Several services evolved, and major construction
developed, from the early '80s to the '90s in an effort
to expand our health care offerings to the community.
The Footlighters Child Life Center was dedicated
on October 22, 1986. This 2,600-square-foot facility was funded entirely
by contributions from individuals and groups in order to provide a
therapeutic play program for ill and injured pediatric patients and
The Family Health Center, located across
the campus, was established in 1983 and became part of the Department
of Health Services in 1990. This center provides family-oriented care
to our community members.
The Harbor-UCLA Diagnostic Imaging Center
was dedicated on October 3, 1987, and was built at no cost to local
taxpayers. This joint venture between Los Angeles County and International
Imaging, Inc., made imaging services (including computed tomography,
mammography, ultrasound and noninvasive vascular imaging) available
to inpatients and outpatients.
The last major construction during these
decades was the Edward J. Foley Primary Care and Diagnostic Center
(PCDC) dedicated on December 2, 1994. This 52,000-square-foot, three-level
facility houses numerous clinics, reinforcing our organization's
commitment to expansion of ambulatory care services and primary care.
Education and learning resources at Harbor-UCLA
received a tremendous boost with the completion of the Albert F. Parlow
Library of Health Sciences, the announcement of the medical center's
first endowment, and the expansion of Harbor's affiliations with
various local schools of nursing.
The A.F. Parlow Library, dedicated on March
30, 1983, is a 22,000-square-foot, two-story structure that cost $1.5
million ($625,000 came from the A.F. Parlow Pituitary Hormones Trust
Fund). Additional financing was donated by individuals within Harbor-UCLA
(including faculty, REI investigators and other employees) and community
physicians and dentists, business and industry, and private individuals.
The new building replaced the original 2,500-square-foot library and
opened with 740 medical journal subscriptions and about 35,000 books
and bound journals. This facility was the first permanent building
erected on campus since the new acute unit built 20 years before.
Another educational first was the UCLA Harbor
Collegium's announcement of the medical center's first endowment,
called the UCLA-Harbor Collegium Young Researcher Endowment Fund.
The Collegium awarded grants to three young investigators to carry
on their research projects.
Harbor's school associations expanded
with the affiliations of the Mount St. Mary's, University of
Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach
(CSULB) baccalaureate programs. Graduate students from UCLA and CSULB
also trained at Harbor.
Harbor-UCLA became the first hospital to
publish a scholarly nursing journal, Emphasis: Nursing, which
is indexed in the International Nursing Index, and Cumulative
Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.
The Child Life Center, dedicated in the fall of 1986, was funded entirely by private contributions.
Ground breaking for the Saint John's Cardiovascular Research Center Building in 1992.
Members of the Community of Patient Care Leaders Design Team plan how to redesign services to be more patient centered.
A unique partnership was established between government and private industry as the Harbor-UCLA Diagnostic Imaging Center was dedicated in the fall of 1987 and began to see patients with the only Vista MR 2055 Magnetic Resonance Super Conductive Imager west of the Mississippi.