Hospital opens after Northridge quake

SANTA MONICA, Calif. 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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