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Kaiser opens new center in Los Feliz

March 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kaiser Permanente opens its doors Tuesday to the Los Angeles Medical Center, its largest medical center in the nation.The new $600 million hospital replaces the old one right next door on Edgemont Drive.

Five thousand, three hundred staff members have undergone months of training in preparation for the transfer of approximately 300 patients to the new 792,000-square-foot complex.

A special bridge is in place for the move.

The 400-bed hospital houses the largest cardiac surgery center in the western United States and features a new electronic-only patient information and records system.

It is designed not only to withstand a major earthquake, but to continue to function after one occurs.

Cutting-edge technology is also in place to improve patient safety and lower the risk of receiving the wrong medication.

The hospital's executive director, Mark Costa, says the facility is also laid out better than the old one, cutting down on the amount of time a patient will spend being moved from one area to another.

"There's a continuity for the whole patient stay," Costa said.

The old hospital will eventually be demolished to make room to expand the new one.


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