World-class Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opens for patient care

Built to meet the community's evolving health care needs with compassionate care and pioneering medical research for decades to come, UCLA's new state-of-the-art Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opened its doors on June 29. The result of a 10-year design and construction process, the innovative, patient-focused academic medical facility also houses the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

The opening of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, one of the most sophisticated and advanced medical facilities of its kind, is a significant event for Los Angeles, California and the world,'' said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Inside this new facility, UCLA's health care professionals will build upon the university hospital's traditions of unparalleled patient care and the education of tomorrow's doctors, and through research will find cures and better treatments for the devastating medical conditions that afflict mankind.The new medical facility is one of the first total-replacement hospital projects to be built in accordance with California's latest seismic safety requirements. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged the university's original facility, UCLA's leadership embarked on a mission to bring the finest in hospital design and technology to Los Angeles.

World-renowned architects I.M. Pei and C.C. Pei and leading international health care designer Perkins+Will were brought in to design a beautiful, cutting-edge facility that incorporated the best ideas in medical science and patient care. Shortly afterward, an extraordinary alliance between UCLA, the state and federal governments, private donors, and an array of civic and cultural leaders was formed to create a world-class facility.

The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA is one of the world's leading mental health centers for patient care, research and education. While providing the most sophisticated medical care, the hospital offers a special healing environment for patients, featuring private rooms with abundant natural light and inspiring views, along with an outdoor patio to encourage therapeutic healing and interaction.