Our Community

ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY

Hemet, California is situated at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in South West Riverside County. As part of the Inland Empire, Riverside County is within minutes to hours away from a wide variety of recreational activities, including skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, surfing, sailing, professional sports, arts, music, and exceptional dining. Hemet is conveniently located close to big cities, yet offers a casual lifestyle free of the traffic and congestion of city life.

The area in which Hemet is located was first inhabited by members of the Cahuilla Indian Tribe. In the early 1800’s it became a cattle ranch for Mission San Luis Rey and was called Rancho San Jacinto. When the missions were broken up by the Mexican government in 1842, the land was awarded to Jose Antonio Estudillo. The Estudillo Mansion is currently being restored as a museum in the City of San Jacinto, located north of Hemet.

Beginning in 1939, The Ramona Music Association has promoted a wide variety of musical programs at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater, site of the California Outdoor Play The Ramona Pageant. Written by Helen Hunt Jackson, the play has showcased splendor, pageantry and passion since 1923 at the Ramona Bowl. Annually the Bowl is host to 7,500 to 10,000 concert attendees who enjoy the “Concerts Under the Stars” programs including jazz, country, inspirational instrumental music, Celtic, oldies but goodies, large choral, Dixieland and doo wop performances.

Other Arts and Cultural facilities located in the valley include The Esplanade Arts Center, Hemet Valley Arts Association Gallery and the Hemet Public Library. The internationally recognized Idyllwild Arts Academy is located about 20 miles east of downtown Hemet in the San Jacinto Mountains. The academy specializes in pre-professional training in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing, moving pictures and interdisciplinary arts for children in grades 9-12. The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program enrolls approximately 2,000 students, ages 5 – adult, in 8-week summer workshops taught by professionals, artists and instructors.

Hemet is also home to the Western Science Center Paleontology Museum, which houses a large collection of Ice Age fossils and Native American artifacts discovered during the excavation of the 4,500 acres Diamond Valley Lake. Opened in 2006, The Center has been designed to provide world-class facilities for research, curation and presentation of an exceedingly rare collection of specimens, including “Max”, the largest mastodon found in the Western United States; “Little Stevie”, a young mastodon that is the most complete specimen ever recovered in the inland region of Southern California, and “Xena”, a Columbian mammoth. The Center offers interactive exhibits, special events, lecture and workshops for all ages.

Other museums located in the valley include Ramona Bowl Museum, Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center, Hemet Depot & Museum, Fingerprint Kids Museum, Ryan School of Aeronautics Museum, Chaum-Mix Poki Soboba Cultural Center and the Patterson House Museum.

TRAINING SITES

The HVMC Post Graduate Medical Education Training Program links the resident with a general community hospital in order to provide an intensive, as well as practical, training opportunity.

Residents are primarily based at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, California with rotations at local physician offices and clinics. Residents may also rotate at Loma Linda University Medical Center for services not provided on the PHH campuses.

Radiology residents will also train at Hemet Valley Imaging, our outpatient partner, serving patients in the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley since 1972. With the latest advances in diagnostic imaging, specializing in whole-body CT scanning, including CT Angiography of all vascular areas, we have the only 64 slice CT scanner in the area able to provide the most accurate imaging of the heart and coronary arteries without the invasiveness of traditional angiography.

The Hemet Valley Imaging dedicated women’s center houses Hemet’s first all-digital mammography services. Other services include DEXA osteoporosis screening, digital x-rays, ultrasound, including needle biopsies under stereotactic or ultrasound guidance, and MRI’s utilizing the area’s highest field strength unit.

PARTNERSHIPS-AFFILIATIONS

Western University of Health Sciences
For 37 years, Western University of Health Sciences has had a special mission: Educating tomorrow’s health-care professionals with a combination of scientific excellence and a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care.
WesternU is one of the largest graduate schools for the health professions in California. Alumni rank among the top leaders in health care and medicine throughout the country and the world.

The University is home to more than 3,600 students in nine health sciences colleges and 21-degree programs, as well as more than 1,000 employees, and its main campus in Southern California is one of the most thriving enterprises in the Pomona and Inland valleys. WesternU Pomona, encompassing 22 acres, has helped transform downtown Pomona into a thriving mix of retail, commercial and educational enterprises.

The University also operates an osteopathic medical campus in the Pacific Northwest, in Lebanon, Oregon. This campus, known as COMP-Northwest, welcomed its inaugural class of 107 osteopathic medical students in July 2011 and has grown to more than 400.

All of the healthcare programs have professional accreditations, and the University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
Western University of Health Sciences

OPTI-West
OPTI-West is a western states regional consortium of osteopathic postgraduate medical education programs headquartered at Western University of Health Science, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. It is a vibrant, growing organization composed of five medical schools and over twenty training hospitals and community partners. OPTI-West is dedicated to and responsible for promoting and maintaining the highest excellence in postgraduate medical education in member residency programs. 
OPTI-West