Here’s to you, the patients, families, volunteers and communities who inspire and push us to be our best in all that we do. Read the stories about our staff and patients and the many others who inspire us.

Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

To celebrate her last day of chemotherapy, cancer patient Robin Reader got a special visit from Blue Moon, a mini-horse who is part of the


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Heart Transplant Support Group

Heart Transplant Support Group

“This is the heart transplant support group,” says Codie Lieto, far right, a clinical social worker at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We meet with
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Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

“Volunteering here was life-changing for me,” says Jan Garber, who volunteered at UCLA Health 40 years ago. “I volunteered
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Still Working

Still Working

“I’ve seen through our magnet journey how the nurses here light up when they’re talking about the projects they’re involved
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Confirmation by a Smile

Confirmation by a Smile

“I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics when this little boy started to smile,” says Nareg Thomas, a Care Extender
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Walking and Walking

Walking and Walking

“I got my heart and kidney transplant done at the same time,” says 61-year-old Frank Poblete, who was
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Birthday Cakes for Everyone

Birthday Cakes for Everyone

“I like to see people smile,” says Margarita Espinoza, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I started making these
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Relaxation Through Sound

Relaxation Through Sound

“I will place small Tibetan bowls on the patient’s bed and have meditation music in the background to change the energy in the room,”
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Transporting Happiness

Transporting Happiness

“Volunteering is something that is really rewarding and is a great experience,” says Jason Thai, a pre-med student who volunteers at Read more »

It's All Good

It's All Good

“I’d let other kids know that you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but every day is worth it,”
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Meant to Be

Meant to Be

“The doctor said, ‘There’s nothing else we can do,’ but my daughter said, ‘We want a new heart,’” says 70-year-old Sarah Hopkins, whose Read more »

Patient's cataracts removed so he can see a brighter future

Patient's cataracts removed so he can see a brighter future

Things are looking up for Steve Richards thanks to a Jules Stein eye surgeon who helped restore his vision Steve, a 46-year-old accountant,
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