WHAT: 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.
WHO: The following UCLA Health personnel will be available at 3 p.m. to discuss the move:
WHEN: Sunday, June 29. (Media availability at 3 p.m.)
WHERE: Le Conte Avenue and Westwood Boulevard, UCLA campus
BACKGROUND: 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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Roxanne Moster, UCLA Media Relations, 310-794-0777 Caitlin Gadoua, Hill & Knowlton, 310-633-9443
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