September 12, 2008

LAC+USC Medical Center Opening Strengthens Community Healthcare Network

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) will open the doors to its new Clinic Tower. The Clinic Tower move is the first of two moves; General Hospital and Women's and Children's Hospitals moves to the Inpatient Tower are targeted to take place from October 17 to October 18. The new facility serves as an additional resource in L.A. County's community healthcare network, and represents a positive advancement in meeting urban healthcare challenges. This move represents a milestone for L.A. County's healthcare safety net system.

"We've planned these moves like a chess game," says LAC+USC CEO Pete Delgado. "No medical services will be disrupted during the phased moves. Our plan is to have all hospital services, including the operating rooms and the emergency department, ready for service in their new locations October 17th."

The moves are the closing steps of a process that began in 2003, in recognition of the need for cutting-edge health care in the East L.A. community. The new hospital is a $1 billion investment in meeting the health needs of the community. "The new hospital will provide state-of-the-art care in the heart of a community that direly needs it and most certainly will appreciate it," said L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

To ensure that all county residents with and without healthcare coverage receive the care they need, LAC+USC works closely in partnership with The Camino de Salud Network, an integrated public-private healthcare delivery network, managed by COPE Health Solutions and consisting of the LAC+USC Healthcare Network and nonprofit community clinics. The Network coordinates hospital services and community-based ambulatory care to ensure that patients receive "access to the right care, at the right place, at the right time." Visit for more information.

The hospital is completely dedicated to providing all levels of medical care, Delgado maintains. "The Camino de Salud Network is where people should go for primary care services, so we can use the new hospital the right way. Patients who often face long waits in the emergency room-which is sometimes their only means of receiving care-can now work with a care manager in their community clinic to coordinate their needs. They can get the diagnostics, the treatments, and the support they need in their local community."

Among the largest teaching hospitals in the country, LAC+USC has been a partner with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1885. Staffed by more than 500 full-time faculty of the Keck School of Medicine and approximately 900 medical residents, LAC+USC currently admits more than 40,000 inpatients and handles nearly 200,000 emergency department visits and 1 million ambulatory care visits each year. The medical center provides major regional and community emergency trauma and critical care services among other clinical care activities.

"We are enormously proud of the clinical contributions of our USC faculty, residents, and medical students in the outstanding care of the people of Los Angeles County," says Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "While the facilities are new, the tradition of exceptional patient care will continue."

To mark the occasion, LAC+USC is planning a series of celebrations in partnership with Supervisor Molina. A community celebration will be held on October 4, including the official ribbon-cutting and hospital tours.

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CONTACT: Valerie Zapanta, +1-562-457-7956 (English), or Carol Miller,+1-202-306-0130 (English), or Rodolfo Pereira, +1-301-814-0773 (Spanish), allfor Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center