Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors Recover

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A UCLA representative provides an overview of Operation Mend’s Lockheed Martin TeleHealth suite to Lockheed Martin executive chairman Bob Stevens, pictured on center screen, with other Lockheed Martin representatives and Operation Mend benefactors on Nov. 18, 2013.

Lockheed Martin donated $4 million to UCLA Health System's Operation Mend, which provides reconstructive surgeries and other health care services to U.S. servicemen and women severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The Lockheed Martin UCLA TeleHealth Suite and Lockheed Martin Outpatient Recovery Suites for the Wounded Warriors of Operation Mend were dedicated at a ceremony Nov. 18.

"Lockheed Martin is honored to partner with UCLA and Operation Mend to make sure that our wounded warriors receive the best medical care possible," said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin's executive chairman. "The Lockheed Martin Outpatient Recovery Suites and TeleHealth Suite will strengthen the capabilities of Operation Mend for the benefit of our military heroes and their families, and we are proud to support this important mission."  

The majority of Operation Mend patients have suffered severely deforming burns and wounds on their face, usually as the result of blasts from improvised explosive devices. After initial surgeries and rehabilitation, the warriors can continue their recovery at UCLA and undergo specialized reconstructive surgical techniques with Operation Mend's plastic and reconstructive surgery team.  

The advanced telehealth suite allows wounded warriors, health care providers and others to communicate face-to-face. The telehealth suite can deliver three high-definition video streams simultaneously and one high-definition, full-motion content sharing stream.

"Operation Mend is based at UCLA, but the team often collaborates with doctors, case coordinators or members of the military located in other states," said Dr. Christopher Crisera, Operation Mend's co-medical director. "Additionally, while patients undergo treatment at UCLA, most live out of state and return home after surgery. The new telehealth suite will allow face-to-face communication in many types of situations, providing improved communications as well as alleviating the need for travel to meet in person. Telehealth is fast becoming the wave of the future in medicine, and this system helps us advance the delivery of care."  

Renovated Waiting Rooms and Recovery Areas

Our $4 million gift also supported the renovation of Operation Mend's surgical waiting room and pre- and post-operative recovery areas, upgrades that will enhance the patient experience during surgeries and help the program better accommodate patients' family members.

Following surgery, Operation Mend patients will go to one of the four renovated private recovery suites, where the post-operative team will monitor blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate and pain. When the effects of anesthesia have diminished, visits from family members are permitted. The enhancement project also included the addition of a private consultation room to create a more accommodating ambience for patients' families.  

"On behalf of the wounded warriors we serve, we are so grateful for the new telehealth suite and renovated recovery room that were made possible by such a significant gift," said Dr. David T. Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences. "The results of this gift have greatly enhanced the physical surroundings where the patients are cared for and allow our doctors to consult with our military partners using the best technology available. Lockheed Martin's commitment to UCLA's Operation Mend program and all that UCLA Health System does for military patients ensures our ability to provide critical treatment for future wounded military personnel in the years to come."  

For more information on Operation Mend, visit www.operationmend.ucla.edu.                          

November 26, 2013

Story Highlights:

  • UCLA Health System's Operation Mend provides reconstructive surgeries and other health care services to U.S. servicemen and women severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
  • The advanced telehealth suite allows wounded warriors, health care providers and others to communicate face-to-face.

Lockheed Martin UCLA Health TeleHealth Suite