Doctors, nurses, University of California officials and local business and community leaders gathered Sept. 9 to dedicate the UCLA Health System’s new Santa Monica campus.
As part of a system-wide rebuilding project for the health system, the new Santa Monica medical campus features the UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica; a branch of the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA; the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital; and the UCLA Rape Treatment Center.
The facility located at 16th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica is slated to open for patient care in early 2012.
“We are proud to introduce another pillar of our world-class UCLA Health System,’’ UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “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.’’
Hospital officials said the new campus complements existing world-class services at 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.
Posie Carpenter, chief administrative officer of Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, said the latest complex will provide a variety of services, from neonatal intensive care to geriatric medicine.
“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 longstanding community ties.”
Some key components of the new campus are 266 inpatient beds; a 22-bed adult and pediatric intensive care unit with the latest technology and 360-degree access to patients; and Santa Monica’s only inpatient pediatrics unit, offering 26 beds, hospital officials noted. The campus also includes 16 state-of-the-art operating rooms and pre- and post-anesthesia care units, as well as a conference center with meeting rooms and a 90-seat auditorium.
Several services have previously opened, including the Nethercutt Emergency Center in 2007, which now serves almost 40,000 patients annually, and the BirthPlace in 2008, with a 16-bassinet neonatal intensive care unit, officials said.
“This wonderful new facility not only accommodates scientific and technical excellence, but also creates an environment that is healing,” said Dr. David Feinberg, UCLA Health System president.
More than 25 percent of the new campus is dedicated to green and open spaces.
Hospital officials explained that the rebuilding project was launched in response to damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the new hospital was built to meet the latest seismic safety standards.
After patients have been safely moved to the new hospital in early 2012, the existing, 9-story Tower building will be demolished to make way for additional landscaped gardens.
Funding for the $572 million project was provided from multiple sources including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, bond initiatives and donations from individuals and corporations.