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Recognition for Honjo, Reich, Slattery, Azizzadeh, Steiner

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Tomoyuki Honjo, MD, PhD, has received honors for his work on a vaccine to treat aortic aneurysms; Heidi Reich, MD, has won a Sports Spectacular Endowed Fellowship; William H. Slattery, MD, and Babak Azizzadeh, MD, have completed a book on the facial nerve; and Jerrold H. Steiner, MD, has been honored by the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

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Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical to Create Medical Rehabilitation Hospital

Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical have announced a partnership to create a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in the former Century City Hospital. With an expected opening in late 2015, the rehabilitation hospital will serve the growing need in the community for inpatient rehabilitation, and is also expected to serve as a center for treating complex rehabilitation cases from throughout the nation.

The joint venture is an LLC (limited liability company) partnership among Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical. The vision of the partnership is to develop a world-class regional rehabilitation center providing highly specialized care, advanced treatment and leading-edge technologies to treat individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, stroke, amputation, neurological disorders, and musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions.

Currently, Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Health System provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services at their respective facilities. Both of these facilities are usually full, as capacity is limited (28 beds at Cedars-Sinai and 11 beds at UCLA Health System). When the new hospital opens, Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Health System would transition their acute inpatient rehabilitation services to the new facility.

The new facility would be operated by Select Medical, a leading provider of long-term acute care and rehabilitation, with hospital and outpatient locations in 44 states, including the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. It has partnered with a number of academic medical centers, including Baylor Health System and Penn State Hershey Medical Center, to manage and operate similar rehabilitation hospitals.

"This exciting project is a natural progression of Cedars-Sinai's mission, to provide the highest level of patient care while supporting medical innovation," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai. "Meeting the health needs of the community, state and nation often requires a new type of partnership, and we look forward to working with UCLA Health System and Select Medical to create a highly advanced, comprehensive rehabilitation center for patients."

Earlier this year, a feasibility study found that appropriate seismic retrofitting would enable the facility to meet seismic safety standards and all necessary licensure requirements to be operated as a rehabilitation hospital. The building's current owner has begun infrastructure and modernization work to bring the building up to standards. The preparation work will be completed in 2015, and will allow building occupancy until 2030.