I work for Southwest at thier Inland Valley location, I am part of the new Grad Program that started in February, I love it!
Yes they have been in the press lately, and have been having some difficulty with the state, actually for the past 3 years or so this battle has been going on.
The administration and cooperate offices (UHS) have stepped up their response this last go around and really putting best foot forward.
I did my student nursing at these facilities as well for the past two years, and I am very proud to work for Southwest, I think the nursing and the management have been doing a fantastic job under the pressure and harassment from the State.
As far as competition goes, yes Loma linda is set to open in 2011, however with only 104 beds, this area is severely underserved, even with our new additions and LLMC comming here it still won't be enough.
As an added note SWHS is also beginning their hospital in Temecula that will open with 144 beds to start should be finished in 2013, it is set to be the oncology center.
Once the new buildings at Rancho are allowed to open, womens services and ER will move in there, Inland Valley is going to then start building a Cardiac center. Inland has also nearly completed their additions to the ICU and the ER.
PM if you want more information but if you are interested in being part of a growing successful industry then Yes Rancho/inland are great places to work.