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Summer 2007

UCLA Unveils Hospital of the Future at Dedication Event

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which will feature the most advanced medical technology in the world and 520 large, private rooms for patients, was officially dedicated June 4 at a ceremony attended by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Gov. Gray Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams, architect and UCLA Medal recipient C.C. Pei, Rabbi David Wolpe and other dignitaries.

"Today marks the completion of the major construction of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center," said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Together, we've constructed a new foundation to build upon UCLA's traditions of incomparable medical education, groundbreaking research and unparalleled patient care. We now have one of the most advanced medical centers in the world."

When the new medical facility opens in 2008, it will encompass the operations of UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Architects I.M. Pei and C.C. Pei designed a beautiful, cutting-edge facility that incorporates the best ideas in medical science and patient care.

"Over the next nine to 12 months, we need to fit up the internal systems, install and test clinical and Internet equipment, and train more than 10,000 UCLA employees to ensure the most seamless hospital move possible," Dr. Levey said.





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