Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center delivers world-class medical treatment using cutting-edge technology in a compassionate, patient-focused environment. To adapt to the evolving needs of 21st-century patient care, new medical technologies and teaching, the design team emphasized openness and flexibility, creating a welcoming face to the campus and the neighborhood.

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is, literally, a pillar of strength. Designed to remain functional following an 8 magnitude earthquake, it is one of the first total replacement hospital projects to be build in California that meets the latest seismic safety requirements as a result of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. A 26,000 ton structural web of steel provides the framework. The hospital incorporates 80,000 sq feet of window glass. More than three million pounds of travertine, imported from Tivoli, Italy, making up the outer wall panels. Exterior zipper panels allow parts of walls to be removed so that large equipment can be transported into and out of the building as medical technology evolves.

The center offers an efficient, warm and welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff, which is conveyed in every aspect of the design, from the thoughtful application of building materials and the clear disposition of parts, to the meticulous detailing of public spaces and the widespread integration of natural light, landscaping and outdoor views. The completed facility has received very positive reviews from the medical staff, patients and their loved ones and in so doing has fulfilled one of its essential goals: to be an active component in the healing process.

The first three floors form a massive base that unifies the design. The architects incorporated four towers to break up the building pass while creating a unique image for the hospital. The towers housing the patients rooms, nursing pods and ICUs are staggered, allowing light to spill in from all sides and open up views. Welcoming features as carpeting, fountains, terraces and activity areas combine to create a people-friendly setting that promotes healing.

The operating rooms at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center are the most technologically advanced in the world, using the latest in audiovisual communications, diagnostics, robotics and digital-based imaging systems. The hospital features a hospital-wide digital record system that eliminates the need for a majority of paper documents. With a fiber optic and copper cable system wiring the hospital, it allows for a faster flow of information and a common network for all the different needs of individual servers, antenna systems and support. Physicians can now have fast, wireless access to reports, lab results, and real-time ICU vital sign monitoring.

Twenty three surgical suites are equipped with an integrated audiovisual system that incorporates three flat screen panels and 42-inch plasma screen. Room-to-room audio and high-resolution video conferencing allows surgeons to collaborate with other healthcare professionals during the surgical procedure.

The operating rooms are equipped to stream video, so medical students, technologically smart building with the capacity to be upgraded on an ongoing basis.

Two large, roof-top helipads are connected to specially designed room-size trauma elevators that rapidly transport patients to the first-floor trauma center to provide immediate acute care.

Patient rooms are 25 percent larger than average and equipped with connections necessary to ramp up or dial down care as needed. Each has a visitors nook so families can spend time in the room comfortably. ICU rooms include an overhead rotational power column to deliver electricity and essential gases needed for 360-degree care. The operating rooms and adjacent interventional procedure rooms feature modular floor plans, allowing them to reconfigure as medical technology evolves in new directions. This is the largest complex of integrated operating rooms built to date, using technologies such as built-in touch panels and voice-activated command systems to maintain a sterile operating environment. This is the only hospital in the world with a comprehensive neuroimaging unit integrated into a neurosurgical ICU. The Center will also allow for unprecedented noninvasive neuroimaging research into the nature of neurological disorders.

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Los Angeles,