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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.

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Those interested in contributing to the center can contact Dr. Jay Young, chairman of the Saddleback Memorial Foundation, at (714) 452-3724.


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