Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Unveils the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Building
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“Throughout our 57-year marriage, Joyce would always tell me the story of how Children’s Hospital Los Angeles saved her hearing when she was a 7-year-old patient here,” philanthropist Stanley Black told the crowd, referring to his wife’s surgery to treat mastoiditis, an extremely severe ear infection that almost left her permanently deaf and years ago was a leading cause of child mortality. “She always said we needed to help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, because they helped her.”
The Joyce and Stanley Black Family Building, formerly the Gateway Building, is the entry point to the entire hospital campus and houses the Burtie Green Bettingen Surgery Center, the Blood Donor Center and Patient Admitting. It also welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors with a beautiful interior that was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers. The building overlooks the Joyce and Stanley Black and Family Healing and Meditation Garden — made possible by another generous donation made by the Blacks in 2004.
“Because of the Black Family’s generosity in making one of the largest individual gifts in our history, we will continue to provide world-class care to everyone who enters our doors,” says Cathy Siegel Weiss, co-chair of the CHLA Board of Trustees. “The family’s gift will enable us to continue to search for cures that are plaguing far too many children and train the next generation of caregivers who are partnering with us to improve the health of children here and around the world.”
The family name is now prominently displayed in two new areas of the hospital: The top of the former Gateway Building that overlooks the healing garden and Sunset Boulevard, and indoors nearby the information desk, the official entrance to the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Building. The occasion was recognized by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who attended the dedication, and an aide for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who delivered a proclamation from the city.
Maximo remained in the hospital two months and underwent several of procedures and surgeries to deal with complications from the mastoiditis. In all, physicians and surgeons from five CHLA divisions - otolaryngology, ophthalmology, infectious diseases, hematology and neurosurgery - have provided care for Max. “I was grateful that CHLA had all the doctors under one roof who could help my son,” says mom Graciela. “Everyone – from the doctors, nurses and to the Child Life team – did a wonderful job with Maximo.”
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.