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UCLA Health System Dedicates New Santa Monica Campus

Left to right, Posie Carpenter, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Dr. Eugene Washington, Dr. David Feinberg and Dr. James Luck at the dedication ceremony for the new Santa Monica campus of UCLA Health System on Sept. 9.  Photo by Thomas Neerken.
The UCLA Health System, one of the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world, dedicated its new Santa Monica campus September 9, 2011 in a ceremony attended by doctors, nurses, university officials, and business and community leaders.

Part of an extensive, systemwide rebuilding project, the new Santa Monica campus features the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; a branch of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA; the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital; and the UCLA Rape Treatment Center. The new buildings, located at 16th Street and Wilshire Boulevard, will open for patient care in early 2012.

“We are proud to introduce another pillar of our world-class UCLA Health System,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “The Santa Monica campus provides a magnificent environment for healing, and it strengthens UCLA’s capacity to offer the highest level of compassionate, state-of-the-art care to families in our local communities.”

Posie Carpenter, chief administrative officer of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, said the new campus will provide the full continuum of services, from neonatal intensive care to geriatric medicine, in a welcoming yet technologically advanced facility.

“Our Santa Monica campus will be a jewel of the UCLA Health System,” she said. “Supported by the best doctors, nurses and hospital staff, this campus will help us improve overall patient care and bolster our continued growth into an academic medical center with long-standing community ties.”

Key components of the new campus include:

• The Orthopaedic Hospital Institute, featuring an outpatient clinic for adult and pediatric orthopaedics, UCLA Department of Orthopaedics administrative and faculty offices, a library and museum-style display cases.
• 266 inpatient beds, most in private, spacious rooms that feature family space and sleeper chairs for rooming-in.
• A 22-bed adult and pediatric intensive care unit with the latest technology and 360-degree access to patients.
• Santa Monica’s only inpatient pediatrics unit, a 26-bed facility.
• Integrated interventional and surgical services, including radiology and cardiac-catheterization labs, 16 state-of-the-art operating rooms and pre- and post-anesthesia care units.
• A conference center with meeting rooms and a 90-seat auditorium.
• A new cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating.

“The new hospital is designed to create a comfortable, even home-like setting for delivering health care that will benefit patients, visitors and staff,” said architect Robert A.M. Stern, who, along with fellow Architects, designed the new building. “Additionally, we wanted to create a design that connected the Santa Monica campus with UCLA’s Westwood campus to clearly establish its identity as part of the UCLA Health System.”

The rebuilding project was launched in response to damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The new hospital was built to meet the latest seismic safety standards and can withstand an earthquake of up to magnitude 8.4, while redundant power sources will allow the hospital to operate for at least 100 hours following an earthquake without receiving any help from outside.

After patients have been safely moved to the new hospital in early 2012, the existing nine-story Tower building will be demolished to make way for additional landscaped gardens. A majority of the concrete and steel from the tower will be recaptured, ground up and recycled into new concrete and steel for future projects. Final site improvements should take about one year to complete.

Funding for the $572 million project was provided by multiple sources, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, bond initiatives, and donations from individuals and corporations.

A community celebration for the new campus will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Members of the public are invited for tours, health screenings, children’s activities, musical entertainment, refreshments and giveaways.

For event information, call 310-319-4471.

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