March 23, 2011

09 CN: Adventist Hospital Draws 10,000 in Murrieta Opening

Adventist Hospital Draws 10,000
in Murrieta Opening

Loma Linda branch boasts 106 beds

BY KATHRYN STILES, director of marketing and communication, Loma Linda University Medical Center

A crowd exceeding 10,000 people was drawn to the February 6 opening event for Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)-Murrieta, a new 106-bed facility serving the southwestern corner of California’s Riverside County.

The four-hour open house drew the impressive crowd despite being held on the same day as the NFL Super Bowl game.

During the ceremony Bruce Christian, CEO of LLUMC-Murrieta, and Ruthita Fike, CEO of LLUMC, spoke about the opportunity to partner with a group of talented and dedicated physicians to provide high-quality health care to the community. Dr. John Piconi, board chair, and Dr. Jeff Conners, chief of staff, shared their vision for creating a community hospital with world-class medical services in the area. Murrieta mayor Randon Lane recognized members of the city council for their efforts to expedite the project and expressed his appreciation for the leadership and teams that created this world-class facility.

Event goers took tours of the hospital, seeing parts of the facility that will be closed to the public from this point forward. The hybrid operating room was a natural drawing point as visitors witnessed demonstrations of the $2 million Artis Zeego by Siemens, technology that allows surgeons to see in real time and with ultraclarity the surgical site. The critical-care unit, with all private, extra-sized rooms and the latest in patient-care equipment, is filled with natural light with its south-facing windows and glass sliding doors.

LLUMC-Murrieta will serve the communities of Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, and Lake Elsinore. LLUMC-Murrieta will provide quality medical care with a mission-focused team of medical professionals.