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Local News in Brief : Spinal Cord Injuries Center Is Dedicated

An $18-million, 120-bed center for the treatment of spinal cord injuries was dedicated Wednesday at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Honored at the ceremony was 89-year-old Dr. Ernest Bors, for whom the new center is named. Bors, who drew international attention after World War II for his treatment programs for paralyzed veterans, retired in 1970 as chief of the spinal cord injury service at the Long Beach VA hospital.

The 140,000-square-foot, two-story center includes four 30-bed acute wards, a one-bedroom apartment to facilitate a patient’s transition from hospital care to private living, and several rehabilitative therapy departments.


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