Children's Hospital Los Angeles Receives $8.5 Million Pledge

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has announced a gift of $5 million from the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation toward construction of a state-of-the-art pediatric inpatient rehabilitation center. To support the center's completion, the gift includes a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $3.5 million on all donations through 2016.

Scheduled to open in October, the 22,000-square-foot Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation Rehabilitation Center will house twenty-two patient beds in two isolation rooms, three semi-private double rooms, and sixteen private rooms. In addition, the center will offer a range of amenities, including innovative technologies, 1,750 square feet of physical and occupational therapy space, an occupational therapy craft room, a speech therapy room, a child life playroom, and the GetWellNetwork — an interactive system developed for pediatric patients that enables them to learn and play while in the hospital.

The late Margie Petersen was a CHLA regent and board of trustee member. Her late husband Robert was the founder and chairman of the Petersen Publishing Co. The couple, whose two sons were killed in a 1975 plane crash, maintained a longstanding relationship with the hospital.

"The CHLA rehabilitation unit is a very special place where many of the young patients in our care have suffered a devastating illness or injury and are relearning basic functions that we take for granted like sitting up, holding a fork, and talking," said CHLA president and CEO Richard D. Cordova. "This tremendous gift will give them the healing environment they deserve and our staff the facilities to match the level of the care they provide. We are so honored and humbled by the generosity of the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation — its legacy of compassion will be mirrored in the strength of the children we serve for generations to come."