Our Opinion: Erecting a future

January 28, 2002

If anyone had questions about whether construction on El Centro Regional Medical Center is moving forward, those questions have been put to rest. Anyone driving past the hospital on South Imperial Avenue has seen the two-story walls that have been erected, forming what will soon be a new section of the hospital.

The expansion of the hospital is long overdue. It will allow the hospital to increase its services. That is a key step. As the city and Imperial County grow, the need for expanded and totally modern health care grows.

El Centro Regional's expansion will include a 48-bed medical surgical wing; an expansion of the emergency room, making it a 20-bed facility; a four-bed expansion of the intensive care unit; a rooftop heliport with direct access to the medical/surgical wing; larger entrances for both the emergency room and main lobby; a new surgical suite of five operating rooms; two specialized procedure rooms and a new centralized registration system.


Less and less do the people of the Imperial Valley need to travel to San Diego to get quality hospital care. They can find it in their own back yard.

El Centro Regional's expansion comes not long after Brawley's Pioneers Memorial Hospital more than doubled its size. While such projects are not cheap, they are necessary and show the hospitals are growing and improving with the times.

From intensive care services to obstetrics to cancer treatment and other specialized services, Imperial Valley hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics are providing the kind of care the people of the Valley should demand.

Not only do we have good facilities that are expanding to serve a growing community, we have quality doctors and nurses and other medical staff with the abilities to provide emergency, short-term and long-term care.

We look forward to continued growth in the local medical industry and to a time when Imperial Valley again has three hospitals — one in each of three largest cities: Calexico, El Centro and Brawley.

For the time being, we know we have two facilities prepared to meet our needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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