Temecula Valley Hospital’s first expansion project since it opened in October 2013 will expand cardiovascular and stroke services. It is well underway and it’s all in the name of better meeting the needs of the community and enhancing patient outcomes.
Dennis Frank, Chairman, Board of Governors; Andrew Ho, MD; Darlene Wetton, CEO; Mike Fencel, Group Vice President, Acute Care Division; and Mayor Maryann Edwards officially break ground on the Temecula Valley Hospital expansion project.
The 28,000 square foot addition will allow for the expansion and capability advancement of cardiovascular and stroke services, including two catheterization (cath) labs and a neuro biplane room. By adding two additional cath labs, Temecula Valley Hospital will be able to increase the number of cardiac cases that are accommodated. In 2016, there were nearly 1,800 cath procedures performed in our lab, which is almost double the national average per cath lab, according to research from the Advisory Board Cardiovascular Roundtable.
The neuro biplane room enables the hospital to provide interventional neurology services such as clot removal, aneurysm repair, carotid artery blockages, brain and neck tumors, and intracranial hemorrhages. Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer of Temecula Valley Hospital, says the hospital is already accredited by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. “By adding these services, we are working toward further accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This will help differentiate us as an advanced multidisciplinary neuroscience center in the region and help more people in our community and surrounding areas,” she says.
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Also planned are seven post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) bays, seven pre/post-operative care bays, an endovascular hybrid operating room, a new CT scanner and a community room for educational presentations and events. The hybrid operating room will be equipped with a large fixed-imaging system and support high-quality interventional imaging. Physicians will be able to perform procedures using real-time image guidance and assess effectiveness while managing perioperative complications.
Darlene states the hospital team is excited about the opportunities the expansion will provide to the hospital. “We are committed to offering enhanced services to meet our community’s needs,” she says. “By providing newer technology and expanded programs and services, our patients can experience better outcomes.”
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