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Foundation Laid for Hospital

A hospital is one step closer to being a reality in Temecula.

The foundation is laid at the site of a future hospital in Temecula.

Crews will start building the skeleton for the building this month, Public Works Director Greg Butler told the Californian.

After half a decade of false starts and blown deadlines, the gave Universal Health Services, the company building the hospital, a deadline during a heated meeting: have the hospital's foundation poured by February, 2012, or pay a $5 million penalty.

To read about what happened at the meeting,

that the facility would ever be built, but it broke ground in June. To read about the groundbreaking, .

Some city officials fumed during the meeting because Murrieta officials were able to conceive plans with Loma Linda University for a hospital and build the facility while Temecula was grappling with Universal Health Services.

To see a video of Loma Linda's opening,


Marilyn Schoeman January 05, 2012 at 05:51 AM
We have been waiting for this since moving here 10 years ago - we desperately need this hospital
Vicki January 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Council should have dumped Universal years ago. Would have been nice to have Scripps come in. Yay to Murrieta and Loma Linda.
JJ Mclure January 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
get laid
Brenda January 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Would have been awesome to have Scripps come in but after seeing how Temecula "handles things" do we really think they would? 1st rule of thumb, do NOT put all your eggs in one basket, or is that ducks? Ie 3 Universal Hospitals in the same area, within 5 miles of each other?
Jerry Simeon January 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I hope this will be a teaching and research facility also that will attract quality doctors, oncologists, and teaching physicians. I am certain that many of the community are not aware of the qualified and professional talent pool we have here in Temecula. Now we need to start building on the bio-research laboratories...... I agree, VICKI and BRENDA, my experiences with Scripps, Sharp, and UCSD medical have left me in awe of their work along with many of those who volunteer and support them (60 miles away). Where do I sign up to help build this facility??
Kim Teece January 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Temecula could not have chosen a worse location for the hospital. Ruining a long standing residential neighborhood with more traffic and siren noise. Crowding an already congested intersection. It's already a pain to travel 79 south with all the traffic lights. Not well thought out at all.
Corinne Federico January 06, 2012 at 04:15 AM
True...it will bring more traffic...but being here for 19 years...I agree we really do need this hospital...you have my vote =)
JJ Mclure January 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
the illegals bring traffic
Jason Schutz January 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Brenda, I agree completely with you and want to ad one more important aspect that Universal consistently failed state inspections in both Inland and Rancho Valley Hospitals. I was at a Temecula City council meeting where the council was planning a trip to Sacramento to demand the the state to stop "picking" on Universal and to pass the inspections (never mind that several life-threading infractions were found at both facilities) and the council would pound on Governors door if necessary. I'm thankful for Murrieta Councilman, Rick Gibbs and many others who were instrumental in getting Loma Linda open in record time. I'm not sure when the Temecula City Council discovered the truth that Universal being mismanaged and imposed phased penalties for not completing (or starting) the hospital, but better late then never. Scripps is wonderful and in hindsight I imagine the council would have sought them years ago.
Popeye January 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I like the location of the hospital. It will allow easy access for the residents our area. We do not have to get on a freeway. Less than 5 minutes you are at this hospital....Finally the build something on the south side of Temecula...

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