Staff Stories

Published on July 2, 2020
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
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
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
CHLA’s infection prevention specialist has the exact training necessary to handle the COVID-19 crisis.
Published on April 23, 2020
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
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
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 May 29, 2019
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 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
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
Published on September 15, 2016
Anat Erdreich-Epstein prepares for her 10th year biking in the triathlon that supports her cancer research Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD, PhD, doesn’t get to train as much as she’d like to for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. She bikes on the weekends when possible, but she has to... Read More
Published on May 9, 2014
Every year, the first week of May doesn’t go unnoticed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—it’s National Nurses Week! Our nurses are committed to excellent patient care and are the heart of CHLA’s mission to create hope and build healthier futures. Each of our many nurses has a... Read More
Published on April 14, 2014
      Not many people can say they have stayed loyal to the same job for the last 40 years, but the Locksmith of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Luis Rodriguez can. Jewelry Maker in Cuba Turned Locksmith Coming to America from Cuba in 1974, a young Rodriguez learned of... Read More
Published on January 28, 2014
Every two years, we get into the Olympic spirit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The patients and staff get inspired watching the United States compete. The Olympics provide hope to many kids that with hard work and determination, they can reach their personal goals. Yet,... Read More
Published on July 17, 2013
He did it! Aaron Tanner literally went over the edge for autism. Congratulations for raising over $2,000 to help kids and families with autism spectrum disorders.On Saturday, July 27, Aaron Tanner, MS, CCC-SLP, will go “Over The Edge” to raise awareness about autism spectrum... Read More