WESTWOOD—UCLA expands its veteran services with the introduction of the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast and is ranked as one of the top four-year colleges for military students.
On November 7, UCLA announced in a press release the opening of the
The appointed executive director of the center and retired four-star general, Peter Chiarelli stated in the release, "The Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA will address the unique clinical challenges posed by battlefield trauma and enhance the standard of care within military medicine through a dedicated and focused partnership among the various branches of the U.S. military, UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA." Chiarelli continued, "This new center will leverage and maximize the university's brain trust of knowledge, experience, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to address and tackle the challenges of military medicine.”
The center is the only institution on the West Coast dedicated to advancing the research, evaluation and treatment of veterans suffering from wounds unique to wartime, such as post-traumatic stress, disfiguring bodily injuries and traumatic brain injuries. “Today, 400 UCLA faculty members and 350 medical students care for more than 3,000 veterans each year in nearly every medical discipline,” as stated in the press release.
The $2 million contribution from Todd and Randy Katz expands upon the project founded by their father, UCLA’s Operation Mend. Their father, Ronald A. Katz, initiated a partnership in 2007 with the
Operation Mend’s services have since grown to promote the physical, mental and emotional healing of our servicemen and servicewomen. Services include plastic and reconstructive surgeries for severely damaged body parts, fittings for new prosthetic designs, internal organ repair and mental-health support for military personnel and their families.
Since 2007, UCLA’s Operation Mend has assisted 97 severely wounded veterans and their families, free of charge.
The newly opened
UCLA’s support of military personnel through programs such as these earned the campus a top spot on the "Best for Vets: Colleges 2014" list by the Military Times, “the trusted, independent source for news and information for the Military Times community,” according to their website.
On November 11, the Military Times released their list ranking the best four-year colleges for military students based upon the quality of the schools’ veteran programs and the success of its students. Out of 86 colleges, UCLA was ranked 44 out of 86 colleges.
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