The Harbor-UCLA Medical Foundation, Inc. (MFI) was founded in 1963 as a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to generate revenue from patient care activities for enrichment of the clinical, research and educational environment at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Under the umbrella of a Tripartite Agreement with the UCLA School of Medicine and the County of Los Angeles, MFI conducts billing and collection activities for professional services rendered by Harbor-UCLA faculty physicians.

   In October, 1989, MFI opened the Harbor-UCLA Professional Building -- a 45,000-square-foot professional office building built at no cost to the county. It houses nine clinical departments providing a full range of clinical subspecialties, a laboratory, radiology, nuclear medicine and a pharmacy.

   In March, 1990, the Faculty Referral Center opened a 16-bed inpatient unit located on the sixth floor of the hospital. Operated under the umbrella of MFI, the center complements the clinical resources of the Professional Building by enabling faculty physicians at Harbor to accommodate privately insured patients in a specially appointed inpatient unit allowing for greater continuity of patient care.

The Professional Building.
   In May, 1994, MFI joined forces with Universal Care -- a rapidly growing HMO headquartered in Long Beach, to form the first public/private sector partnership designed to deliver affordable, high-quality managed health care to South Bay residents on a capitated basis. In response to provisions for mandatory assignment of Medi-Cal patients to health plans under Los Angeles County's two-plan model, MFI is currently negotiating contracts with other HMOs to provide primary care services for capitated Medi-Cal patients in the Professional Building. Patients will be referred to the medical center for both outpatient specialty services and inpatient care.