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By Jane Murcia • April 3, 2020

“The United Airlines visit is one my favorites from the whole year,” gushes Tracy Serrano, a child life specialist at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital,

By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

Landing in the hospital around the holidays isn’t pleasant  -- unless you’re a group of United Airlines pilots, flight attendants and volunteers arriving to deliver teddy bears and good cheer to young patients at the Mattel Children’s Unit [...]

By uclahealth • December 17, 2019
While no day is ever the same, today will be an extra-busy day for Karleen Wray, Child Life Specialist II at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital / Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Early arrival is typical for Karleen. Her commute, a quick 20 minutes, but with a 5:30 am start time, [...]
By uclahealth • March 28, 2019
“If somebody is scared of needles, we will use real medical equipment and poke them into stuffed animals so they can see what will happen and we can desensitize them to what they’re afraid of,” says Ada Bodolay, a clinical educator and child [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
The boat is the first thing kids notice when they [...]
By uclahealth • July 11, 2017
To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the 8th floor of your medical center, in the ICU. After a bravely combating a myriad of health issues for two-and-a-half weeks with profound determination [...]
By patrickeck • July 7, 2016