The Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center has opened its new campus, offering 266 inpatient beds, a 22-bed adult and pediatric intensive care unit, and a variety of other services.
Part of a system-wide rebuilding project, the new Santa Monica campus is comprised of 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 main entrance to the campus has returned to its former location at 1250 16th St., Santa Monica.
The new facility complements existing services provided by UCLA Health System facilities including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and more than 80 primary and specialty offices throughout greater Los Angeles, a hospital spokesperson said.
“Every patient who comes to us deserves the best, and every one of them, when they leave us, should be an ambassador to tell others about the great care and service they received at UCLA,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System. “This wonderful new facility not only accommodates scientific and technical excellence, but also creates an environment that is healing.”
Dr. James Atkinson, who oversaw the rebuilding project and serves as medical director at the campus, said of the Jan. 8 opening, “Today’s move marks the final stage in the transformation of this hospital from a private community hospital to an academic-community hospital that delivers world-class UCLA care to every patient.”
The Santa Monica campus will provide a full continuum of services, from neonatal intensive care to geriatric medicine, and serve as the inpatient home of UCLA’s highly regarded orthopaedic, geriatric and general medicine programs, Atkinson said.
Among the features of the campus are the Orthopaedic Hospital Institute, providing an outpatient clinic for adult and pediatric orthopaedics; Santa Monica’s only inpatient pediatrics unit, a 26-bed facility; integrated interventional and surgical services; a conference center with meeting rooms and a 90-seat auditorium; and a new cafeteria.
“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 designed the new buildings with CO Architects.
The hospital’s existing 9-story Tower building will now be demolished to make way for additional landscaped gardens.
Funding for the $572 million project was provided by multiple sources including Federal Emergency Management Agency grants, bond initiatives and donations from individuals and corporations.