Cedars-Sinai: Get Treated Like a Star
Thanks to donations from Hollywood's elite, Los Angeles residents have access to some of the best medical care in the world.
If you think celebrities spend incredible sums of money on their own private dwellings, know that the amount pales in comparison to what a handful of Hollywood's best and brightest donate to facilities that everyone can enjoy. One celebrity-funded venue can even save your life.
You might have heard of the world-famous Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, located on a prime piece of real estate on the edge of Beverly Hills, Calif. Sure, it's where Hollywood's elite go to have their babies and cure what ails them. But the vast majority of the medical work done there is for everyday folk like us.
Partially because of the contributions of the stars, Cedars-Sinai's research, equipment and facilities are among the best in the world. Just to name a few, there's the Steven Spielberg Pediatrics Research Center, the massive Max Factor Family Medical Building, the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, and the Barbara and Marvin Davis Research Building.
You can access just about all of them from George Burns Road and Gracie Allen Drive, which run right through the medical center. The famous showbiz couple also contributed to the Burns & Allen Research Institute.
Walk through the halls and you'll note donations from The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation, Ronald O. Perelman, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation and the Saban Family Foundation.
You'll also see original, donated artwork by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Roy Lichetenstein, among many others.
And while you're waiting, you can grab a snack in the Ray Charles Cafeteria, which is, needless to say, much better-appointed than your average hospital eatery.
Of course, there are elegant celebrity suites and elaborate security precautions to keep the paparazzi at bay, but when it comes to medical treatment, you don't have to be a VIP to get some of the best care in the world, and you can thank Hollywood for much of that.