Los Angeles — A seven-hour relocation of more than 300 acute- and critical-care patients by shuttle, ambulance, and mobile ICU at the end of June marked the official opening of UCLA’s new medical facility, the new home of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.
About one patient was moved every two minutes, while the hospital’s emergency services choreographed the closing and opening of the old and new EDs with a 5 a.m. switchover.
The move was the culmination of years of planning, and involved thousands of staff members and millions of dollars worth of equipment.
The new 10-story structure is more than 1 million square feet and sits on four acres of the university campus.Carlos Garcia, 18, of Torrance is transported to the ambulance that will move him to the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Garcia is loaded into the ambulance.