Children's Hospital Los Angeles has announced a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor in support of its emergency department and trauma center.
The gift will fund renovations and enhancements to the Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Emergency Department and Trauma Center, which supports nearly ninety thousand pediatric patient visits annually. Scheduled to commence later this year, the project will include an expansion of the waiting room; eleven new patient bays, resulting in a 30 percent increase in the patient capacity of the unit; remodeled nursing stations designed to enhance team-based care; and the addition of high-tech cardiopulmonary monitors and electronic medical record monitors.
The gift also will support the creation of a dedicated Child Life team whose members are certified and trained to prepare and soothe young patients during rigorous emergency procedures, communicate with anxious family members, and guide clinicians on child-friendly care delivery methods, as well as the purchase of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine for hospital-wide use.
"With the new space and technology, the department will increase its capacity to deliver safe, innovative care, improve workflow, and reduce wait times for patients, while also training the next generation of pediatric emergency medicine specialists," said Alan L. Nager, CHLA's director of emergency and transport medicine. "In 2016, CHLA launched an ambitious initiative to improve the ED patient experience by improving the speed of treatment while delivering the safest, highest-quality medical care....Now, thanks to this momentous gift, we will be able to invest in capital, equipment, and personnel to better support this improved model."