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New hospital planned for Temecula Valley

The Temecula Valley is one of the fastest growing populations in California today. With that growth naturally comes an increased demand for high-quality, convenient health care facilities and services. To meet this need, Southwest Healthcare System (SWHCS) is planning a new health care campus on Highway 79 south west of Margarita Road in Temecula.

The campus will feature a new acute care hospital, built with 172 beds to be increased to 340 beds. The hospital will offer a large emergency department, an intensive care unit, a cancer treatment center, and imaging and laboratory services. Two medical office buildings will house doctors' offices, giving patients convenient access to physicians.

According to Scott Crane, director of development in Riverside County, SWHCS is working to secure the necessary state and local permits so the projects can begin. The city is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the project and hopes to certify that document and approve the project before the end of 2007.

"The Temecula community understands that having this hospital and health care campus doesn't just mean that they'll receive great care when they're ill -- it also will provide resources, such as community education, to keep them well," says Linda Bradley, chief executive officer/managing director of SWHCS. "The community is very excited to see this hospital become a reality."

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