Staff Stories

Published on October 6, 2020
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A group of CHLA volunteers, from left to right: Lucy Rodriguez, Jairo Lopez, Tessa Carlisle, Jolie Held and Olivia Bates. As CHLA responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital’s volunteers didn’t miss a beat. The program safely continued and adapted to the organization’s... Read More
Published on October 2, 2020
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Longtime CHLA housekeeper Ana Gonzalez cleans and sanitizes the rooms of COVID-19-positive patients, protecting the health of everyone who enters them after her.
Published on August 24, 2020
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In a time when safe is what we all want to feel, Security Officer Helen Pineda helps protect patients, visitors and team members at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  
Published on August 4, 2020
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By Candace Pearson  Helping children feel empowered to cope with challenging, often scary circumstances—like the worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus—is at the heart of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. So it makes perfect sense for the hospital to publish an... Read More
Published on August 4, 2020
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With kid-friendly techniques and compassion, Child Life specialist Alex Rogers helps patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles heal so they can get back to being kids.
Published on July 2, 2020
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Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, “Protecting our patients has always been the No. 1 priority,” says Pam Gordon, CHLA’s Vice President of Patient Safety, Quality and Operational Excellence.
Published on June 30, 2020
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In the new Wild West of procuring hospital supplies, CHLA Supply Chain team members Ricardo Balderrama and David Billings find ways to get doctors and nurses what they need.
Published on May 21, 2020
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During the novel coronavirus pandemic, Linda Bennett helps feed Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients, as well as her tireless colleagues.
Published on May 14, 2020
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Earthquakes, power outages and now COVID-19—how CHLA’s Disaster Resource Center handles a crisis, before it even happens. 
Published on May 11, 2020
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The quick mobilization of screenings by CHLA’s nursing team promotes a safe care environment during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Published on May 11, 2020
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As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stein has been leading CHLA’s response to COVID-19. Here, he shares what life has been like during the pandemic.  
Published on May 1, 2020
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CHLA’s infection prevention specialist has the exact training necessary to handle the COVID-19 crisis.
Published on April 23, 2020
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Epidemiologist Michael Smit is helping to lead CHLA’s response to COVID-19. 
Published on April 22, 2020
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How the foresight of one CHLA investigator impacted the entire institution—and the community.
Published on April 21, 2020
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During the COVID-19 crisis, CHLA’s Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program goes virtual to provide much needed stress relief for patients, families and staff.
Published on April 16, 2020
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How do you serve 7,000 meals and clean 2 million square feet every day during the COVID-19 pandemic? Planning, coordination and a lot of teamwork.
Published on May 29, 2019
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As head technical advisor on “The Hot Zone,” a miniseries that dramatizes the 1989 discovery of the Ebola virus in a U.S. research lab, CHLA epidemiologist Michael Smit made sure the on-screen science and scientists stayed as authentic as possible. Once upon the 1990s, Michael... Read More
Published on May 29, 2019
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Walk and Play L.A. is right around the corner! So many people have already signed up to join us on June 22, 2019 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.  Walking again this year is Jessica Ward, PhD, MPH, CPNP, RN, a research nurse scientist in the Institute for... Read More
Published on October 3, 2018
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Phyllis D’Ambra will never forget the day that changed her life. A teenager sitting quietly among her peers in a classroom at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, Calif., she was summoned to the principal’s office. “There were 62 of us in the senior class and the... Read More
Published on August 16, 2018
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CHLA physician Dan Thomas, a former standout collegiate miler, drew on his history as a runner to help him overcome a near-fatal onset of Guillain Barré syndrome. By Jeff Weinstock Doctors do the darndest things. Take the one who walked right up to Dan Thomas, MD, at a... Read More

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