The stunning Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is as practical as it is stylish and is one of the most modern facilities found in the city of Los Angeles. Find out more about this modern hospital right here.
Although the UCLA Medical Center was founded in 1955, this building is still shiny and new having only been opened in 2008. This was due to the fact that following the costly 1994 Northridge earthquake, a law was passed that by 2008 at the latest all hospitals would be required to move their acute care and intensive care units into earthquake-resistant buildings.
Construction of this $600million building began in 1999, and was completed in 2004; however it didn’t become fully operational until the summer of 2004. This building is impressive for many reasons, one of them being its safety against future earthquakes, which is the earthquake state of California is obviously a great thing. The building has been built with the ability to withstand up to an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, making it one of the first buildings in the state to be built to such incredibly high seismic standards.
The next impressive thing about this hospital is its status as one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world. Designed by award-winning Pei Partnership Architects, there are 520 patient beds with the intensive care beds being 360degrees accessible by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.
Obviously practically impervious to the effects of seismic activity, a sophisticated interlocking panelled aluminum cladding system envelopes the building, thus protecting it from the major effects of an earthquake. Marble is also used in the outer ‘exoskeleton’ top protect the hospital. The water and energy supplies have also been made as secure as possible from outside influences, meaning that the hospital will be able to function at its full capacity even if a natural disaster was to strike.
Another thing that the UCLA Medical Center is known for, is its outstanding medical care, in particular its specialist cancer treatments and experts. The UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program is famed worldwide for its treatments, and is so named having been made possible through the fundraising efforts of The Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
Covering the Beverley Hills area of the city, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is also popular amongst the celebrities that happen to reside in that area. In fact it was in the old structure that John Wayne (and other notable celebrities) received treatment for cancer.