Surgery Building Serving Southbay Region
Los Angeles County officials today joined hospital employees, former patients, community residents, and health care advocates for a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating an expanded, state-of-the-art emergency/trauma and surgery building at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The facility will open to the public in April.
In a festive setting complete with mariachis, participants toured the expansive 190,000 square foot facility following a program that included an invocation from Father William Ruther of St. Philomena Catholic Church, and remarks from hospital chief executive officer Delvecchio Finley, Department of Public Works deputy director Shari Afshari, Health Services director Dr. Mitchell Katz, and the parent of a pediatric patient saved at the hospital.
“For nearly 70 years Harbor Hospital has been an anchor of high quality care for the Southbay, and this expansion has been needed for a long time,” said County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district includes the hospital. “Public hospitals play an essential role in our communities and serve all County residents. We are fortunate to open this world class facility for all who seek care within its doors.”
The facility features separate Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments with a total of 80 treatment rooms, 7 trauma resuscitation rooms, 16 operating rooms, and pre- and post-operative patient areas. The new building is designed to maximize efficiency, with the radiological suite that includes x-ray, ultrasound and CT technology housed directly in the ER so patients do not have to be transported across the hospital for diagnostic tests. Health officials said the new complex will meet projected demand for adult and pediatric emergency services in the region, reduce surgery backlogs and patient wait time, and allow for the treatment of a higher volume of patients.
“This hospital operates at capacity 24 hours a day, seven days a week because the demand is so great,” said Emergency Department chair Dr. Roger Lewis. “Everything about this new building has been designed to be compliant with stringent seismic requirements, and for optimal flexibility, efficiency, and patient-centered care.”
Aside from use of the latest technology, the new building also features an extensive collection of artwork and natural light-filled patient and family waiting areas. An adjacent parking lot with dedicated emergency parking makes patient accessibility easier. The building also features an eight-story elevator tower for transporting patients to the connected main hospital building.