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Kaiser Eyes Temecula for New Hospital, Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente has submitted a pre-application for a proposed 1.2-million-square-foot medical complex at the northwest corner of Date Street and Ynez Road in Temecula.

Kaiser Permanente is eying Temecula for a proposed medical complex.

A pre-application has been submitted to the city of Temecula for a 1.2-million-square-foot medical center—including a 250-bed hospital—at the northwest corner of Date Street and Ynez Road near the border of Temecula and Murrieta, Patch has learned.

Details of the pre-application were not immediately made public by the city.

"A pre-application has been filed," wrote Patrick Richardson, director of development services for the city of Temecula, in an emailed response to Patch. "It is preliminary and subject to change. Kaiser has made no commitment to build at this point. They are in the information gathering stage."

A Kaiser spokesperson reiterated the medical care provider has not committed to the project.

"Kaiser continues to evaluate its services and the needs of the members of its communities," said Karen Roberts, director of communications for Kaiser Permanente. "The decision to build a medical center is based upon the needs of its members. There is not a commitment to build at this time."

The proposed location was described as ideal by Temecula City Councilman Mike Naggar, as it would be just off the French Valley Interchange, to the east of Interstate 15.

Naggar said the city has been in talks with Kaiser for “at least the past couple of years.”

“We have been talking, trying to attract a number of medical facilities,” Naggar told Patch Thursday.

According to Naggar, the pre-application filed by Kaiser means they are seeking comment from the city’s planning staff.

“With a pre-application, it pretty much lays out all of the city’s concerns and then Kaiser would have to go back and re-design the project...that would take about three to four months,” Naggar said.

It is possible that within a year and a half, Kaiser could return to the city for a series of public hearings before the planning commission and ultimately the city council, he said.

If the project were to come to fruition, it would mark the second such facility for the once hospital-less Temecula. The 140-bed Temecula Valley Hospital on Temecula Parkway should open next year.

RN67 January 07, 2013 at 02:13 PM
There is a NICU in the area it is at Rancho Springs Medical center and for the future the new Loma Linda in Murrieta is in the process of getting an approval on a new building that will be a satalite childrens hospital and in there current building they are also in the process of putting a NICU in soon. The NICU will be coming in 1-2 years and the expansion to childrens hospital is 3-6 years.
RN67 January 07, 2013 at 02:27 PM
There is a NICU already in murrieta it is at Rancho Springs new womens unit. Also the new Loma Linda Hospital in Murrieta is in the process of getting an approval to open a new building that will be a satalite childrens hospital and they are also going to be opening a NICU in there current building they have after they pass all the standards. Also next year a new hospital will be opening up off the 79 and they have yet to say if they will take pediatrics. Just give it some time, and our hospitals will amaze you.
Jenrn February 28, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I'm a nurse too, momof4, you took the words right out of mouth! I agree with everything you said. There's going to be good and bad experiences with every hospital. If you've moved here within the last 10 years, you must have know you we're coming to "rural" area as far as hospitals are concerned. Kaiser has done wonderful with putting in their medical offices and pharmacies here. Not to mention the contracts they have with all the non-kaiser facilities. Facility Transfers, wait times, etc are gonna suck no matter where you go. This new proposal for a local Kaiser hospital makes me feel like is paying attention to our community needs.
Jenrn February 28, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Wow, you sound so upset at Kaiser you're not even typing well or thinking clearly. Think about it. Kaiser is about as close to a one stop shop as you're gonna get! Even if you had Blue Cross PPO you would still have to drive somewhere to see a specialist!
Gandhi March 01, 2013 at 12:07 AM
GD, I actually WORKED for the LUSK Company, they OWNED ALL OF WHAT IS NOW MENIFEE, AND MASTER PLANNED IT. You dont need to tell me anything about this area. I have lived here 26 years. Most of you have no idea what "rural" really is!! Temecula didnt have a stop light when we moved here! Menifee is NOT the "Hub" of this valley believe me, Temecula, ON the I-15 is the most desireable part of the valley, I was in real estate here for many years, and this was always the area people wanted to live in, and the highest prices because of it. Another half hour or more to Menifee, most people are not interested in the ten degree hotter weather or the much longer drive. I am fully aware of all the building, politics and everything else thats beein going on here since 1987, I've lived here.

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