Emergency Center Gets Cornerstone
In response to the explosive population growth of south Orange County, a cornerstone was presented Tuesday for a new emergency medical service center at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.
The $15-million Meiklejohn Critical Care Pavilion, scheduled for construction next year, is still $1.8 million short of funding.
Designed in 1974 to handle 1,500 patients per month, the current emergency room handles about 2,000 people each month.
The new, two-story, 45,000-square-foot center will handle the current patient load in addition to housing a 22-bed critical care unit.
Those interested in contributing to the center can contact Dr. Jay Young, chairman of the Saddleback Memorial Foundation, at (714) 452-3724.