Community Leaders Dedicate Anderson Pavilion

Published on 
June 28, 2011

More than 200 community leaders and supporters celebrated the historic dedication of the nation’s most technologically advanced children’s hospital on June 23 by cutting the ribbon on the new Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Since its humble beginnings in a small house on Castelar Street 110 years ago, the hospital has evolved into a 317-bed, seven story, state-of-the-art structure that will serve generations of children in need of highly specialized care for decades to come.

“This is an amazing day for our community that has been more than a decade in the making,” said Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “As a community we have designed and constructed the perfect building which is truly a work of art, and certainly a precious jewel for the City of Los Angeles.”

The $636 million hospital building will usher in a new era of pediatric and adolescent health care not only for Angelenos but for the many patients who come from around the world to seek care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The new 460,000-square-foot structure is a model family-centered care environment with every aspect designed with families in mind. Nearly all of its patient rooms are private.

The remarkable building was recently named the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, in honor of the philanthropists who made the transformative $50 million gift to fund the project. Hospital staff are scheduled to move more than 200 inpatients into the new building on Sunday, July 17.

“What’s more important than the steel, bricks and mortar is what occurs inside with the work of our wonderful doctors, nurses and clinicians,” said Cordova. “Our team provides outstanding medical care, hope and compassion to our young patients and their families to give them the best chance at winning the many battles they face against illness, injury and disease.”

Fulfilling a Community Need

Civic leaders and hospital administrators identified the need for the new hospital building more than a decade ago. With the growth of Los Angeles and patients traveling from throughout the world to seek care from the expert physicians at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, demand for services exceeded the current hospital capacity. The new Anderson Pavilion allows for increased access, expanded patient care services and the ability to recruit new physicians in key specialties.

The dedication and support of Southern California residents eventually led to more than $1 billion being raised for the new building and other critical programs and research, the largest-ever single fundraising campaign in the nation by a freestanding, independent children’s hospital. Known as Living Proof: the Campaign for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, an unprecedented 737,743 individual gifts were received.