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Fall 2004

Orthopaedics Moving to Santa Monica

UCLA’s Department of Orthopaedics will move most of its services to Santa Monica this fall, as a prelude to the opening of the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Plans call for all department services, except for trauma, pediatrics and hand surgery, to relocate to UCLA Healthcare’s Santa Monica campus in October. The department will see outpatients in the medical building across the street from the current Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Patients requiring surgery and subsequent hospitalization will receive care in a dedicated Orthopaedics Unit within the hospital.

“This is a key step in the unique partnership between UCLA Healthcare and Orthopaedic Hospital in downtown Los Angeles to make world-class orthopaedic services more accessible to the Westside,” says Gerald Finerman, M.D., chair of the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopeadic Surgery. “Eventually, all services will be combined within the new hospital.”

Under the partnership, Orthopaedic Hospital will relocate its inpatient services to Santa Monica when the new hospital, currently under construction around the existing Santa Monica-UCLA facility, is completed and ready for occupancy in 2007.

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