Temecula Valley Hospital is open for medical emergencies; heart and stroke procedures


TEMECULA, CA, April 7, 2020 – Temecula Valley Hospital and the Emergency Providers of Emergent Medical Associates want to remind the community that our Emergency Department is open for medical emergencies, including support for heart and brain procedures, relating to heart attacks, stroke and more.

At this time, when home isolation is often encouraged, we want to remind you this is not the same as medical isolation.  If you are having symptoms that could be an indicator of a medical emergency, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, trouble lifting your arms and weakness, please visit your nearest Emergency Department.  Please remember that your Emergency Departments are prepared and available to evaluate you safely 24/7.  Unfortunately, we have begun to see patients that have waited too long to come to the Emergency Department for their life-threatening conditions, due to an understandable fear of being exposed to COVID-19.  We would like to stress to you that prolonged medical isolation for concerning symptoms may have detrimental effects on your health and we encourage you to seek immediate medical care in these situations.

We have a special process for protecting our patients during medical emergencies and want to reassure the community that these procedures are in place at Temecula Valley Hospital.  To find out the signs and symptoms of a stroke, please visit https://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/services/stroke-services/understanding-stroke. For the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, please visit https://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/services/cardiovascular-center/chest-pain-survival-guide

If you are having mild respiratory symptoms or flu-like illness, it is best to stay home and manage your symptoms in consultation with your primary care provider.  This helps to protect you, your family, and the patients in the Emergency Department. However, should your symptoms worsen, or you have an injury, our Emergency Department is here for you.

Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital says, “Thank you for being our partners in the community and letting our Emergency Department continue to serve you during your time of need.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented time among our communities and in our healthcare system. It has led to extreme yet critical measures, such as social distancing and Safer-At-Home, in the hopes of keeping as many people safe and healthy as possible.

 About Temecula Valley Hospital

Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH), with a 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents featuring 140 private patient rooms.  TVH is the first Universal Health Services Hospital Emergency Department in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as a Geriatric Emergency Department. TVH specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general and surgical specialties and orthopedics as a recent Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries. TVH is nationally recognized for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and patients’ consecutive ‘A’ Grades for Patient Safety in Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, and Fall 2016.  For more information please visit https://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/about/news

About Emergent Medical Associates

Emergent Medical Associates are providers that understand your concerns and are committed to your treatment. EMA takes pride in providing superior levels of care to the communities we serve. Clinical Excellence and Compassion are key tenets of our Care Model. We will explain our treatment plans, answer your questions and work on getting you well and back to your life. Our goal is to make your stay timely, painless and efficient. For more information please visit http://ema.us/