Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Location 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Care system Private
Hospital type Children's
Affiliated university University of Southern California
Emergency department Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers
Beds 300+
Founded 1901
Lists Hospitals in U.S.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles, is a non-profit hospital that cares for more than 107,000 infants, children andyoung adults each year,[1] with physician expertise in over 100 pediatric specialties and subspecialties.[2]

The hospital has been included in the Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll for 2012-2013 by U.S. News & World Report and is currently the 5th ranked children's hospital in the United States and the top ranked children's hospital in the western United States.[3] It has also received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.[4]

The hospital is affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. The current president and CEO is Richard D. Cordova, FACHE. Mr. Cordova announced his plans to retire in December 2014.[5] Paul S.Viviano will become the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in August 2015.[6]

Care provision[edit]

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the largest regional referral center for children in critical condition who need life-saving care.

While most of the children admitted come from Los Angeles County, others come from the seven-county area near Los Angeles that includes Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Additional referrals come from elsewhere around the world.

Statistics regarding care:

  • More than 62,000 children are treated each year in the Emergency Department
  • Children's is designated as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the Los Angeles County EMS Agency
  • Operator of one of the largest dedicated neonatal/pediatric transport program in the nation, annually triaging more than 3,000 patients using a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, chartered Lear jet and other means of transportation.
  • Over 11,000 children admitted annually, with almost 50-percent of those admissions children under the age of five
  • Triage for more than 287,000 visits a year to the 29 outpatient clinics and laboratories and nearly 2,800 visits at community sites
  • Performs more than 13,900 pediatric surgeries a year, including more than 850 cardiothoracic surgeries (heart, lung and heart-lung transplants), 550 cardio- catheterizations; 650 neurosurgeries; and 1,570 orthopaedic surgeries
  • Maintains one of the most active and productive Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) centers in the United States, providing long-term cardiac and/or pulmonary bypass support for infants and children who are in life-threatening cardiac or cardio-respiratory failure in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.
  • Provides innovative therapies for high-risk infants transferred from other hospitals throughout Southern California and beyond
  • Maintenance of the only dedicated, separately staffed pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit for children on the west coast
  • Provides 35 pediatric critical care beds, more than at any other hospital in the Western United States.

Sunset Bridge[edit]

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the only pediatric academic medical center in the United States to have a bridge across Route 66.[citation needed] The hospital's main bridge connects its north and south sides of its main campus with a bridge that crosses Sunset Boulevard, an iconic thoroughfare that not only traverses Hollywood and a major section of Los Angeles.

The 40-ton, 117-foot-long walkway bridge was bolted into place above Sunset Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and Rodney Drive in October 2012[7] and was dedicated in March 2013.[8]

Sunset Bridge photos from Dedication Event Campus photo featuring Sunset Bridge Sunset Bridge crossing Route 66

Construction of the Los Angeles city landmark was jointly supported by two of Los Angeles' most significant philanthropists, Cheryl Saban, PhD, and Marion Anderson, who, along with their spouses Haim Saban and the late John Edward Anderson, jointly funded the $10 million project. Both ZGF Architects and Traffic Management, Inc., groups that helped move the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center, played significant roles in the construction and move of the bridge into its current position.


The hospital's activities include comprehensive laboratory, clinical, translational and community research designed to investigate the developmental origins of health and disease. All research takes place under the auspices of The Saban Research Institute, the largest and most productive pediatric research center in the western United States, ranking ninth in the nation in federal funding for pediatric research at stand-alone pediatric facilities, including from federal agencies, like the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Coordinates: 34°05′51″N 118°17′26″W / 34.09750°N 118.29056°W / 34.09750; -118.29056