Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta opened its doors to the community over ten years ago with a special purpose: to make an incredible difference in the health and well-being of those who live in the southwest Riverside County communities.
Even before officially opening its doors, residents of Murrieta immediately welcomed the hospital. More than 10,000 people came out on Sunday, February 6, 2011 — a Super Bowl Sunday — to tour the new building. Since those first days, the facility has expanded, added new services, and welcomed hundreds of dedicated healthcare workers to the Murrieta community. LLUMC – Murrieta has adapted to the changing needs of the region and shown resilience in the face of many challenges. Through it all, each day, every person working at LLUMC – Murrieta has worked together to fulfill the mission of continuing the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
“Loma Linda University Health’s entire leadership team feels grateful to work with this talented, passionate team,” said Jonathan Jean-Marie, senior vice president/administrator for LLUMC – Murrieta. “Their commitment to providing excellent healthcare and living our values every day has been key to our progress and growth.”
During the last 10 years, Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta has served more than a million patients, received numerous accolades and earned a special place in the community.
Most recently, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the LLUMC – Murrieta team innovatively created a “hospital within a hospital,” transforming existing space such as the hospital lobby and several patient waiting rooms into a dedicated, mechanically-isolated COVID-19 unit. The unit boasted a negative pressure system, its own entrance, a separate emergency staff and separate equipment to prevent exposure.
In November 2020, the hospital experienced an unprecedented surge of patients. At one point, every floor in the hospital, except the fourth floor, was used to treat COVID-19 patients. The determined teamwork, perseverance and faith of the hospital’s employees ensured strength in the face of all odds.
“We were humbled to see how each of our employees stepped up to meet this historic challenge and helped us find solutions that allowed us to continue delivering the healthcare our community so desperately needed,” said Trevor Wright, MHA, FACHE, chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Health hospitals.
Despite the coronavirus hurdles, the hospital blossomed in the face of adversity, rooting itself in the excellence they have sought and achieved for ten years.
In 2016, The Joint Commission designated LLUMC – Murrieta as a primary stroke center. On a similar vein in 2019, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association presented the hospital with Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Quality Achievement Award.
In 2019, LLUMC – Murrieta became the first hospital in the region to offer the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure and has since completed 200 TAVR procedures. The hospital has completed many groundbreaking procedures for its region and continues to lead in its industry.
Newsweek magazine recognized LLUMC – Murrieta as Best Maternity Care Hospital in 2020 and again in 2021. The next year, the hospital achieved Honor Roll in Cal Hospital Compare’s 2021 Maternity Honor Roll. In 2018, preceding these accolades, the hospital opened a Level II NICU, enabling staff to take care of common premature infant problems, and started an OB Hospitalist program, offering 24/7 board-certified OB/GYN physicians for more robust patient care.
In 2021, US News & World Report gave the hospital high performing marks in heart failure, maternity care, kidney failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia.
The hospital continues to build on its past and looks forward to the future.
“We have accomplished so much in our first ten years,” said Wright. “Now, we turn our focus to the days ahead. With God’s blessing, our greatest days are yet to come.”