June 25, 2008
On Sunday, 2,100 doctors, nurses, technicians and managers at UCLA Medical Center will participate in a task of epic proportions: moving to the gleaming new hospital across the street.
Although the distance is short, the details are daunting. The shift to the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will require military-style precision. Using 30 ambulances and 80 gurneys, three teams of professionals will transfer 350 patients — many of them hooked up to monitors and respirators — at the rate of one every two minutes.
How cool; that’s a story they’ll all remember for their entire lives. It’s not often a hospital just picks up and moves.