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Hospital opens after Northridge quake

July 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new state-of-the-art hospital opened its doors Wednesday in Santa Monica.The new Howard Keck Center will replace St. John's Health Center, 15 years after the hospital was badly damaged by the Northridge quake in 1994.

The technologically advanced medical center was built on tremor-absorbing base isolators, on the corner of 22nd street and Santa Monica Blvd. It features a four story atrium and ground breaking equipment; including a 64-slice CT scanner and a 3-Tesla MRI scanner. It will also be the home of the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

The $499 million project was named after the late Howard Keck, whose father founded the Superior Oil Co. of California.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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