LOS ANGELESUCLA Health System unveiled Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the first total-replacement hospital project to meet Californias seismic-safety requirements. Architects I.M. Pei and C.C. Pei were brought in to design the facility after the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged the existing UCLA medical center. The new $829 million state-of-the-art facility features 520 large, private patient rooms, wireless Internet access, room service, outdoor play areas and gardens. Besides UCLA Medical Center, it houses Mattel Childrens Hospital UCLA and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. The building was dedicated at a June 4 event attended by former first lady Nancy Reagan and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
DENVERThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved the Colorado Hospital Associations implementation plan for a state hospital report card that calls for online publication by Nov. 30. The report card was mandated by legislation passed last year, and initial measures to be posted include mortality rates for conditions such as congestive heart failure and procedures such as coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG; volume statistics for procedures such as CABG and carotid endarterectomy; patient-safety data such as rates for bed sores and post-operatives sepsis; and hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The initial report cards will be based on data from 2004-06. The plan calls for assembling focus groups to test the usability of the report card Web site before it is launched to ensure it is complete and understandable.
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