UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, serves as the cornerstone of UCLA Health's Santa Monica medical campus. The 281-bed, full-service medical center provides the complete continuum of healthcare services, from prenatal and neonatal care to geriatric medicine, in a technologically advanced and welcoming facility. It combines the expertise of an academic medical center with the accessibility of a community hospital to offer patients the best of both medical worlds. The medical center features several outstanding programs and services on or near its 4.5-acre medical campus. These include: the Nethercutt Emergency Center, which treats nearly 50,000 patients annually and serves as Santa Monica's only Emergency Department (ED) approved for pediatric care; The BirthPlace, one of Southern California’s most comprehensive maternity centers, where approximately 1,500 babies are delivered each year; a 25-bed Pediatrics Unit, which operates as a unit of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and serves as Santa Monica's only inpatient unit for pediatric care; the UCLA Rape Treatment Center and its Stuart House facility for sexually abused children serve as national models for the treatment of rape victims and their families; UCLA Breath Health, Santa Monica, located within the UCLA medical building, provides personalized, multi-disciplinary breast care in a compassionate and supportive environment; UCLA Radiology, which performs state-of-the-art imaging services in several locations throughout the Santa Monica campus; and the UCLA Spine Center which provides comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for all spinal disorders and strives to be at the forefront of spinal research. The hospital also has an alliance with the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, formerly known as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.

Founded in 1926 as Santa Monica’s first hospital by local physicians Drs. William S. Mortensen and August B. Hromadka, the medical center has evolved over the years to better serve Santa Monica and surrounding communities. In 1942, the hospital became part of the Lutheran Hospital Society, where it remained until 1988, when it joined UniHealth America. In 1995, the hospital was acquired by the University of California and became an integral part of UCLA Health’s expanding network of medical services. It was rebuilt in phases following the 1994 Northridge earthquake and is now designed and constructed to the latest seismic standards. More than 25% of the medical campus is dedicated to green and open spaces, including a 40,000-square-foot garden facing 15th Street and the 18,000-square-foot Harman Garden Plaza. Both areas offer a tranquil setting where patients, visitors, and staff members can enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and sea breezes.

For more information, please visit the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center website.

Last updated
November 21, 2023