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UCLA Health Board Inaugural Meeting

(From left): Fabian Oberfeld, UCLA Health President Dr. David T. Feinberg and James A. Wiatt

Candy Spelling and Henry Gluck

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Dean Dr. A. Eugene Washington, Jill Reilly and Charles P. Reilly.

The UCLA Health Board Inaugural Meeting was held November 1, 2012, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Board chairman Henry Gluck, Vice chancellor and Dean Dr. A. Eugene Washington and UCLA Health President Dr. David Feinberg welcomed guests to an afternoon featuring presentations by three distinguished physicians and a reception with a musical performance and demonstrations of various health-related programs.

As a result of the strategic plan for UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, efforts are underway to build upon the unity of four highly recognized and honored hospitals and more than 100 outpatient and urgent-care clinics. The creation of the board was integral to this endeavor. It comprises members at large, who have demonstrated their dedication through community leadership, as well as members from existing hospital boards, which include those at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA; and Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. All board participants are ambassadors who uphold UCLA Health's purpose to heal humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness.

At the first board meeting, Dr. Kodi Azari spoke on his work in transplantation and UCLA Operation Mend, a program that supports reconstructive surgery, mental-health services and more for U.S. military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Paul Vespa demonstrated the remarkable Robot of the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (RONI) and how such technologies enable doctors to care for patients remotely. Dr. Mark Morocco provided an overview of emergency medicine and what to expect in the Emergency Room. During the reception, board members participated in demonstrations of Urban Zen Integrated Therapy programs, such as yoga and Reiki, and interacted with pets of the People-Animal Connection, which aids in the comfort and healing of patients and their families. Music at the Med, a concert series established by UCLA Health and students from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, entertained the attendees.

For more information on the UCLA Health Board, contact Tina Minh at (310) 206-0079 or tminh@support.ucla.edu.


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