A Brief History

An outgrowth of the original Sanitarium on the hill in 1905, the present 11-story Loma Linda University Medical Center opened on July 9, 1967. With the completion of the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in late 1993, nearly 900 beds are available for patient care, including at Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus and Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center. Loma Linda University Shared Services, a management service organization, supports the many programs and services provided by our 400+ faculty physicians.

We are also pleased to be involved with several outlying communities, including LLUMC-Murrieta and the Highland Springs Medical Plaza. Loma Linda University Medical Center operates some of the largest clinical programs in the United States in areas such as neonatal care and outpatient surgery and is recognized as the international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton treatments for cancer. Each year, the institution admits more than 33,000 inpatients and serves roughly half a million outpatients. The medical center is the only level one regional trauma center for Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

About the Area

Loma Linda University Medical Center is located in the heart of Southern California. The vast metropolitan area in which Loma Linda is located is commonly known as The Inland Empire, and is considered the crossroads of Southern California. Mountains, beaches, deserts, large cities, and small towns are all found in this unique, ideal location. Temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit on winter days. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 80 to 100 degrees.

World famous beaches such as Malibu, Laguna Niguel, and Newport Beach are only 45 to 90 minutes to the west. Opportunities for superb swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, and sailing allows residents to enjoy the prototypical Southern California lifestyle during their time off.

Mountain getaways are a short 30 to 45 minutes away and offer excellent climbing, hiking, and fishing throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Water-skiing and sailing are also options at nearby Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Lake Perris. Those interested in mountain biking have miles of challenging trails within five minutes of the Medical Center as well as easy access to the San Bernardino Mountain Range. Winters in the Inland Empire are clear and cool with spectacular views of snow-covered Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Bernardino, Mt. San Gorgonio, and Mt. San Jacinto. The winter snowfall covers the surrounding mountains, and residents routinely head to the slopes for some well-deserved skiing or snowboarding at the local resorts.