L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center

L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center is an acute care hospital accredited by the Healthcare Faciities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Our medical staff of more than 350 physicians represents over 50 specialties, providing comprehensive healthcare services.

The staff, physicians, and volunteers of L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center would like to offer you a warm welcome.

Our Values

  • Honesty
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Service
  • Ethical Behavior

Your Hospital Stay

While you are hospitalized, you will come in contact with a variety of health care professionals. Physicians, nurses, aides, lab and x-ray technicians, orderlies, physical therapists, housekeepers, volunteers, and other personnel are all here to assist you in any way they can.

Our credentialing committee has carefully screened each physician who practices at L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center. As a member of our medical staff, your doctor is responsible for your clinical treatment and will arrange for medications, special diet, tests, laboratory work, or special treatments. Your doctor may also request that other specialists and medical professionals treat you during your hospital stay.

Admission to the Hospital

Our Admitting Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is located on the main floor, off the lobby area. For specific questions or detailed information not covered here, please contact an Admitting Specialist at (323) 730-7350. Pre-admission registration or scheduled admissions
We recommend that you bring some form of identification, your insurance card, and if applicable, the written orders or pre-admission form you received from your physician. If you are being admitted, please leave your valuables at home.

Insurance Coverage
For information regarding your covered services and benefits, please contact your insurance carrier or employer. Some insurance carriers offer limited benefits or require that you obtain pre-admission authorization. You are primarily and ultimately responsible for all charges and bills incurred during your stay. Our insurance verifiers will be pleased to assist you in answering your questions. Please call them at (323) 730-7350 . For a listing of insurance plans accepted at L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center, see Insurance Plans .

Financial Arrangements
Patients without insurance coverage may consider a financial arrangement. If you have any concerns about financing your hospital care, please contact our Admitting Director.

Outpatient Testing Registration
Prior to your outpatient test, please contact the appropriate department to schedule your appointment. Remember to bring all written orders received from your physician and your insurance card. Your physician's office will advise you if a referral or pre-certification is required prior to your outpatient test. On the date of your outpatient test, please register at the Admitting Department located in the main lobby. After registration, you will be directed to the appropriate area.
Your Accommodations & Safety
Our patient rooms are designed to meet the highest standards of quality, comfort, safety, and convenience.

Your hospital bed can be easily adjusted for your comfort.

Nurse Call System
Whenever you need assistance, simply press the call button.

The control of your television set is on the call button.

To place a local call in area code 323, first dial "9", then dial the telephone number you wish to reach. For other area codes and to place long distance calls, please use the pay phones located within your nursing unit.

You should leave jewelry, large sums of money, and other valuables at home. If you have brought valuables with you and cannot send them home with a family member or friend, you can ask your nurse to have them stored in the medical center safe.

L.A. Metropolitan Medical Center is proud to be a non-smoking facility. Smoking by patients, guests, employees, and medical staff is not allowed anywhere within the hospital.

The Visitor and Employee cafeteria is located on the 1st floor of the Los Angeles Campus and on the lower level at the Hawthorne Campus . Both cafeterias are open seven days a week. A variety of hot entrees, cold foods, and snack items are available.

Convenience foods are also available 24 hours a day from vending machines located in the cafeteria. The machines offer a selection of snacks and cold beverages.

Pastoral Care
Acknowledging that a patient's psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural values may affect their response to care, the medical center respects the rights of all patients, their families, and loved ones to receive spiritual and emotional support. The clergy is welcome to visit, and members of the health care team can help patients to contact clergy if they are not already affiliated with a local congregation.

Visiting Hours

Visits from family members and friends greatly enhance the healing process. Our visiting hours are designed to provide patients with maximum rest and recovery time. Visitors are limited to TWO AT A TIME. Children ages 12 and under are not allowed to visit patient areas of the hospital, except with prior permission. Children waiting in the lobby must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Medical and Surgical floor
    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Critical Care Unit
    Visiting hours and length of time for each visit will be left to the discretion of the nursing staff. Visits are limited to immediate family members or significant others. Gifts of food, live flowers, or plants are not accepted in the Critical Care Unit.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (L.A. Campus)
    Monday through Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Weekends and Holidays: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Adult Psychiatry Unit (Hawthorne Campus)
    Monday through Friday: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Weekends and Holidays: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If special arrangements are needed to visit outside the scheduled visiting hours or if small children will be visiting, please make arrangements prior to the visit with the Charge Nurse. For safety reasons, all belongings and gifts must be checked by the nursing staff.

Marina Del Rey Hospital

4650 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-8911 Mission

  • To provide compassionate, high quality healthcare for residents in Marina del Rey's surrounding beach communities and the Westside of Los Angeles.
  • To be recognized for medical excellence in spine, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, minimally invasive surgery, non-invasive cardiology and general acute medical care.
  • Marina Del Rey Hospital will deliver patient-focused, personalized care to achieve the highest level of patient satisfaction.
  • To invest in the communities we serve by providing health education and use of advanced technology to provide quality care.
  • To be the premier provider of minimally invasive surgical services requiring a short length of stay offered with emphasis on customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.
  • We will provide the highest quality of service.
  • We respect the dignity and worth of each person.
  • We embrace teamwork through the empowerment of employees.
  • We value and recognize the importance of compassionate and caring service.
  • We believe that responsible management of our resources is essential to achieving our mission and vision.
  • Our growth will be sustained by the good works we do in the communities we serve.

Patient Information

Visiting Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily

Self Parking: Monday through Sunday, 24/7.

  • First 7 minutes are free
  • 8-20 minutes: $2.50
  • 21-40 minutes: $3.50
  • 41-60 minutes: $6.00
  • Maximum: $10.00

Discharge Information :

Patients are discharged at 11:00 a.m. Before you are discharged, please make sure you have made arrangements for transportation from the hospital.

Financial Arrangements:

Payments are required prior to delivery of service for any amount not covered by your insurance policy. Items such as co-payments and deductibles are collected prior to service. For patients without insurance, Marina Del Rey Hospital offers flat, cash rates and payment arrangements. For services that are not elective, such as emergency admissions or direct admits, a financial counselor is available to assist you with payment options. The financial counselor may be reached at 310.823.8911 ext. 5225, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.


Breakfast 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

4650 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: 310-823-8911
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When it comes to your health you want advanced medicine, but just as important is how you're treated.

Here, our multidisciplinary team is made up of highly skilled physicians, surgeons, specialists, nurses and staff, each whom are highly trained and equipped with the most advanced technology and protocols to handle all types of cases, from the simple to the complex. But what makes this program unique is that we treat you like we treat every patient at a time.

  • Pre & Post Operative Education
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • General Admissions

Here, we believe patients are an active part of the care team and are instrumental to their own success. As a result, education is the first step and is key to a patient's care and success.

General Information

Preparing for Your Surgery or Procedure

We are pleased that you have chosen the Marina Spine Center for your upcoming surgery or procedure. Since you are a key member of your healthcare team, we have prepared this information to give you and your family in order to make this experience as easy and comfortable as possible. We encourage you to ask questions whenever anything is unclear, and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Two Weeks Before Your Surgery or Procedure

Medical Clearance; If your physician has told you that our procedure or surgery requires anesthesia, you will need “Medical Clearance”, from your physician. Without “medical clearance,” you cannot receive anesthesia. Therefore, it is important that you contact your physician at least two weeks before your surgery, so that all necessary examination and tests can be ordered, performed and reviewed by your physician.

As part of “medical clearance,” at least seven days before your surgery or procedure, you need to have an appointment with your primary care physician to have a history and physical examination.

As part of ensuring you have “medical clearance,” your physician may also require that you have laboratory tests performed or other tests (such as a chest x-ray or EKG). All of the tests requested are necessary to assure your smooth course under anesthesia.

Based on your history and physical examination and result from pre-procedure tests, your surgeon or internist will give you “medical clearance” for anesthesia.

Pre-Procedure Patient Profile: In preparation for your surgery or procedure, we would like some information on the current medications you are taking, as well as a history of illness and other procedures. A few weeks before your surgery or procedure, you will be asked to complete some forms. We request that you bring these forms with you on the day of your surgery or procedure.

Medications: In preparation for your surgery or procedure and to ensure that nothing interferes with your anesthesia, please ask your physician if you should take your regular medication on the day of your surgery or procedure. It is generally best to stop taking aspirin or similar anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn and Aleve. Your physician may request that you “taper' or slowly reduce your normal dose of certain medications, so it is important that you discuss this with your physician in advance of your surgery or procedure. Also, be sure to notify your physician immediately if there is a change in your physical condition (For example, if a cold, fever or persistent cough has developed).

Herbal Supplements, Vitamins and Diet Pills: Herbal supplements, vitamins and diet pills can interfere with anesthesia and other medication that may be prescribed to you before or after your surgery or procedure. With this in mind, it is important to let your physician know if you are taking any herbal or nutritional supplements, vitamins or diet pills. Examples are: ginko biloba, ginger, garlic, ginseng, kava kava, St. John's Word, vitamins E and C, DHEA, melatonin, etc. it is generally best to stop taking these products at least two weeks before your surgery or procedure.

A Few Days Before Your Surgery or Procedure

Transportation: If you are having an outpatient surgery or procedure, you must make arrangement for an adult (escort) to take you home from the hospital. Please make arrangements in advance to have a responsible adult drive or escort you home from the hospital. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. There is a possibility that your surgery or procedure will be delayed or cancelled if you do not have a responsible adult scheduled to take you home.

Supplies/Equipment: You may need to rent or buy special equipment or supplies before your surgery or procedure. Ask your physician about your specific needs and if you will need to bring them with you to the hospital.

The Night Before Your Procedure

Food and Drinks: It is likely that your surgery or procedure will require you to be sedated or put to sleep. Therefore do not eat or drink anything, including water after midnight the night before your surgery or procedure, unless your physician instructs you otherwise.

On the Day of Your Procedure

What to Bring: Please be sure to bring the following:

  • Your Pre-Procedure Patient Profile
  • Please do not bring medication to the hospital unless instructed by your physician.
  • Glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or dentures. Plan on these items being taken from you before your surgery. Bring their containers, where appropriate, for safekeeping.
  • Insurance information, emergency telephone numbers, a phone number to reach your escort at home and identification card or driver's license.
  • A copy of your Advance Directive or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare if you have one.
  • Leave valuables at home (jewelry, large amounts of cash)
  • If you're taking medications at home, bring a list with you for the nurse. This would include medication name, dosage and frequency (ex. Lipitor 10mg once a day)

We do not anticipate any delays in starting your procedure. However, in the event of an unforeseen delay, we recommend you also bring a book or magazine.

Arrival: Plan to arrive at least two hours before your surgery or procedure, or earlier if instructed by your physician. Whoever accompanies you may wait in the reception area or pick you up after discharge. You may wish to write down your escort's cell phone or pager number, and provide this information to the nurse admitting you so that your escort will be notified when you are ready to be taken home.

Clothing: Dress comfortably. Wear clothing that can be removed easily, folded and placed in a locker. You will change into a gown and slippers, which will be provided. If you are an inpatient, please put all of your belongings in one small suitcase, It will be necessary to keep this in your car or have it brought in after you have a room assigned following your surgery or procedure.

Registration: Check in with Admitting in the hospital lobby. You will be escorted to the area where you are scheduled to have your surgery or procedure. The Admitting Representative will complete your registration and will ask for a copy of your Advance Directive if you have one.

  • Bring a form of payment for deductables/copay (credit card, cash, cashiers check)
  • Bring a copy of your Advance Directive and/or Power of Attorney
  • For patients with altered level of consciousness, the Power of Attorney (POA) must be present to sign consents and admitting paperwork. proper POA documentation needs to be presented to verify proof.

Valuables and Cash: We cannot assume liability for items such as jewelry, credit cards, wallets, watches or cash. We recommend that all jewelry, credit cards or valuables, preferably, be left at home or in the hospital safe. If you need to bring cash, checks or a credit card to make a deposit or co-payment, please have a family member take them home after you are admitted

The bringing or wearing of valuables to the hospital is discouraged. When a patient brings valuables to the hospital, he/she will be encouraged to send them home with family and/or friends. If the patient must keep the valuables at the hospital, he/she will be asked to put them in safekeeping. Admitting reps and cashiers are directly responsible for implementation of the safeguarding of valuables in conjunction with the nursing units. THE HOSPITAL ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR VALUABLES UNLESS THEY ARE PLACED IN THE HOSPITAL SAFE. You can give your valuables to the admitting staff or your nurse and ask that they be placed in the hospital safe until your discharge.

Lobby/Waiting Area: Your family may accompany you as far as the Surgery lobby and waiting area. The Marina Del Rey Hospital volunteers who staff the lobby and waiting area can serve as a contact for you and the Operating Room staff. The volunteer swill provide your family or significant other(s) updated information regarding the availability of an inpatient room/ICU bed after your discharge from the recovery room or Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). After surgery your surgeon will contact your family in the lobby/waiting area. If your family is not in the lobby frequently, the surgeon will call a family member after surgery if that number was provided to the nurse who admitted you.

Pre-Op Preparation: After you are registered, a Pre-Assessment/Pre-Op registered nurse will see you. Your preparation before surgery includes having your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and weight measured. You will receive a hospital identification bracelet and will be asked to change into a hospital gown. If you have any drug allergies, you will also receive a blue bracelet. Your nurse will review your medical records, verify the information on your chart, confirm the surgical procedure and ask you to sign a Consent Form. An intravenous (IV) infusion will be started and any other necessary procedure will be completed.

Anesthesiologist: Your anesthesiologist will see you the day of your procedure (before the time of your surgery or procedure) to discuss the plan for your anesthesia and answer your questions. It is important for the anesthesiologist to know your previous anesthetic experience, alcohol consumption, use of recreational drugs, current medications, herbal supplements, diet pills and other pertinent medical history.

Operating Room: You will meet your operating room (OR) nurse just before the time of your surgery. The OR nurse will reconfirm the surgery or procedure you are having and will discuss what you might experience in the OR. The OR nurses, surgical nurse practitioners and surgery technicians are specially trained to keep you comfortable and safe during your surgery.

Immediately After your Procedure

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU/Recovery Room): After surgery you will be transferred to the PACU, where the nurses are specially trained to take care of your immediate postoperative needs. It is the nurses' goal to keep you comfortable and safe during your recovery period. The length of time you stay in PACU/recovery room will depend upon the type of surgery or procedure performed, type of anesthesia received and the availability of hospital inpatient beds or ICU beds. The nurses will be in frequent contact with your family in the lobby/waiting area.

Pain Management: Relieving your pain is important to us following your surgery or procedure. Unfortunately, some pain is unavoidable, but most pain can be reduced or minimized. However, you need to tell us when you are experiencing pain. We will do everything feasible to minimize your pain and not jeopardize your health. For us to understand and treat your pain you are going to be asked to rate the pain using a 0 to 10 scale. (ten is the worst pain you can imagine, and zero is no pain.)

Visitor's Policy in the PACU/Recovery Room: It is important for you to rest after your surgery or procedure. Family members and visitors are restricted in Pre-Op and the PACU/recovery room except for parents and guardians of pediatric patients or patients requiring an interpreter. Visiting will depend on your status, post-op bed availability and unit activity. Please check with the volunteer at the desk before entering the PACU/recovery areas. Short Stay: One family member can accompany patients in pre-op.

Inpatient Beds/Intensive Care Unit (ICU): If you are schedule dot stay in our inpatient beds or ICU, you will remain in the PACU/recovery room until your condition is stable. Occasionally there will be delays in transfer to the next level of care due to bed availability. We will keep you and your family informed of any delays or room changes during the course of your recovery.

Discharge Plan


After you are wide awake and your vital signs are stable and at a normal level for you, you will either be taken back to your room or remain in the short stay surgical area until you are ready to go home.

After meeting all of your discharge criteria for you to go home safely, you will be discharged upon the arrival of your escort.

You will receive a call from a nurse within 48 – 72 hours after surgery to follow up on your recovery and to wish you well.


If you are to stay overnight in the hospital, you will be taken to either an intensive care unit or a regular patient care unit, depending on the nature of your surgery. Your family will be notified when you are transferred. Your nurse, along with the other members of the care team, will continue to monitor your progress to full recovery. The length of your stay and what you can eat or drink will depend upon the type of surgery you have had and how quickly your physician feels you are recovering. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything, or your diet may allow liquids or solid foods as you recover.


Regardless of how long you stay, your nurse will review your discharge instructions with you and your family when you are ready to leave the hospital. You will also receive a copy of your instructions to follow while recuperating at home.

These instructions will include:

  • Information about the surgical procedure performed
  • What to expect as you recover from the anesthesia (if appropriate)
  • Instructions about your care at home
  • How to use any assistive devices you may need (for example, crutches, walker)
  • Instructions for your medications and any food and drug interactions
  • How to care for your wound and dressings
  • Your diet
  • When to call your physician for a follow up visit
  • What signs and symptoms to report to your physician
  • Any additional information or instructions you may need

Please ask the nurse to explain any instructions you do not understand. It is very important for you to follow your physician's orders once you get home.

Post Discharge Follow-Up

You will receive a phone call from staff member. We want to make sure that you are doing well and will be available to answer any of your questions.

Special Services

Marina Spine Center

The Marina Spine Center is a multidisciplinary center offering comprehensive spine services – from evaluation and diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation. Patients have direct access to a full range of treatments, including conservative non-surgical approaches and pain management techniques, minimally invasive procedures that ease pain and expedite recovery, and advanced surgical techniques that can restore function when pain or injury is severe or debilitating.

With a staff of experts – including renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins of the Athletes Spine Center – the Marina Spine Center is a worldwide leader in treating back pain and spinal injuries. Professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, USGA and MLB have all chosen Marina Spine Center for essential procedures due to the Center's unmatched expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and close working relationships with physical therapists and athletic trainers all over the country. The same consideration and attention used when treating these professional athletes is given to every single patient.

We invite you to learn more about the Marina Spine Center. To schedule a consultation, please call 310.448.7890 today.

L.A. Bariatrics surgical weight loss center

With the world-renowned L.A. Bariatrics surgical weight loss center, Marina Del Rey Hospital is the Official Hospital of a Thinner You. L.A. Bariatrics provides comprehensive services for patients seeking relief from morbid obesity morbid and weight-related health conditions through weight loss surgery. Specializing in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND® procedure, our team of experts is dedicated to providing the highest quality, multidisciplinary care for every patient.

Under Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Korman, L.A. Bariatrics is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. This three-year designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Surgeons with the designation practice only top quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient.Dr. Korman is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of th eAmerican College of Surgeons and a Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Sugery. The surgeons, physicians, nurses and support staff at L.A. Bariatrics have an excellent track record, and the entire team will work with you from the first informational interview until well after surgery to help ensure that you are comfortable and well informed.

With L.A. Bariatrics, you not only shed excess weight, but also maintain a healthier lifestyle to help keep it off. This is a big step. It can be life-changing. . . and we're with you every step of the way.


If you suffer from arthritis, joint pain, or other conditions involving injury to or disease of the musculoskeletal system, the orthopedics services at Marina Del Rey Hospital will help you regain your independence and get back on the move. With more than 40 specialists offering services for bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, orthopedic services have never been more comprehensive or convenient.

By integrating diagnostic, treatment, surgical and rehabilitation services, Marina Del Rey Hospital encompasses all aspects of orthopedics in a single location with everything you need to restore lost movement and the freedom that comes with it. A number of groundbreaking minimally invasive procedures are available, offering distinct benefits including reduced pain and blood loss, less scarring, more bone retention, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery. Many patients are back on their feet the day after surgery.

Orthopedic specialties include:

  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand and wrist
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery
  • Hip and knee replacement surgery

For a physician referral, please call 1.888.600.5600

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Marina Del Rey Hospital has been a leading innovator in surgery including minimally invasive techniques that can help patients recover more quickly and with less pain. Marina Del Reys Surgery is recognized for a higher level of patient care provided by skilled surgeons, a compassionate nursing staff and qualified medical professionals.

Minimally invasive techniques and Laparoscopic surgery are "minimally invasive" procedures and are performed through one or more short incisions, as opposed to the longer incisions of traditional surgery. For most patients, this leads to significantly less post-operative pain, less time in the hospital and a faster recovery, as less skin, muscle and bone is damaged during the procedure. Minimally invasive procedures also tend to result in reduced blood loss, less scarring and fewer complications than traditional methods.

The laparoscopic approach is routinely applied across the general-surgery spectrum, including: adrenalectomy, appendectomy, bariatric surgery, cholecystectomy, hernia repair, nephrectomy, joints and spine.

For more information about our surgical services, or to find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, ask your physician or for a physician referral please call 1.888.600.5600.

Non-Invasive Cardiology

Early detection and treatment are essential for those battling cardiac disease. Fortunately, Marina Del Rey Hospital is at the forefront of Non-Invasive Cardiology, the detection and non-surgical treatment of heart disease.

Using the most advanced new technologies, our expert team performs a number of tests to detect, evaluate and diagnose disorders of the heart. State-of-the-art equipment allows board-certified cardiologists and highly trained technicians and nurses to accurately visualize the anatomy in stunning detail, leading to improved recognition of the physiological markers of cardiac disease. Once the disease is identified, a treatment plan can begin immediately, improving the likelihood of positive outcomes.

A person with a history of heart disease, chest pain with unknown cause or valvular heart disease may be referred for non-invasive evaluation, including:

  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitors
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Stress tests, including routine exercise, nuclear or stress echocardiography
  • CT Cardiac &Angiography (HeartVesselScanning)

For a physician referral, please call 1.888.600.5600

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