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UCLA Buys West Hills Hospital; Renamed UCLA West Valley Medical Center

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As Valley News Group was the first to report in our January 25 issue, UCLA Health has acquired West Hills Hospital and Medical Center and related assets from HCA Healthcare.  

The transaction, which was finalized on March 28, will help address hospital inpatient capacity needs, allowing UCLA Health to provide world-class care to more patients across the region. The hospital has been renamed UCLA West Valley Medical Center. 

“UCLA Health is focused on enhancing timely and equitable access to health care throughout greater Los Angeles, and this acquisition is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. “We are pleased to welcome West Hills staff members as UCLA Health employees as we work together to serve the community. I thank HCA Healthcare leaders for their efforts in completing this transaction with us.” 

UCLA Health’s immediate priority during the ownership transition is ensuring continuity of high-quality care for patients and a smooth transition as the hospital’s operations are integrated with UCLA Health.  

UCLA Health has retained the vast majority of health care professionals and support staff previously employed by HCA Healthcare at West Hills. 

The acquisition includes the  260-bed community hospital with seven operating rooms and a free-standing ambulatory surgery center, about 21 miles northwest of UCLA’s main campus in  Westwood. The hospital sits on a 14-acre site, providing future opportunities to expand care. UCLA Health operates primary and specialty care clinics in and near the San Fernando Valley and across Southern California and the Central Coast.   

UCLA Health will develop a comprehensive, long-term plan to upgrade the UCLA West Valley Medical Center property and optimize use of the additional capacity. The types of medical services offered at the medical center will remain unchanged while the strategic plan for expanded access is prepared.  

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