Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to open for patient care
UCLA's new state-of-the art academic medical facility — home to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA — will open its doors for patient care following the relocation of more than 350 UCLA hospital patients to the new structure. The move, which begins early Sunday, June 29, with a 5 a.m. relocation of the hospital's emergency services from the current hospital location to the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center facility, will involve the transportation of both acute- and critical-care patients by shuttle, ambulance and mobile intensive-care unit, with appropriate medical staff support. Roughly one patient will be moved every two minutes.
The following UCLA Health personnel will be available at 3 p.m. to discuss the move:
- Dr. David Feinberg, CEO and interim associate vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System
- Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor for medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Dr. Edward McCabe, physician-in-chief at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and executive chair of the UCLA Department of Pediatrics
Sunday, June 29. (Media availability at 3 p.m.)
Le Conte Avenue and Westwood Boulevard, UCLA campus
- Due to patient privacy issues, no filming of patients will be allowed.
- UCLA Health personnel available for move-update interviews at 3 p.m.
- B-roll footage and still images of the move available after 4 p.m. upon request.
The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei and his son C.C. Pei, is a technological and architectural masterpiece designed to meet the evolving needs of a 21st-century patient care and research center. With 520 large, sunny, private patient rooms, the new building maximizes personal attention and holistic healing. It is one of the first total-replacement hospital projects to be built in accordance with California's latest seismic safety requirements, put into effect following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Roxanne Moster, UCLA Media Relations, 310-794-0777 Caitlin Gadoua, Hill & Knowlton, 310-633-9443
Parking for TV trucks will be available in metered spots on Le Conte Avenue, near Westwood Boulevard; other vehicles may park in Lot 1 off of Gayley Avenue, north of Le Conte Avenue.