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Orthopaedics Unit


Orthopaedics Unit (3 North Wing)

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Orthopaedics Unit Brochure

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Orthopaedics Unit:
(424) 259-9430

About Our Unit

Welcome to our inpatient Orthopaedics unit! We know you have a choice in healthcare and thank you for putting your trust in us. We provide comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, surgical and rehabilitation services to adults and adolescents with musculoskeletal disorders. Located on UCLA’s medical campus in Santa Monica, our unit offers patients a beautiful, healing environment that is supported by cutting-edge medical science, advanced technology and a dedicated healthcare team.

Our professional registered nurses are committed to meeting the needs of patients and their families and work in partnership with physicians, support staff and the entire healthcare team to provide you with compassionate, patient-centered care. We believe patients heal best when they and their families participate in designing a customized care plan that optimizes their recovery goals. Please let us know how we can better serve you throughout your stay. We wish you a healthful and speedy recovery!

What to Expect During Your Stay

Plan of Care Update

Our nursing team has two shifts throughout the day, with shift changes occurring from 7-7:30 am and 7-7:30 pm. During that time, your nurse will review your care plan, including the scheduling of any tests or procedures, medications, meals, rest time, sleep needs and your overall comfort.

At shift change, your current and incoming nurses will exchange information at your bedside so you can ask questions and participate in your plan of care. For your safety and comfort, you will always be introduced to your incoming nurse. To ensure continuity of care, your nurse will address your questions, needs or concerns before or after shift changes.

Communication Boards

Patient rooms are equipped with whiteboards to help nurses and patients keep track of important information, including your care team, pain scores, treatment plans and frequently dialed phone numbers.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is one of the main goals for our patients. In partnership with the nursing team, our physical therapists support your recovery as early as the first day after surgery by collaborating with your care team to ensure a daily therapy plan.

Useful Information

Our Staff

Our Hospital Staff
Healthcare team members are distinguishable by the color of their scrubs:
Navy Blue ............. Registered Nurses
Olive Green .......... Patient Care Partners
Gray........................ Administrative Partners
Black  ..................... Lift Team
Light Blue ............. Physical/Occupational Therapists

All staff members should wear identification badges with their name and photo properly displayed.

Valet Service

Our hospital provides complimentary valet services and parking for up to 15 minutes to anyone dropping off or picking up our orthopaedic patients. Valet parking is available at our main entrance at 1250 16th Street. Please notify the parking attendant that you are providing transportation for an orthopaedic patient.

Internet Access

Wireless-enabled internet service is available throughout the facility. Simply log onto: Medguest. Accept the terms and conditions for
free access to our service. No password is needed.

ATM Machine

An automated teller machine is available on a 24-hour basis in the hallway outside our cafeteria.


We have interpreters for a wide range of foreign languages. If you need interpreter services, please ask your nurse for support.

Cell Phone Use

Visitors are asked to avoid talking on cell phones in the hallways and limit their use to patient rooms.

Gift Shop

Our hospital’s Gift Shop is open weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to serve the needs of patients and their visitors. The shop has gift items, clothing, jewelry, magazines, greeting cards, candy, toiletries, flowers and plants. The Gift Shop phone number is (424) 259-9922 or ext. 99922 from your room.

Your Safety and Security

Our nursing team completes hourly rounds to attend to your needs, comfort and safety. Team members will check identification bracelets before administering any medication, treatment or procedure.

Food Services/Signature Dining

We offer delicious and nutritionally balanced meals to patients as part of our “Signature Dining” room service from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Completed food orders are delivered within 45 minutes. Physician orders are required to order meals. Signature dining number: 96600. Our dieticians can provide you and your family with information on any special diets and discuss any nutritional concerns. Ask your nurse for more information.

Personal Items

We provide “Personal Care” cases for the safekeeping of dentures, eyeglasses and hearing aids. All other personal belongings such as clothing, jewelry and home medications should be sent home with a family member or friend to avoid loss or interference with medical procedures.

Visitor Guidelines

Visitors can be good medicine! We encourage family and friends to visit, but request that you respect the comfort and confidentiality of other patients by limiting visitors to two at a time and keeping noise levels to a minimum. Children under age 18 are only permitted with a supervising parent or adult and may not be left unattended.

We allow patients to have one overnight visitor. There are recliner chairs in each room and some rolling cots are available. Please speak to your nurse in advance if you would like to reserve a cot for an overnight visitor.

To protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors may occasionally be asked to wear personal protective equipment such as gowns, gloves or masks. If you have any questions, please consult your nurse. Please refrain from touching any medical equipment or using the restrooms in patients’ rooms. Visitor restrooms are available in the hallway near the elevators.

Spiritual Care

Our Spiritual Care staff tends to the spiritual and emotional needs and concerns of all patients and families. Chaplains participate as full members of the care team and will provide support and reflection during hospitalization. Patients of any faith tradition – or none – may request a chaplain visit for support and assistance in finding serenity, trust, strength and hope. The rituals and sacraments of each patient’s faith will be honored and provided, as available. To request a chaplain, please ask your nurse or call (424) 259-8170.

Quick Reference Guide

Medical Director
Jeffrey Eckardt, MD

Unit Director / Manager
Kimberly Ternavan, RN, MS/MBA
(424) 259-8200

Assistant Unit Director
Grace Liou
(424) 259-9320

Case Manager
(424) 259-8203

Charge Nurse
(424) 259-9343

Patient Affairs
(424) 259-9120