print "Located near the port area in southwestern Los Angeles\n"; print "County, Harbor–University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center is\n"; print "the southern campus of the UCLA School of Medicine. The original facility was\n"; print "constructed by the US Army in 1943 as the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation\n"; print "Hospital for the processing of Army personnel preparing to ship overseas during\n"; print "World War II. In addition to serving as a military medical facility, the\n"; print "expansive grounds were also used as a detention center for prisoners of war. At\n"; print "the conclusion of the war, the Army no longer needed the facility, and Los\n"; print "Angeles County was offered the entire 72-acre property and its collection of more\n"; print "than 40 barracks for the sum of $48,271. The medical buildings became Los\n"; print "Angeles County Harbor General Hospital, and in 1946 the hospital was dedicated\n"; print "to serve the indigent and the emergency medical care needs of the county's\n"; print "exploding postwar population. In 1951, an affiliation between Harbor General\n"; print "Hospital and the newly founded UCLA School of Medicine was realized, predating\n"; print "by several years the opening of the UCLA Medical Center on the Westwood campus.\n"; print "Financed by a $15.4 million bond measure overwhelmingly passed by Los Angeles\n"; print "County voters, construction of a new acute care facility was begun in 1960 and\n"; print "completed in 1963 as a 553-bed hospital that in 1978 was renamed Harbor-UCLA\n"; print "Medical Center. A major addition to the building was completed in 1994. Today, Harbor-UCLA\n"; print "Medical Center serves a catchment area of approximately 2 million citizens and\n"; print "offers a full spectrum of tertiary care in all medical and surgical specialties.\n"; print "

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Critical to the development of the Harbor-UCLA campus as a\n"; print "productive academic center was the formation and maturation of the campus-based\n"; print "Research and Education Institute (REI). The success of the affiliation between\n"; print "Los Angeles County and the UCLA School of Medicine has depended heavily on the\n"; print "opportunities for academic enrichment offered by the REI to the medical center's\n"; print "faculty. From its humble beginnings a half century ago, the REI has become one\n"; print "of the most prominent independent research institutions in the United States. With\n"; print "an annual budget of $60 million, the REI provides the physical and\n"; print "organizational infrastructure for the extensive basic science and clinical\n"; print "research programs conducted by Harbor-UCLA faculty. As of July 1, 2004, the REI\n"; print "has been renamed the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA, or\n"; print "LA BioMed for short. A few of the medical milestones attributable to Harbor-UCLA\n"; print "researchers include the first successful delivery of a primate produced by\n"; print "artificial insemination, the development of the modern serum cholesterol test, the\n"; print "discovery of the molecular structures of human follicle stimulating and\n"; print "luteinizing hormones, the procedure for extraction and isolation of human\n"; print "growth hormone as well as its clinical use to treat hypopituitary dwarfism, the\n"; print "production of a highly sensitive antibody to thyroid stimulating hormone that\n"; print "enabled creation of a newborn screening test for congenital hypothyroidism, the\n"; print "development of a test to detect carriers of Tay-Sachs disease, the development\n"; print "of an enzyme replacement therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis I or Hurler syndrome,\n"; print "the development and clinical introduction of a povidone-iodine ophthalmic\n"; print "solution to prevent neonatal infectious conjunctivitis and its resultant\n"; print "blindness, the identification of nitric oxide as the endogenous mediator of\n"; print "erectile function, and the development of the nation's first paramedic training\n"; print "program for firefighters. Of course, the Pulmonary Hypertension Center, founded\n"; print "by Dr. Bruce Brundage, noted Cardiologist in 1990, has grown into a fabulous\n"; print "diagnostic and treatment center, providing state-of-the-art services to\n"; print "patients from around the city and around the world.

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The diverse needs of patients, local government, and the\n"; print "medical education mission are all well served by the strong and abiding\n"; print "affiliation between the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and\n"; print "the UCLA School of Medicine.

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Despite the challenges imposed by difficult economic\n"; print "circumstances and an increasingly diverse and indigent patient population in\n"; print "Los Angeles County, Harbor-UCLA has continued to thrive and even prosper. This\n"; print "has been due in large part to the abundance and variety of patients, the\n"; print "dedication of the house staff, and the educational and research expertise of the\n"; print "faculty. The infrastructural support and degree of self-governance afforded by\n"; print "the medical center administration, the campus-based research and group practice\n"; print "organizations, and the UCLA School of Medicine have allowed the successful\n"; print "amalgamation of the public health and academic missions of the institution. Harbor-UCLA\n"; print "Medical Center stands as testimony to the wisdom of a cooperative effort\n"; print "between local government and medical academia in providing high-quality, cost-effective\n"; print "elective and emergent clinical care in concert with medical education and\n"; print "research. This model represents important lessons learned that will be\n"; print "applicable to the ever-increasing challenge of health care delivery to the\n"; print "medically disenfranchised of the United States.

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