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Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta Holds Grand Opening Event

Feb. 14, 2011

Hospital administrators, along with city, state and federal officials, celebrated the opening of the new $211 million, 256,000-square-foot Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta on Feb. 4, 2011 with a VIP grand opening. Two days later, the public was invited to join in on the festivities at a grand opening event that included tours of the new facility, a medical helicopter and even a Super Bowl viewing party. More than 10,000 people attended the public grand opening.

The new five-story medical center, located in Murrieta, Calif., adds more than 100 beds to southwest Riverside County, a growing area that is in need of more medical care. Loma Linda-Murrieta includes a 19-bed emergency department along with intensive care, labor and delivery, operating and imaging services. The project also includes a 160,000-square-foot medical office building east of the new hospital. One of the key features of the medical center is a "hybrid operating room" that is designed to treat heart patients with less-invasive procedures and is the first of its kind in the area. Scanning equipment will be housed inside the operating room rather than somewhere else in the hospital.

Hospital officials are well-pleased with the work that Layton Construction Co., Inc., general contractor for the project, did in order to get the facility completed so quickly.

"We are the fastest built hospital in history," Bruce Christian, Loma Linda-Murrieta's president and CEO, said at the grand opening ceremony.

Layton completed the fast track project under a design-assist delivery method to help streamline Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) involvement throughout the preconstruction and construction phases. This, combined with Layton's experience and familiarity with OSHPD, helped to minimize delays and maximize the project team's influence. The project was completed in 26 months from the time the groundbreaking took place until the ribbon cutting ceremony, a feat that State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries dubbed the "Murrieta miracle" at the grand opening ceremony.

Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta is expected to begin accepting patients in March.

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