Items Tagged ‘featured’

Knock Me Over With a Feather

April 23, 2019

Knock Me Over With a Feather

By uclahealth uclahealth

“When you are on the other side, you feel like you’ve won,” says 72-year-old John Babcock, who received a heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2018. “I have hope now, and I didn’t have that before. My story started in 2013 with an arrhythmia in my heart. I came to UCLA Health […]

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Tags: arrhythmia, featured, heart transplant, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


My Journey through Donation

April 22, 2019

My Journey through Donation

By MichelleNicole michellenicole39

July 10th 2018 I am walking down the halls of Ronald Reagan Medical Center with butterflies in my stomach. My mom and dad following close behind, whispering it would all be okay, reminding me how brave I was. This was a Tuesday unlike any summer day. Typically, surrounded by colleagues at work and heading to […]

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Tags: CORE Kidney Program, dialysis, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, featured, kidney disease, kidney donation, Kidney Fair, non-directive donor, organ donation, patient stories, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surgery


Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

April 12, 2019

Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

By uclahealth uclahealth

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 UCLA Health People-Animal Connection program.  Robin, who had a rare form of cancer, was diagnosed when she was 26 weeks pregnant. As a result, oncologists at UCLA Medical Center, Santa […]

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Tags: cancer, featured, oncology, PAC, pet therapy, therapy horse, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLAPAC


Heart Transplant Support Group

April 12, 2019

Heart Transplant Support Group

By uclahealth uclahealth

“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 patients, families, and their caregivers. It’s important to have peer-to-peer support. We try to facilitate patients and families being able to support one another and help each other through this […]

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Tags: featured, heart transplant, heart transplant support group, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, social worker, support group


Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

April 11, 2019

Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

By nickcarranza nickcarranza

“Volunteering here was life-changing for me,” says Jan Garber, who volunteered at UCLA Health 40 years ago. “I volunteered when I was 17 with a brand new program, Child Activity. It was a new concept in hospitalization for children. I now volunteer in the Child Life Program. I don’t remember as many long-term patients from […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Health Volunteer


Still Working

April 10, 2019

Still Working

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve seen through our magnet journey how the nurses here light up when they’re talking about the projects they’re involved in,” says Iris Mayoral, a clinical nurse at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, which was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “I’m involved in the falls prevention project. Patients in the […]

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Tags: featured, Magnet Designation, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA


Confirmation by a Smile

April 10, 2019

Confirmation by a Smile

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics when this little boy started to smile,” says Nareg Thomas, a Care Extender at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I first entered the room, I was a little nervous because the nurses had been trying all day to interact with the boy, but he was super introverted. […]

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Tags: featured, National Volunteering Week, UCLA Care Extenders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Volunteer


Walking and Walking

April 10, 2019

Walking and Walking

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I got my heart and kidney transplant done at the same time,” says 61-year-old Frank Poblete, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having heart problems since 2001. “I stayed here for about three months waiting for a new heart and in the meantime, my kidney started to fail. One kidney was […]

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Tags: dialysis, featured, heart and kidney transplant, heart problems, heart transplant, kidney transplant, pacemaker, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Birthday Cakes for Everyone

April 9, 2019

Birthday Cakes for Everyone

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I like to see people smile,” says Margarita Espinoza, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I started making these tiny cakes for patient’s birthdays. The cakes are a candle with a little light and I think it helps the patients feel good. The first time I made one it took 20 minutes, but […]

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Tags: featured, hospital volunteer, National Volunteer Week, volunteer services


Relaxation Through Sound

April 7, 2019

Relaxation Through Sound

By uclahealth uclahealth

“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,” says Lahila Oppenheimer, a sound healer and volunteer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica in the No One Dies Alone program. “The sound of the Tibetan bowls brings people into a […]

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Tags: featured, National Volunteer Week, Relaxation, sound therapy, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, volunteer services