From the CEO: How Your Support Made an Impact in 2011!


Thank you for supporting us in 2011!

Last year was a defining year for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I would like to take a moment to celebrate with you, our supporters in our community, because what we have accomplished together is truly phenomenal.

Award-winning Care

  • U.S. News & World Report once again named our hospital to its elite Honor Roll of children’s hospitals. Only 11 children’s hospitals in the United States achieved Honor Roll status for 2011-12, and Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in California to receive the tribute.
  • For the third consecutive year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has earned the Top Hospital designation from The Leapfrog Group, which annually recognizes the best hospitals in the nation for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients.
  • In June, Pasadena Magazine’s fourth annual “Top Doctors” issue honored 86 staff physicians from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group.

Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion Opens

  • On June 23, 2011, more than 200 community leaders and supporters celebrated the historic dedication of the nation’s most technologically advanced children’s hospital by cutting the ribbon on the new Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The building was named for philanthropists Marion and John E. Anderson who made the transformative $50 million gift to fund the project.
  • On July 17, 2011, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles staff safely transported 191 inpatients into the 317-bed, seven-story Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion. The process started at 7 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m., when the last patient was brought inside the new building.

Advances in Medicine

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently joined the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) as a Center of Clinical Excellence, and is now the only ATN site in California. The ATN is supported by Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
  • A team of neonatologists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles published the first research paper indicating that the use of a remote controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe.
  • Randall Wetzel, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, organized the “meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data Symposium,” held Aug. 26-27. Representatives from NASA, Harvard, Stanford, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Yahoo and Facebook gathered to discuss how best to harness electronic data to enhance the quality of care delivered to patients.

Donations Changing Lives

  • The 25th Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon, held Sept.17-18 raised more than $1 million dollars for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Racers raised funds in support of the hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

Please know that all of us at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are truly grateful for your continued support on this journey and, with your support in 2012, we will only grow in our ability to fulfill our mission of creating hope and building healthier futures.

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Richard D. Cordova, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer