LLUMC-Murrieta began with a group of dedicated community investors and physicians who formed Physicians Hospital of Murrieta. Together they purchased the land, hired an architect and achieved OSPD approval. At this point PHM sought a partner. The project then became a joint venture between PHM and Loma Linda University Medical Center. In December 2008 ground was broken and the hospital was completed in February of 2011. Due to the Affordable Care Act, which forbids practicing physicians from ownership of hospitals, the investors in PHM were bought out of the joint venture by LLUMC. On February 6, 2011, the hospital hosted a community open house event where over 10,500 visitors attended. Visitors got a preview of a world-class, high technology facility, spacious private rooms, expansive windows with breathtaking views, cath labs, surgical suites and much more. The hospital was licensed by the California Department of Public Health and opened for public care on April 15, 2011. In February of 2012, the hospital became the first and only provider of interventional cardiology services in the Murrieta-Temecula area. In August of 2013 LLUMC-Murrieta became a licensed STEMI (heart attack) receiving center. LLUMC-Murrieta, though only a few years in operations provides a high level of quality health care services. LLUMC-Murrieta is owned and operated by Loma Linda University Health, an entity that belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As part of LLUH, Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta is a unique blend of community, academic and faith-based medicine.