Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatry Hospital Los Angeles

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatry Hospital Los Angeles

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The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropshychiatric Hospital is part of the $625 million Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which was completely rebuilt following the 1994 North ridge earthquake. The new campus was completed in 2008, and the 75,020-square-foot Resnick Hospital is on the fourth floor. Design firms involved in the project include Perkins+Will, Pei Partnership Architects, and RBB Architects.

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The Resnick Hospital's main entrance is on the first floor of the center's south side. The hospital contains three 25-bed units, for child and adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients, as well as a 24-bed intensive care unit (ICU). Administrative offices are neat the geriatric and adult units in the hospital's center. Dining areas are near main gathering and communal zones. Public and private circulation paths are separated, and large windows along the corridors, at the end of hallways, and in public spaces as well as patient rooms provide natural lighting.

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Each floor of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has a different color palette, and designers and psychiatric staff chose a soft green color scheme for the fourth floor, explains Lynnette Tedder, IIDA, CID, AAHID, LEED AP, a senior interior project designer at Perkins+ Will. The child and adolescent unit has bolder greens, blues, and yellows, and the unit's colors and materials complement those in the Mattel Children's Hospital, also part of the medical center.

The child and adolescent rooms have desks where patients can do homework. …

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