Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Recognizes the 5-year Anniversary of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion

The hospital’s 7-story inpatient tower ushered in a new era of
pediatric care for the children of Southern California

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Five years ago in July, the $636-million Marion and John E. Anderson
Pavilion at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles opened its doors, ushering
in a new era of health care for children in Southern California and
transforming the practice of pediatric medicine to benefit patients,
families and hospital caregivers for generations to come. The
seven-story, 460,000-square-foot structure, named in honor of
philanthropists Marion and John E. Anderson, was designed to further
expand services as well as increase the ability to provide
family-centered care for young patients.

“On this five-year anniversary of the opening of the Marion and John E.
Anderson Pavilion, I’d like to thank Marion for the amazing gift that
she and her late husband John have given to the children of Los
Angeles,” says Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer of
CHLA. “Their generosity is unparalleled in the history of our hospital
and we owe them a deep debt of gratitude.”

“Our growth over the past five years as a result of the opening of this
new facility has been impressive,” Viviano observes. “The Anderson
Pavilion’s helipad has supported 3,500 emergency landings, helping the
most vulnerable patients in our care get to and from the hospital
safely. In June 2011, the daily inpatient census hovered around 225-230
children. Now, CHLA’s daily census averages 285 patients, and often much
higher depending on the season. Inpatient discharges increased from
11,470 in 2011 to 16,298 in 2016. In five years, we’ve discharged 73,022
inpatients and triaged more than half a million patient visits,
including visits to our emergency department and outpatient clinics for
care,” Viviano says.

The hospital marked the occasion by serving ice cream sundaes to
hospital staff and recognizing Marion Anderson and her late husband
during a recent meeting of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Board of
Trustees. The hospital was visited by Viviana Flores, now 11, a leukemia
survivor who was just 6 at the time of the move to the new facility and
one of 200 critically-ill patients who were transferred from CHLA’s
previous hospital facility into the new Anderson Pavilion in July 2011.
These patients included a great number of children with very acute
health issues—neonates too small to be treated at any other area
hospital, patients undergoing bone marrow or other transplant care,
children recovering from acute cardiac conditions and more. “Many of
these patients could not leave their beds for the journey to the new
facility and some required comprehensive teams of clinicians to surround
them on their journey from start to finish,” Viviano says.

Flores and her family reunited with the nursing team who cared for her
while being treated at CHLA. “It was emotional for all of us to see them
again,” says her mom, Diana Hernandez, of Port Hueneme, Calif. “Viviana
was treated here for 8 months and it was tough. But today she had a big
smile on her face and she was so happy to see everyone. Walking down the
hall, we saw so many familiar faces. For us, we always had a calming
feeling at CHLA because you knew everything was going to be OK.”

It was for families like Viviana’s that the Anderson Pavilion was
designed.

“The majority of our inpatient rooms are single rooms with private
bathrooms and overnight accommodations for families, so the Anderson
Pavilion was built with family-centered care in mind,” says Philippe
Friedlich, MD, interim chief of the Division of Neonatology at
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and medical director of the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit, one of the units which saw the greatest expansion
with the opening of the Anderson Pavilion. “Not only have we been able
to help more patients, but the building is specially designed to handle
the latest advances in technology, complex medical surgeries and
emergency care and our numerous clinical trials to find cures for
pediatric diseases and conditions.”

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s
hospital in California and among the top 10 in the nation for clinical
excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World
Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research
Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research
facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of
America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932
with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern
California.

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Contacts

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Lorenzo Benet
tel: 323-361-4823
lbenet@chla.usc.edu