Harbor UCLA Medical Center


Harbor General Hospital

Established in 1947 as Los Angeles County-Harbor General Hospital on the site of the Station Hospital at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation, the facility then consisted of 72 acres of land and a complex of wooden barracks and trailers. This was the second hospital for the management of acute medical problems to be operated by Los Angeles County, and was designed to serve the medically needy of the southern section of the County, covering some 300 square miles.

The continued rapid growth in the local population led to the construction of a new hospital facility completed in 1963. The total building space is one million square feet. The name was changed from Harbor General Hospital to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1977 to reflect the ongoing close relationship of the hospital to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is one of the few County hospitals in the country with a strong academic and research base. Despite fiscal constraints occurring at the County, State and Federal levels, Harbor has been able to keep pace and even grow over the recent past in terms of its academic and training base. It has an international reputation for academic excellence and research productivity.


The main hospital is an eight-story building containing 556 licensed available beds at the present time. It contains Medical/Surgical wards (348 beds), a Renal Transplant Intensive Care Unit (6 beds), Perinatal Unit (55 beds), Pediatrics (34 beds), Adult Surgical/Medical Intensive Care Units (44 beds), a Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (18 beds), Coronary Care unit (6) beds, and Psychiatry (39 beds). The Medical Center provides comprehensive medical care with complete facilities, including psychiatric, laboratory, diagnostic radiology and imaging (MRI and SPECT), and outpatient services. It is certified as a Level I Trauma Center and designated as a Pediatric Critical Care Center and Pediatric Emergency Department.

Opened in 1995, the Edward J. Foley Primary Care and Diagnostic Center is a 53,000 square foot, three-level clinical care facility which provides space for ambulatory primary care internal medicine and special procedures including endoscopy, pulmonary function testing, outpatient surgery, and cardiac catheterization. A full service Medical Imaging Center offers up-to-date radiological services, including a state-of-the-art Picker 2-Tesla magnetic resonance scanner. In 2006, a new cardiac catheterization laboratory was completed. A new Adult ICU was completed in 2009, and a new 190,000 square foot Emergency Room and Operating Rooms opened in spring of 2014. Clinical laboratory and other clinical reports are accessed via computer terminals on the wards, intensive care units, and clinics linked to the Hospital Information System network. Medical records (including dictated discharge summaries, consultations, and operative reports from previous and current admissions) and reference information are also available through this computer system. All computer terminals can access radiographic images and electrocardiograms. A new integrated EMR is on-schedule to go live in November 2014



The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center draws on a catchment area of over 4 million residents, with more than half a million who are below the poverty level. This population represents a wide range of income levels, educational levels and ethnicity (Hispanics 39%, Whites 32%, African Americans 15%, Asians/others 14%). In a given year, the hospital has over 24,000 discharges. Outpatient visits number more than 250,000 and emergency room visits near 90,000.

Research and Training

The Medical Center research complex, operated by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute “L.A. BioMed” (separate from Los Angeles County) includes the Walter P. Martin Research Building, the St. John’s Cardiovascular Research Center, the Steve C.K. Liu and Milly Liu Research Center, the Hanley-Hardison Research Center, other research laboratories for faculty-investigators, space for clinical investigation, and a Center for Rehabilitation Studies. In 2012, the Chronic Diseases Clinical Research Center (CDCRC), a state-of-the-art research building, opened its doors for researchers in the areas of HIV/AIDS, atherosclerosis, and investigational drug services.

The 22,000 square foot A.F. Parlow Library of Health Sciences  is located adjacent to the hospital.The library provides books, journals, medical reference services, interlibrary information exchange, and computerized medical literature searches for Harbor-UCLA physicians and staff. Faculty and residents can access the Internet from computers in the hospital and the library. The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center faculty comprises both full-time and voluntary teachers. The full-time faculty includes over 175 physicians who devote 100% of their time to patient care, teaching, and research at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. All are faculty members of the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Over 900 physicians in private practice volunteer their time to patient care and teaching as members of the Clinical Faculty. The involvement of housestaff with both medical academicians and private practitioners provides exposure to the array of perspectives and to the spectrum of opportunities within medicine today.