Children's Fund

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Through the unrestricted gifts of generous donors, the Children’s Fund enables our hospital to fulfill its mission. The Children's Fund supports the very foundation of our hospital, making possible the commitment to diverse services and programs like the ones listed below. Our accomplishments are a reflection of our extraordinary donors. Your generous support enables us to excel.

Family-Centered Care

We believe that the patient’s family is an integral part of the healing process. The Children’s Fund supports treatment teams who offer care beyond medications, surgery or therapy. They treat the psychosocial needs of the child as well as their parents and siblings. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Child Life Program is not merely an extra measure of care—it is an essential part of a child’s treatment and recovery, and the heart and soul of family-centered care.

Expert Patient Care for All Families

We are the primary safety net for all families in need of highly specialized pediatric medical care. In fact, we provide nearly 100 subspecialties of care. Every day, we receive patient referrals from institutions that lack the expertise and resources to provide the level of advanced pediatric care that the Children’s Fund supports.

Surgical Excellence

Our Department of Surgery is one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation. Our internationally renowned surgeons perform nearly 17,000 surgical procedures per year, including more complex procedures than any other hospital in Southern California. With a commitment to innovation, the Department utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce discomfort and speed recovery times.

Research and Discovery

The Saban Research Institute comprises basic, translational and clinical research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It is one of the few freestanding pediatric research centers in the U.S. where scientific inquiry is pursued alongside clinical care devoted exclusively children. Backed by $129.9 million in total funding and $32.4 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, more than 230 principal investigators collaborate to combat cancer, brain disorders, autism, obesity and diabetes, among other devastating pediatric diseases. CHLA ranks in the top 10 among children’s hospitals for NIH funding.

    Education and Training

    Since 1932, the affiliation between our hospital and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has helped us educate the pediatric specialists of the future. We pioneered the training of nurses through what has become the Versant RN Residency Program, a national model for new nurse graduate training.