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UCLA, Cedars-Sinai to open new rehabilitation hospital

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On December 3, UCLA Health System and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced that they had formed a joint venture that will create a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital that will provide highly specialized care, advanced treatment, and state-of-the-art technologies for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, amputations, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and orthopedic conditions. The facility has a projected opening date of late 2015 and will be located in the former Century City Hospital. In addition to serving individuals locate in the Los Angeles Area, it will also provide care for individuals with complex rehabilitation problems that reside throughout the U.S.

At present, both UCLA Health System and Cedars-Sinai provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services at their respective facilities. Both of these facilities are usually 100% occupied because of their limited bed capacity: 11 beds at UCLA and 28 beds at Cedars-Sinai. When the new facility opens, both medical centers will transfer all their acute inpatient rehabilitation services to the new facility, which will be operated by Select Medical, a provider of long-term acute care services. Select Medical currently maintains hospital and outpatient locations in 44 states, including the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. The new UCLA, Cedars-Sinai partnership with Select Medical is similar to a number other academic medical center affiliations, such as Baylor Health Care System and Penn State Hershey.

In a typical day, Select Medical helps improve quality of life for approximately 30,000; thus, it is one of the nation’s largest providers of specialized acute and post-acute care. The company maintains a network of almost 31,000 employees operates and supports more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, 15 medical rehabilitation hospitals and almost 1,000 outpatient clinics offering physical and occupational therapy. Select Medical also offers contract therapy services at more than 500 locations. In addition, the company offers physical therapy and/or athletic training to approximately 300 high schools, colleges and professional sports teams.

“UCLA Health System and Cedars-Sinai are two pillars in medicine, and we are honored to work with them,” said David S. Chernow, president of Select Medical. “In fact, the joint venture is already creating synergies among the three partners. For example, we will feature an open medical staff model led by a core group of physician leaders from both UCLA Health System and Cedars–Sinai. At the same time, Select Medical has begun to share lessons learned and best practices from our experience running top-tier medical rehabilitation hospitals. All of it should add up to a new destination for patients for years to come.”

“This exciting project is a natural progression of Cedars-Sinai’s mission to provide the highest level of patient care while supporting medical innovation,” noted Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars–Sinai Health System. He added, “Meeting the health needs of the community, state and nation often requires a new type of partnership, and we look forward to working with UCLA Health System and Select Medical to create a highly advanced, comprehensive rehabilitation center for patients.”

“As one of the most highly respected academic medical centers and health systems in the world, UCLA is delighted to join forces and share expertise with Cedars-Sinai and Select Medical, a preeminent provider of post-acute care in the United States,” noted Dr. David T. Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences at UCLA. He added, “The addition of this rehabilitation facility will be of extraordinary benefit to the people of Los Angeles.”

A feasibility study that was conducted earlier this year found that appropriate seismic retrofitting would enable the former Century City Hospital facility to meet seismic safety standards and all necessary licensure requirements to be operated as a rehabilitation hospital. The current owner of the building has already begun infrastructure and modernization work to bring the building up to standards.

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