Hospital Programs

Published on July 28, 2017
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Another summer, another camp. But this specific camp let’s you be a hero! …A ‘Handy Hero’ that is! Created and led by occupational therapists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Handy Heroes Therapy Camp is a fun, motivating, and therapeutic summer day camp program designed... Read More
Published on June 13, 2017
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Over the past few months, controversy has circled over Netflix’s latest original series, “13 Reasons Why.” The show, which targets teens and young adults, focuses on a complicated topic: adolescent suicide. Sara Sherer, PhD, a psychologist and the director of Behavioral... Read More
Published on May 5, 2017
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What is tetralogy of Fallot? Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect—a problem with the heart’s structure that’s present at birth—that changes the normal flow of blood through the heart. Babies and children who have tetralogy of Fallot experience episodes of cyanosis... Read More
Published on May 1, 2017
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Every day, countless individuals make a difference in the lives of the young patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. But did you know that some of those individuals are schoolteachers? These teachers, who work for the Carlson Home and Hospital School at the Los Angeles... Read More
Published on January 25, 2017
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Written by Heather Ayers-Cluff, MSW, CPST; Jessica MacDonald, PT, CPST; Kathleen Palas, RN III, CPST; Mina Farag, MPH, CPSTI Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 53 requires all children under 2 years old to ride in a rear-facing car seat. The new law will NOT apply to... Read More
Published on January 5, 2017
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A group, known as the ‘6AM-ers,’ rise early in the morning and travel from as far away as Monrovia, Pasadena and Sylmar twice a month to donate blood and platelets at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Blood Donor Center. Their special gift of life has been helping kids who are... Read More
Published on August 24, 2016
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At what camp can you be a Jedi one day and a wizard the next, and all while improving strength, coordination and motor skills? Handy Heroes Therapy Camp! This therapeutic summer day camp at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a unique camp—in fact, it’s the only camp of... Read More
Published on June 7, 2016
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Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has partnered with Bank of America to be the bridge towards healthcare careers for college students that are searching, curious and ambitious. The program gives young adults who come from... Read More
Published on June 1, 2016
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Project NATEEN gives teens the courage and resources to believe in the future. When Stephanie Williams started her classes at Second Chance High School at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, she was a scared 19-year-old mom. She had been out of school for more than a year... Read More
Published on May 10, 2016
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles' seventh annual CATCH (Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences) picnic took place on Saturday, April 30th, and was attended by many CHLA patient families. The gathering unites families and children with hand... Read More
Published on May 4, 2016
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“I thought I’d never get the job. However, I applied, was selected and just celebrated 10 years working at CHLA!” The job mentioned above is not a nurse, a doctor or anything one would typically associate with a hospital setting. In fact, it’s another very important role... Read More
Published on April 11, 2016
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Not many people can say they haven’t missed a single day of work for an entire year, but the furry volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can!  This incredible milestone was met on April 11. That’s 365... Read More
Published on April 8, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psycologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children’s birthday parties can be overwhelming for any child. With the combination of high expectations, sugary treats and... Read More
Published on April 7, 2016
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You might say that 13-year-old Erika Daniels has a serious case of puppy love. “I looove dogs,” she gushes. Of course, her favorite four-legged friend is her own dog, an adorable cocker spaniel named Patches. But the La Verne eighth grader also has a special place in... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
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From The Developing Mind Newsletter, Winter 2016 Written by Larry Yin, MD, medical director of The Boone Fetter Clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Most children feel a little anxious about seeing a doctor. Some fear even temporary... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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Blog post written by Kristin Flynn, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles No matter the age or intensity of play, after a sports injury an athlete’s main goal is usually to get back on the field. However, as a parent your main... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
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Written by HIlary Tighe, RN resident, CTICU/CV Acute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles It’s 7:20 a.m. and the 49 new graduate nurses of the September 2015 cohort trickle into the seventh-floor classroom. We sit in our “houses”—groups made up of new grads from units other... Read More
Published on January 7, 2016
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Even if a child’s food allergy is not life-threatening, a chance encounter with the wrong food can be a scary experience for every member of the family. CHLA has provided comprehensive support for children battling food allergies for many years. The recent naming of the... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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A blood clot is when blood changes from a liquid to a solid. Blood clots are good because they help your body stop bleeding. But they can form when you don’t need them in veins or arteries. You can have a blood clot in your arteries or veins in places like your arms, legs, eyes... Read More
Published on September 14, 2015
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Obesity is one of the most important health problems facing our community today. One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood... Read More

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