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Orthopaedic Hospital

February 18, 2009 09:00 ET

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Brings Much Needed Pediatric Orthopaedic Care Expertise to the Westside

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a world leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education for nearly a century, announced today it will open the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Children's Clinic in Santa Monica in Spring 2009, to serve the needs of children in the surrounding area with world-class pediatric orthopaedic care. The seed funding for this clinic was generously provided by Renee and Meyer Luskin.

Treating a full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic care for conditions such as cerebral palsy, clubfoot, fractures, hemophilia, scoliosis, hip dysplasia, spina bifida and other musculoskeletal disorders, the clinic will be an outpatient facility serving the community's pediatric orthopaedic needs in West Los Angeles. The clinic will be open five days a week with eight exam rooms, a large cast room, state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment, a child-friendly waiting area, administrative and support facilities.

"With the severe shortage of pediatric orthopaedic care in Santa Monica and the Westside, the clinic will allow us to improve access to care in order to get children started with the type of orthopaedic treatment they need. If their care requires a hospital visit, our inpatient facilities are just across the street," commented Dr. Anthony Scaduto, chief of pediatric orthopaedics at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. "Compassionate care with internationally recognized and innovative orthopaedic treatments are the hallmarks of our institution."

The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Children's Clinic will be led by Dr. Scaduto and Dr. Richard Bowen and supported with physicians from Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital and UCLA Health System. The clinic is located at 1530 Arizona St. in Santa Monica. Surgical and other inpatient services will be provided at the neighboring Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital where the replacement hospital for Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital has been relocated.

In early 2011, the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital is scheduled to open, at which time both the children's clinic and inpatient services will be handled under the same roof. This new hospital is anticipated to be the most advanced pediatric orthopaedic facility in the country.

About Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital:

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (OH) is a recognized world leader in orthopaedic patient care, education and research, resulting in an improved quality of life for children and adults with crippling disorders. For nearly a century, OH has been helping children afflicted with these conditions to lead healthy, active lives, regardless of their family's ability to pay. The hospital is supported by the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation and is expanding both its treatment and research facilities. In an alliance with UCLA, a new Orthopaedic Hospital for inpatients is under construction in Santa Monica and the world-class Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center recently opened on the UCLA campus. It is the largest and most sophisticated musculoskeletal research facility in the world. www.orthohospital.org.

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