Local hospitals, ranked

File photo/Temecula Valley Hospital
When the very first subdivisions in the Temecula area started going up in the 1960s and 1970s, the closest hospitals were a decent car ride away – children of some of the earliest residents of what was then known as Rancho California were born at Fallbrook Hospital, 20 minutes to the southwest. Today, it’s been about five years since that hospital shut down, but southwest Riverside County had grown tremendously, and there are now many more healthcare options a lot closer to home. But how good is each of these hospitals? The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that represents health care purchasers such as employer, releases hospital safety grades annually. Each of more than 2,000 hospitals across the country are assigned a letter grade from A-F. These rankings are accessible online at ww
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