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Fall 2008

Operation Mend Helps Heal Deep Scars of War

10/01/2008


Mankin, injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, is introduced, along with his family, at a press conference. He is undergoing a series of facial reconstruction surgeries at UCLA.
A unique partnership between a military hospital, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and VA-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has been established to help several Armed Service personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, seven soldiers have been treated through this partnership.

Partnership with Army hospital

“It is a privilege for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to assist our country’s men and women in the military,” says Dr. David T. Feinberg, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and interim associate vice chancellor. “We are honored to partner with Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) to help heal several of America’s wounded warriors.” The surgeries will be led by Timothy Miller, M.D., chief of reconstructive and plastic surgery at UCLA and a Vietnam veteran. “These service members have given a great sacrifice to our country,” Dr. Miller says. “I feel it is my obligation to help them in any way I possibly can … and to the extent that I can, I am very grateful.”

Philanthropist makes it happen

Operation Mend was launched with the help of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center board member and philanthropist Ronald A. Katz, who recognized that providing excellent care to injured soldiers need not be limited to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Armed Services. The Katz Family Foundation will fund all uncovered costs of the project, while UCLA will arrange to house the patients and their families at UCLA Tiverton House. “It is a privilege for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to assist our country’s men and women in the military. We are honored … to help heal several of America’s wounded warriors.”

To view a video, go to:

http://streaming.uclahealth.org/operationmend





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