Darlene Wetton Named CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital
Darlene Wetton has been named as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Temecula Valley Hospital, a 140-bed, five-story acute care hospital that is planned for completion in fall of 2013. The new facility, now under construction on 37 acres of green fields at 31700 Temecula Parkway, will be the first hospital in Temecula’s 21-year history.
Ms. Wetton comes to Temecula Valley Hospital from Corona Regional Medical Center where she had served as Chief Operating Officer since January 2011. Prior to Corona Regional, she spent 28 years at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego, California where she served as Chief Nursing Officer before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
Frank Lopez, UHS Regional Vice President, Acute Care Division, said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Darlene Wetton to the position of CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital. Darlene is a seasoned health care executive with a solid administrative and clinical background. She has spent her career in Southern California and is eager to become an integral part of the Temecula Community.”
Temecula Valley Hospital will provide South Riverside County residents with a vibrant, leading-edge medical facility, bringing much-needed high quality healthcare services to the community. The new hospital was designed using a unique collaborative approach known as Integrated Lean Project Delivery --incorporating the latest technology, eliminating waste and increasing efficiency. A team of architects, medical professionals and construction experts collaborated with a common goal of building a cost-efficient facility designed around Service Excellence and patient-centered care.
With all-private rooms, a 20-bed intensive care unit, six high-tech surgical units, 40 emergency department bays and an advanced electronic clinical information system, Temecula Valley Hospital also will include an operations center that consolidates management, scheduling, housekeeping and engineering.
Temecula Valley Hospital is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.
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