Monday, June 12, 2017
On March 2017, UCLA Health announced a $50-million gift from Mattel, Inc. to expand and enhance the work of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. This commitment also supports UCLA’s focus on children’s health globally, with partnerships in China, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. UCLA inaugurated its collaboration with Beijing Children’s Hospital Group/Futang Research Center of Pediatric Development (BCHG), a network of 20 pediatric hospitals throughout China, to improve the health and well-being of children in the world’s largest nation.
The program at UCLA is led by Sherin Devaskar, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Mattel Children’s Hospital, and Chair of Pediatrics; Theodore Moore, MD, Chief of Pediatric Oncology; Uday Devaskar, MD, Chief of Neonatology; Joyce Wu, MD, Pediatric Neurology; and Kellye Carroll, MS, CCLS, Director, Chase Child Life Program. Joint initiatives will include educational exchanges of pediatricians, clinical capacity building programs, and innovative collaborative research that can transform BCHG’s approach to these important pediatric subspecialties. Specific focus areas include pediatric oncology, neurology, and neonatology; research; and making children’s medical experiences as anxiety-free as possible.
UCLA will also work to develop child life services in BCHG hospitals. Pioneered at UCLA, these services appropriately address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of each child and his/her family in a culturally sensitive manner.