you have the right to ask your paramedics to take you to Temecula Valley Hospital, and unless there is a specific reason to take you elsewhere, that’s exactly what they’ll do.”
The top floors are mirrors of each other, with 40 private rooms per floor, with cardiac monitoring capabilities. “Once you are moved from the intensive care units to the floor, there would be no need to move a patient just for cardiac monitoring with this system.” Said Jackson.
Each bay of rooms is beautifully appointed with bright, colorful artwork, all celebrating Temecula. Wide windows provide vista views of the valley, showcasing the city that’s long awaited this hospital, and the added benefit of a shower in each bathroom. “There are 10 to 14 nurses per floor, all working 12 hour shifts, different than the 8 hour shifts originally suggested earlier this year.” Said Jackson. “There are 10 pods, or neighborhoods per each nursing collaboration station.”
Down on the Intensive Care Unit, once again family is offered the same 24-hour visitation privilege, sans the private showers. Walking through the ICU, All of the rooms are open, with doors angled for ease of entry, and 24-hour family visitation guarantees a sleeping chair in each room.
“Having had open heart surgery, I like the layout of the ICU rooms, and floor rooms. They are outstanding, and so nice to have private showers in the rooms,” Temecula resident John Meddis said.
Each room throughout the hospital has ready access to patient focused computer monitors. “This way, if there are any questions, they can call up answers right away, totally patient focused as to care.” Jackson said. “All of our staff believes in that vision.”
For those interested in health services, registered nurses gave blood pressure readings, handing out wallet cards with readings, and advice for whether or not to be rechecked in the future. Area charitable organizations were also on hand to lend their advice and promote future events, such as Jacob’s House, Michelle’s Place, and Hospice of the Valley.
Patients all will receive room service quality service. “Their meals will be available to order, any time of day, throughout the day.” Nutrition Supervisor Christopher Romero said. “Our Olive Branch Café (that pays a healthy nod to the Temecula Olive Oil Company in the artwork), offers a full range of heart healthy food for every diet, and the restaurant boasts three dietitians and an executive chef.”
One concerning point continues to be the growing pains of any new hospital. Final certification for Medicare payment will take approximately 30 days for the first 30 discharges. “These are admitted patients who will need to be discharged. Once that happens, we’ll have all of our Medicare and other paperwork ready to be filed, and be fully ready for everyone.”
To volunteer at Temecula Valley Hospital, seek more information here.
For more information on CEO Darlene Wetton, read her interview on The Temecula Grapevine.
For information on Job Openings at Temecula Valley Hospital, check the careers page here.