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Semel Institute
The UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) was founded in the post World War II era, as a research, education and treatment center with the mission to serve those citizens who suffer chronic psychiatric and neurological diseases and behavioral disorders. Initially supported entirely by state funds from the California Department of Mental Hygiene, the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital (NPH) that was integral to its provision of clinical care, opened their doors in 1961. Initially, the combined Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, as implied in its name, oversaw two clinical departments, Psychiatry and Neurology, and their respective clinical services. It also provided support for other disciplines germane to the study of severe mental illness including applied neuroscience, psychology and anthropology. In 1973 the NPI resources were transferred to the University and the Institute became part of the Health Sciences. Shortly thereafter the Department of Neurology became independent, although the faculty and teaching programs still receive some support through the NPI.
In 2004 with the endowment of the Institute and Hospital, the Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior was established. The Semel Institute is under the Directorship of Dr Peter Whybrow, who is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Physician-in-Chief of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
The Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (RNPH), a 74-bed acute psychiatric hospital, is among the leading centers in the world for comprehensive patient care, research and education in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities and neurology. A key part of UCLA Health System, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is the major psychiatry teaching facility of the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. The staff of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is composed of faculty from the departments of psychiatry, neurology, medicine, pediatrics, as well as members from the professional disciplines of nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, speech pathology, social work and special education. Patients of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and their families participate actively in their plan for treatment, during hospitalization and after discharge, and special procedures and personnel are employed to ensure the most effective involvement of families in the care of patients.
Mission and Vision
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is licensed by the State of California and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). The mission of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, in association with the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is to develop and maintain an environment in which education and research are integrated with exemplary patient care. The vision of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA is to serve the healthcare needs of our community, our patients and their families through excellence in research, education, and the provision of neuropsychiatric and behavioral health services.
300 Medical Plaza
300 Medical Plaza is an ambulatory care teaching/clinical facility located across the street from the Semel Institute, which is a major site for ambulatory care, education and research. The University Affiliated Mental Retardation Center is also a part of the Semel Institute. The aim of the Center is the acquisition of new knowledge, the training of personnel, and the provision of service to patients. The Center emphasizes basic as well as clinical, biomedical, and behavioral research. The Center includes an inpatient service for children, outpatient clinics, and an after-care program.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Founded in 1955, UCLA Medical Center became the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2008, reopening in a new 10-story structure (eight above ground) that takes hospital design to a new level. The latest medical advances are provided in a welcoming environment that is filled with light and open spaces to enhance a sense of wellness and promote healing.
It is the biggest construction project in the history of the University of California. The center, which houses the UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital (RNPH) at UCLA, is a technological and architectural masterpiece designed to meet the evolving needs of a 21st-century patient care and research center. It was built with more than 3 million pounds of travertine marble imported from Tivoli, Italy, and features the latest technology, including wireless access to reports, lab results, clinical imaging and patient vital signs; audiovisual communications; diagnostics; robotics; imaging systems; and advanced audio and high-resolution video conferencing capabilities. The new building also features 520 large, private patient rooms, sun-filled views, daybeds to accommodate family members, wireless internet access, room service with customized meals, outdoor play areas for pediatric patients, gardens and more. In addition, the entire facility is surrounded by green spaces, natural light, high-quality woods, carpeting, fountains and open terraces to inspire and welcome patients, guests and staff.
The medical center was officially dedicated at a ceremony attended by former first lady Nancy Reagan, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Gov. Gray Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams, architect and UCLA Medal recipient C.C. Pei, and other dignitaries.
West LA VA Medical Center
The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center is a 500-bed hospital complex (not including the nursing home and domiciliary) affiliated with the UCLA School of Medicine. Over 230 residents are currently completing training in 20 specialties. The Psychiatric Section is a 125-bed service, with emphasis on acute intensive care, which offers a wide range of treatment and investigative approaches for patients with acute and chronic illness. The diverse inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient services include both general and specialized (for patients with schizophrenia, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, family problems, geriatric mental disorders, neurobehavioral disorders, and mixed medical-psychiatric disorders) treatment units.
Extensive rehabilitation services are available for patients with chronic illness. Community psychiatry outreach programs are also available. The resident has the opportunity to gain experience with all of the major psychiatric syndromes, to learn to work within a team structure, and to gain exposure to a full variety of clinical treatment modalities. We encourage residents to collaborate with faculty on research projects as time and other resources allow.
Dr. Robert Rubin is Chief of Psychiatry and Mr. William Daniels is Director of the Mental Health Service line.
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