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Dedication Event: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

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Uploaded on Sep 12, 2011

Extending its reach in delivering the highest quality care long associated with UCLA, the UCLA Health System, one of the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world, dedicated its new Santa Monica campus Sept. 9 in a ceremony attended by doctors, nurses, university officials, and business and community leaders.

Part of a massive, systemwide rebuilding project, the new Santa Monica campus features the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; a branch of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA; the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital; and the UCLA Rape Treatment Center. The new buildings, located at 16th Street and Wilshire Boulevard, will open for patient care in early 2012.

"We are proud to introduce another pillar of our world-class UCLA Health System,'' said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "The Santa Monica campus provides a magnificent environment for healing, and it strengthens UCLA's capacity to offer the highest level of compassionate, state-of-the-art care to families in our local communities.''

The new campus complements the world-class services provided by the UCLA Health System's existing facilities, including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and more than 80 primary and specialty offices throughout greater Los Angeles.

Posie Carpenter, chief administrative officer of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, said the new campus will provide the full continuum of services, from neonatal intensive care to geriatric medicine, in a welcoming yet technologically advanced facility.

Funding for the $572 million project was provided by multiple sources, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, bond initiatives, and donations from individuals and corporations.

A community celebration for the new campus will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the public are invited for tours, health screenings, children's activities, musical entertainment, refreshments and giveaways. For event information, call 310-319-4471.

Visit us at http://uclahealth.org/SantaMonica

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