HOSPITAL/MEDICAL CENTER OF THE YEAR

RONALD REAGAN UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

Founded in 1955, UCLA Medical Center became Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2008, reopening in a new 10-story structure (eight above ground) that takes hospital design to a new level. The latest medical advances are provided in a welcoming environment that is filled with light and open spaces to enhance a sense of wellness and promote healing.

Situated on four acres on the UCLA campus in West Los Angeles, the hospital encompasses Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. This was one of the first total replacement hospital projects to be built in accordance with the latest California seismic safety requirements.

Every floor of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is dedicated to a particular specialty and equipped with all of the necessary support equipment and supplies. Every floor has its own satellite pharmacy, dialysis storage, respiratory therapy workrooms, and resident doctor sleep rooms. In addition, each patient room has the capacity to convert into an intensive care unit (ICU) to allow for the continuous care of a critically ill patient in one room.

Key hospital features include: surgical suites with full audiovisual integration systems and leading-edge medical equipment; the GONDA Observation Unit, run by a hospitalist team, a special short stay unit for patients requiring observation for a specific symptom; The BirthPlace, Westwood, which allows mothers to give birth and recover in a comfortable, home-like setting that easily and quickly transforms into an efficient operating room for the delivery; a level 1 trauma center with multiple trauma rooms and a dedicated-CT scanner which enables doctors to more immediately diagnose patients upon their arrival; intensive care units which employ a “line of sight” approach that ensures 360-degree access to critically ill patients; and room service food delivery allows patients to personalize their menu orders and arrange for their delivery at a convenient time.

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