About the Medical Center

About UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's first hospital was founded in 1926 by two local physicians - Drs. William S. Mortensen and August B. Hromadka. In 1995, the hospital became part of UCLA Health.

Today, the newly rebuilt Santa Monica campus of UCLA Health encompasses the operations of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital; the UCLA Rape Treatment Center; and a unit of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

The campus provides the full continuum of services, from neonatal intensive care to geriatric medicine, in a welcoming and technologically advanced facility.

World-class Patient Care

The Santa Monica campus is a cornerstone of UCLA Health, featuring 265 inpatient beds and providing a holistic, caring, patient-focused environment.

  • Pediatric patients receive unparalleled care and treatment in Santa Monica.
    • 25-bed Pediatrics Unit, Santa Monica's only inpatient unit for children
    • 16-bassinet Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing high-tech, high-touch care for premature newborns and other high-risk infants
  • The Nethercutt Emergency Center serves more than 40,000 patients annually.
    • fastER, a fast-track service for minor injuries and illnesses that treats patients within 75 minutes
    • Onsite 64-slice CT Scanner that rapidly generates high-quality images and minimizes patient transport to diagnose stroke, chest pain, etc.
    • Designated the only "Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics" in Santa Monica.
  • Laboratory located below the emergency center contains nearly 9,000 square feet of space with the latest chemistry, hematology and blood-bank analyzers. The lab features a tube carrier system to quickly transmit blood samples and other specimens.
  • Mothers deliver more than 1,500 babies a year at The BirthPlace, Santa Monica, one of Southern California's most comprehensive and modern maternity centers. The BirthPlace features comfortable, home-like labor-and-delivery and postpartum rooms, exceptional nursing care, the latest in technology and a wide range of maternity classes to help moms-to-be and families make a smooth transition to parenthood.
  • The UCLA Rape Treatment Center (RTC) is a national model for the treatment of sexually abused adults and children. Experts offer comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims and their families, including 24-hour emergency medical care, forensic examinations, crisis intervention, long-term professional counseling, advocacy and accompaniment services. The RTC is the only facility in Los Angeles, and one of the few in the country, where sexual assault victims can receive all of the services they need in one place, 24 hours a day.
  • The UCLA Medical Building, located at 1223 16th Street, features eight operating rooms, two radiation oncology suites, a pharmacy and clinical offices for several Department of Medicine practices, including allergy, inflammatory bowel diseases, digestive diseases, pulmonary medicine, sleep medicine and nephrology. The 50,000-square-foot building is the health system's first to be designated as LEED Gold for sustainability.
  • Cancer care is provided in a 26-bed, dedicated Oncology Unit that combines the latest treatments and a healing environment with highly skilled professionals to achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • UCLA Radiology performs state-of-the-art imaging services in several locations throughout the Santa Monica campus. The Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center provides mammography and other imaging services in
    a spa-like setting designed for women.

The Alliance with Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital

UCLA and Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital joined in a strategic alliance in 1998 that led to the Orthopaedic Institute being built as part of the new hospital campus. The facility features an outpatient clinic for adult orthopaedics, the Luskin Children's Clinic for pediatric orthopaedics, administrative and faculty offices, a library and museum-style display cases. Orthopaedic Hospital also provides outpatient services at a clinic in downtown Los Angeles. All inpatient care is provided in Santa Monica.

Healing by Design

Spacious corridors, an abundance of natural light, soft hues and private rooms with comfortable sleep chairs await patients and families at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Designed by prominent architect Robert A.M. Stern in conjunction with CO Architects, the design of the hospital incorporates the modified Northern Italianate architecture of original buildings on the UCLA campus with the casual Mediterranean style typical of Santa Monica.

More than 25 percent of the new campus is dedicated to green and open spaces, including the 18,000-square-foot Harman Garden Plaza, where patients, visitors and staff can enjoy fresh air, sunshine and ocean breezes. (Take a virtual tour of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica)


UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(424) 259-6000 Hospital information

Netthercutt Emergency Center Entrance:
1255 15th Street
(424) 259-8400 Emergency dept.

Orthopaedic Institute
1225 15th Street

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