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UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Medical Center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005. The Medical Center is comprised of the UCLA Center for Health Sciences Hospital (CHS), a 590 bed facility, the Medical Plaza outpatient facility with complete outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including an outpatient surgical center and rehabilitation unit, and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Work is currently ongoing in the construction of the replacement hospital for UCLA Center for Health Sciences Hospital. This state-of-the-art building designed by I.M. Pei will have 517 beds and will be equipped with the latest in medical technology and health care delivery systems. This facility is scheduled to open in January, 2007.

More than 300,000 people from Los Angeles, from across the country, and from around the world come to UCLA Medical Center each year to receive care from some of the world's best healthcare providers. More than 120 of our physicians are cited in The Best Doctors in America, which is based on an extensive poll of thousands of medical specialists. In addition, UCLA has been ranked as the best hospital in the Western United States for over 15 years by US News and World Reports.

UCLA Medical Center is an active tertiary and quaternary center. We house the largest transplant center in the world and attract many patients seeking expert care for a range of unusual illnesses. Additionally, a very large referral base of primary cary physicians ensures a large patient population allowing our residents to master the treatment of common diseases.


UCLA Medical Center is also a National Cancer Center and has been awarded NIH Center grants in Cardiology, Pulmonary Diseases and Oncology. In addition to the construction of the new replacement hospital, the Gonda research building has just been completed, and two new research buildings are now under construction. The current hospital, the replacement hospital, and the research centers are all situated on the general UCLA campus, a beautifully landscaped and architecturally innovative campus with abundant opportunities for residents to involve themselves with campus life, including music, theater, art and athletics.

Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital

Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital is a 220-bed community facility owned by UCLA and part of the UCLA Health Care System in the nearby coastal community of Santa Monica. The hospital has all the amenities of a smaller community hospital coupled with the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. Full-time Department of Surgery faculty practices are adjacent to the hospital. The hospital is currently undergoing extensive expansion of both inpatient and outpatient facilities. It is a community non-profit hospital dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of the Westside of Los Angeles. The medical center features several features several nationally recognized clinical programs including the inpatient service for UCLA geriatrics. In 1998, UCLA Healthcare signed a strategic alliance with Orthopedic Hospital/Los Angeles that will result in the relocation of Orthopedic's inpatient services to Santa Monica when the replacement UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center is completed.

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View is a county hospital located in the north end of the San Fernando Valley, about 30 minutes away from UCLA. This is one of six major hospitals operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The hospital is a 220 bed, 13-year-old medical center that serves the needs of low income and indigent patients, as well as the surrounding middle class community. As with most county facilities, many patients present in with acute, untreated illnesses. Housestaff are exposed to common surgical illnesses as well as a wide variety of unusual and rare conditions. The attending staff are faculty members of the UCLA School of Medicine.

West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital (VA Greater Los Angeles)

The VA Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System is the largest VA complex in the US with 1,350 beds and 3,500 employees. It provides primary medical care to a large population in Los Angeles in addition to serving as a tertiary-referral facility for the southwestern United States. The Medical Center offers medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, specialty imaging and interventional radiology, radiation oncology, and advanced rehabilitative services. The attending staff are faculty members of the UCLA School of Medicine.

Kaiser-Panorama City

This 197-bed facility is located in the mid-San Fernando valley, about 25 minutes from UCLA, and offers an HMO experience with a large variety of general and vascular surgery procedures. Residents work in close apprenticeship role with attending surgeons.

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