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The Lockheed Martin Corp. announced today a pledge of $4 million to benefit the UCLA Health System's Operation Mend program, which provides reconstructive surgeries and other health care needs to U.S. military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with UCLA on the important work Operation Mend is doing to provide life-changing surgeries to military members who have been severely injured while serving our country," said Robert J. Stevens, Lockheed Martin chairman of the board and CEO. "We recognize that the sacrifices of our servicemen and women sometimes result in debilitating personal injury, and we are honored to help make a difference in those lives."
The gift will be equally divided between two areas of need. First, to help enhance patient experience during multiple surgeries and to accommodate patients' family members, the funding will support the renovation of the surgical waiting room and the pre- and post-operative recovery areas at UCLA, as part of the broader Ambulatory Surgical Center Enhancement Project, which includes adding four new high-tech surgical suites and a telemedicine video conference center.
Currently, the ambulatory surgery patient-recovery area is restricted, because it is an open unit. In the interest of protecting patient privacy and confidentiality, and for health reasons, extended visitation is not allowed. In a new patient recovery suite, family members and loved ones will able to visit.
Following surgery, Operation Mend patients will be transported to one of the four new private recovery suites, where the post-operative team will monitor blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate and pain. When the effects of anesthesia have diminished, visits will be permitted. The project will also add a private consultation room and create a more accommodating ambience for patients' family members.
Second, the funding will help support the care of more patients in the coming years. On average, each patient requires a minimum of 10 to 20 surgeries, in addition to post-operative coordination with the referring centers, including Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, or Veterans Affairs hospitals. The combined health care and care-facilitation costs can average $500,000 per patient.
"On behalf of the wounded warriors we serve, we are so grateful for this significant gift from our lead corporate sponsor," said Dr. David T. Feinberg, CEO and associate vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System. "Lockheed Martin's commitment to UCLA's Operation Mend program will greatly enhance the physical surroundings of where the patients are cared for, as well as ensure our ability to provide critical treatment for future wounded military personnel in the coming years."
Established in 2007, Operation Mend is a unique partnership between the UCLA Health System and the Brooke Army Medical Center. To date, 34 men and women from all branches of the military have participated in the program.
All of the Operation Mend patients have suffered severely deforming burns and wounds on their face, usually as the result of explosions from improvised explosive devices. After initial surgeries and rehabilitation at military hospitals, including the renowned Brooke Army Medical Center, the wounded soldiers have the opportunity to continue their recovery at UCLA and undergo specialized reconstructive surgical techniques with Operation Mend's plastic and reconstructive surgery team.
While the program started with facial reconstructive surgery, it is now beginning to expand its services to offer treatment for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries and continues to receive consultation and support from the following clinical services: radiation oncology, dermatology, neurology, anesthesia/pain management, ophthalmology, orthopedics, maxillofacial/dentistry, medical tattooing, urology, lower limb transplantation, and psychiatric and social services
Operation Mend prides itself on the warmth and care shown to each wounded warrior. Patients always travel to UCLA with family or a friend. They are personally escorted to and from the airport, stay at UCLA's Tiverton House hotel on campus, are escorted to all medical appointments, and have a nurse coordinator manage their case. There is no cost to the patient. In addition, each patient is paired with a volunteer "buddy family" that provides a social outlet during their stay in Los Angeles by having the patient over for family meals and coordinating fun activities.
For more information on Operation Mend, please visit www.operationmend.ucla.edu.
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"Operation Mend," a unique new partnership between UCLA Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, has been established to help treat several U.S. military personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The pilot project was launched with the help of philanthropist Ronald A. Katz, a well-known inventor and UCLA Medical Center board member, who recognized that providing excellent care to injured soldiers need not be limited to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Armed Services. The project aims to serve as a model for other medical institutions interested in helping additional wounded service members.
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UCLA Health System and the Los Angeles Lakers are proud to support our men and women in uniform through Operation Mend. Collaborating between Brooke Army Medical Center and the V.A., the program brings wounded service men and women to UCLA for advanced medical treatment - rebuilding faces, rebuilding their lives. Text MEND to the number 50555 to donate $10 to Operation Mend. Or visit us online at www.operationmend.ucla.edu.
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Operation Mend patients, doctors, staff, volunteers and top UCLA leadership took the field during the UCLA vs. Washington State football game to be recognized by more than 60,000 in the stands at the Rose Bowl. Learn more about UCLA Operation Mend at www.operationmend.ucla.edu.
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Operation Mend was established to help treat U.S. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a unique partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the V.A.- Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Learn more about the program and how you can help support Operation Mend at http://operationmend.ucla.edu .
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When Patti Taylor learned recently that Marine Cpl. Aaron P. Mankin, a U.S. soldier badly burned in Iraq, would be coming to UCLA Medical Center for facial reconstructive surgery, the former Army nurse's patriotic instincts kicked in. She insisted on volunteering as his case manager and rallied her quilting group to create a special gift to comfort him: a red-white-and-blue "quilt of valor."
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Learn more at http://operationmend.ucla.edu
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Our Operation Mend Buddy Families open their hearts and homes to our visiting service members to make them feel more comfortable during their stay in Los Angeles. For the Buddy Families, this is a hands-on opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone who has suffered great injury through their service to our country, and it is a learning opportunity for parents and children alike, bringing the reality of war closer to home.
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"Operation Mend" represents collaboration between the surgeons and staff of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. The two organizations are working together to deliver the best medical care in the country to U.S. military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Operation Mend" was founded by philanthropist, inventor, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center advisory board member Ronald A. Katz. Katz and his wife, Maddie, were inspired to do something for the military after watching CNN's Lou Dobbs interview U.S. Marine Cpl. Aaron Mankin ['Operation Mend's' first patient], who showed great spirit despite his shattered face.
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The full scope of the "Operation Mend" program, through which U.S. military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan receive reconstructive plastic surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was spelled out at a December, 2007 meeting of Women & Philanthropy at UCLA.
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Thanks to a $4 million gift from Lockheed Martin, UCLA Health's Operation Mend now has a state-of-the-art telehealth suite, which will enable improved communication between the program's personnel, patients and partners, and a renovated recovery area for the wounded warriors who undergo surgery at the Westwood facility. The new Lockheed Martin UCLA TeleHealth Suite sets a new benchmark for face-to-face telecommunications, enabling better consultation, collaboration and coordinated care among UCLA, members of the military, patients and other medical institutions, and fostering innovative new research in the field of regenerative medicine for military veterans and active-duty service members.
Learn more at http://operationmend.ucla.edu/telehealth