The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is one of the premier medical centers in the country, and is consistently ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as among 5 best hospitals in the nation and best in the Western United States. The UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in Southern California and is an integral component of the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, which is situated on the Main UCLA School Campus. The UCLA campus is situated in Westwood, which is 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Westwood is unique in that it is predominantly a college village, offering a rich social and cultural environment, along with neighborhoods that offer independent housing.
The UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica is a newly rebuilt campus of the UCLA Health and includes a branch of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, with a focus on pediatric orthopedic surgery, oncology, and general pediatrics. The hospital is situated 4 miles from the UCLA main campus and 5 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. The UCLA Santa Monica NICU is a 16 bed BICU with an in-house delivery service (1,400 births/year).
A UCLA van service shuttles between the two hospitals, with service at 30 minute intervals throughout the day.