|In this month’s newsletter, we highlight
information about the UCLA Westwood Replacement Hospital, scheduled to
open its doors in January 2007. This
one-of-a-kind facility will replace the existing UCLA Medical Center and
will be located across the street from the current building.
The planners of the largest and most ambitious project ever
undertaken by the University of California designed the new complex to be
the most technologically advanced and patient-friendly medical center in
While the typical office building requires 1,500 tons of steel,
the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is composed of 23,000 tons
of steel and 70,000 cubic yards of concrete; the new hospital’s
four towers are covered in travertine marble imported from Tivoli,
new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is designed to meet the
newest, most stringent seismic building codes. The steel columns are
two-feet square and weigh over 900 pounds for each foot of steel. The beams are more than three-feet deep.
All this translates into a stronger building. This structure
will be one of the first in California to meet stringent new 2008
California seismic safety requirements.
The hospital will
set the standard of excellence in 21st-century healthcare. UCLA
Medical Center has provided compassionate care to hundreds of thousands
of people over the past 50
physicians and professors have also helped train nearly 15,000 healthcare
professionals to use the very latest approaches and techniques, and
served to advance the science of medicine through outstanding research.
replacement hospital is designed to allow flexibility for ongoing
modification so that we can develop and quickly embrace new technologies
and new approaches to diagnosis and treatment as they develop. (read
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of a President
The new medical center will be named for late President Ronald Reagan
in recognition of a $150-million gift pledged in his honor by a group of
prominent Southern California civic and cultural leaders.
magnificent new medical facility will be a lasting tribute to my
husband's life and career," said Mrs. Reagan. "We are deeply
grateful to those whose generosity is making it possible." (read
Great Vision Becomes
Pei, son of architect I.M. Pei, served as chief design architect on the
UCLA Replacement Hospital project. Didi
Pei, I.M. Pei and the Pei Partnership created
a design that allows flexibility for ongoing modification so that
new technologies and treatment approaches can be quickly embraced.
This 21st century structure integrates gracefully
curving forms, profuse natural light and a people-friendly, human-scaled
interior landscape to promote healing and rest.
Medical Center was recently an exhibitor at
“The China International
Hospital Exhibition” at the China International Exhibition Center.
Visitors learned how UCLA will incorporate the most modern medical
technology with personalized services when the new Ronald Reagan UCLA
Medical Center opens. Didi
Pei attended the exhibition and spoke personally with many who visited
the UCLA booth. He demonstrated to visitors how the design not only meets
the project’s technical and scientific goals, but also creates a
hospital environment that is cheerful and healing, despite size – an
environment made for people, not just machines.
How Do You
Move a Hospital - Patients and All?
anyone who has ever moved residences knows, planning a few weeks ahead
cuts costs and chaos. Imagine coordinating a hospital’s move – complete with
equipment, staff and patients – the type of move that takes years of
in on the Ground Floor
The new hospital will have east, west and south
entrances to accommodate visitors arriving by car or by foot, and a
special entrance for the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.
Regardless of where you might enter the new hospital, the east,
west and south lobbies are interconnected by a wide corridor that makes
movement easy from one side of the building to the other.
The ground floor will house the Emergency
Department, Non-Invasive Imaging and Observation Unit, as well as the
Gift Shop, Pastoral Care, Patient
Care Services and Patient Relations.
An additional feature on this floor is a comfortable
indoor/outdoor waiting area for friends and family members of patients
undergoing a procedure.
more about the ground floor)
Plan for New Operating Rooms Embraces the 21st Century
The design of the new surgical suites in the Ronald
Reagan UCLA Medical Center will not only reflect the way surgery is done
in the present, but also how it is envisioned for the future.
An entire floor of the new hospital will be dedicated to
interventional procedures with 23 operating rooms, six cardiac
catheterization laboratories, eight procedure suites for interventional
radiology and 70 pre- and post-recovery spaces.
Each room will be a fully integrated
suite that will allow an orthopedic surgeon to perform arthroscopy on
one day and a general surgeon to perform a robotically assisted
gastrointestinal procedure the next day; any interventional or invasive
procedure can be performed in any room.
With sophisticated levels of recording and control systems,
surgeons can control the ceiling-mounted surgical equipment with just a
voice command or touch pad.
In light of technical advances in areas such as
endoscopy that have applications across a number of different
specialties, integrating the space for use by all the procedural
disciplines allows physicians and surgeons to work more closely together.
Many of the unique design features reflect the collaborative
vision of UCLA’s medical professionals for the future of surgery and
the entire United States, only about 400
similarly designed integrated operating suites exist.
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will be the only medical
facility in the world wherein each and every operating suite is
technologically advanced to this state-of-the-art level. (read
Special Place for Children
When the existing Mattel
Children’s Hospital at UCLA
moves across the street to the new hospital, it will be
housed on a floor especially designed for children, ranging in age from
newborns to adolescents and young adults.
This floor will also house women’s services related to
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and critical
isolation beds, as well as medical/surgical pediatric nursing units, will
all be located on the same floor as Mattel Children’s Hospital.
Each nursing unit will have its own minor procedure room so young
patients can undergo certain treatments away from their sleeping area to
avoid associating pain with their own room.
Children will also be able to enjoy the outdoors
without leaving their floor with access to an outdoor terrace.
more about the special features of the new Mattel Children’s Hospital
Above and Beyond the Normal Hospital Experience
For the past 50
years, UCLA’s doctors, nurses, and staff have provided compassionate
care and advanced medical knowledge so that the people of Los Angeles and
beyond have access to the highest quality medical care.
UCLA’s long-standing hallmark of excellent medical care will continue
when the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opens its doors in 2007,
enhanced by a wide scope of special services that go beyond customary
instance, every patient will enjoy a cheerful private room equipped with
a window seat that converts to a bed, allowing family members to room-in
with patients. Each patient room enjoys an abundance of natural outdoor
light through windows that overlook gardens, green spaces and gathering
places that surround the new building. ICU areas will also feature a comfortable sleeper
parking services will be available to save time and ease arrivals and
departures from the new hospital for both patients and visitors.
effects of massage therapy by a trained professional will be available
for patients or family members who desire it.
represent just a few special amenities from a long list of choices
tailored to individual needs and interests, all intended to promote
wellness and enhance the hospital experience for our patients.
Cancer Survivor Leaves His Mark on the New Medical Center with Three
Million Pounds of Travertine
the doctors at UCLA Medical Center saved the life of Carlo Mariotti, a
cancer patient who lived just outside of Rome in Italy.
Sadly, Mr. Mariotti lost his 14-year battle with a series of
cancers in 2004. This gentleman, grateful for the UCLA doctors’ compassionate
care that helped to prolong his life, thanked them in a way few others
could: with more than three
million pounds of putty-colored travertine.
beautiful, imported stone encases the outside walls of the new hospital.
Similar stone from Mr. Mariotti’s family quarry in Italy also
covers buildings such as New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sear’s Tower
in Chicago, and the Getty Museum in West Los Angeles. (read
Changes at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Monica Hospital, founded in 1926, is a 337 bed, acute-care medical center
dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the Westside and coastal
communities of Los Angeles.
In 1995, this well known medical facility joined the UCLA family
and was renamed the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.
the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center undergoes construction, so too
does this community-based hospital – a project that will add 315,000
square feet of new space. This unique, neighborhood friendly design will
enhance the hospital’s role as the cornerstone of UCLA Healthcare’s
Primary Care Network.
Monica-UCLA Medical Center has also established a strategic alliance with
Orthopaedic Hospital, which has located its inpatient services to Santa
Monica while continuing to serve the outpatient needs of the downtown
Many of our readers sent us their questions on a
variety of topics. Following
are a few of the questions and their answers provided by UCLA Medical
Please send any questions you have concerning next
month’s topic: Vascular Surgery and Heart Disease
Where is the new Medical Center located?
The new hospital will be
located across the street from the current facility on Westwood Plaza.
What will happen to the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and
the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital?
Will they remain in the same location?
Both the children’s hospital and
neuropsychiatric hospital will move to the new facility and combine
operations within the new million-plus-square foot facility.
Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA will
be housed on the fifth floor, especially designed for children and their
families and can be accessed through the hospital’s lobby via the west
UCLA’s Semel Institute (Neuropsychiatric
Institute) will be housed on the fourth floor and will have 75 inpatient
beds and an outpatient day hospital for 100 patients.
Which of the statements about the
new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is a true statement?
Answer: d) All of the
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