LOS ANGELES — The Maimonide Medical Center, a $1 billion-plus project at the center of a contentious debate over medical ethics, will open this month in Los Angles.
The facility, which is in the midst of a $200 million upgrade, will be one of five in the United States to open to the public.
The others are at the University of California, San Francisco and the University Of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
This is the first time the Maimonids Medical Center has been opened in the country.
The other facilities opened in recent years were at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The new center is expected to be fully operational in the coming months, said Dr. Gary Maimon, president and CEO of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Maimonides is located near Santa Monica in the Los Angeles area.
Its main campus is in Beverly Hills and it has an affiliated medical school in Pasadena.
Maimonides will become the fifth medical center in the U.S. to open its doors to the general public.
It is one of several new medical centers announced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to tackle the nation’s rising numbers of cancer cases and deaths.
The CDC has been working to make the U,S.
more cancer-free, and Maimonites has been one of the main players in that effort.
In 2014, the Maimons medical center was the focus of a major kerfuffle.
In August, a federal judge ordered the Mavens to release documents related to the operation of the facility, including records from the time the hospital was opened.
Then-U.S.-Cancer Foundation CEO Dr. Andrew Weil filed a lawsuit against the Mamonys over the documents.
He also claimed that the Marnys had withheld information from him about the medical center’s history.
In October, Maimon told The Associated Press that he has been contacted by doctors, nurses and students from the hospital and other facilities in Southern California who are upset about the documents’ release.
He did not give further details about what those doctors, nurse and students were telling him.
The Maimones have defended the documents, saying they are public records and a way for public officials and others to see what the Maminys do with them.