Patient Story

Improving Hospital Ethos

August 19, 2019

Improving Hospital Ethos

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“My daughter was born with three holes in her heart,” discloses Gregory Vahanian, a member of the Parents Advisory Council and UCLA Health. “After her second birthday, we woke up and she was unconscious. She was diagnosed with AML leukemia and we basically lived at the hospital for the next eight months. A few weeks […]

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Tags: AML leukemia, featured, Parents Advisory Council, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Feels Like Home & Family

August 2, 2019

Feels Like Home & Family

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“You can have your hair or makeup done during Beauty Bus,” says 12-year-old Elyse Pineda, who has chronic pseudo obstruction, a rare gastrointestinal disorder. “When I was first born, I was diagnosed with my medical condition. I’ve grown up with it my whole life, and we’ve found that this place is the best hospital. I’m […]

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Tags: chronic pseudo obstruction, featured, gastrointestinal disorder, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


'We Don't Feel Alone'

June 24, 2019

‘We Don’t Feel Alone’

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“We love coming back to see everybody who took care of Rose,” says Melody Curtis, mother to five-year-old Rose Curtis, who is enjoying the NICU Reunion. “At 14 weeks Rose was diagnosed with something called an omphalocele, which means her spleen, stomach and intestines were outside her abdominal wall when she was born. She was […]

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Tags: featured, NICU, NICU nurses, NICU Reunion, omphalocele, patient story, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatrics


An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

June 17, 2019

An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

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Gideon and Tara Blumstein both work in medicine: he is a surgical resident in orthopaedics at UCLA, and she is an occupational therapist at USC. Perhaps because of their careers, they understand the importance of having a relationship with their primary care physician, who serves as the leader of their health care team. When they […]

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Tags: Dr. Nathan Samras, featured, internal medicine, pediatrics, primary care, The Checkup, UCLA Health Beverly Hills


May 13, 2019

Mini Horse Surprise

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“I thought we were just going for a walk and he surprised me with this mini horse,” says Teresa Do, a first-time mother at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I’m at UCLA Health because I just gave birth to a baby girl five days ago and she’s in the neonatal intensive care unit. It’s kind […]

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Tags: Blue Moon, featured, neonatal intensive care unit, NICU, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA PAC, UCLA People-Animal Connection


We're Here for U

May 13, 2019

We’re Here for U

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“We take calls for service and we dispatch security officers to respond to any incidents in the hospital,” says Mary Mathis-Hargett, security command center manager at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We take about 5,000 calls per month for service. Those are emergency and non-emergency calls. Our main objective is to thwart anything that may […]

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Tags: Hospital Week, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Security


Security is About Helping Others

May 13, 2019

Security is About Helping Others

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“I got a call that a man was unresponsive and face down in a water fountain,” says Latoya Finch, a healthcare security officer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I responded to the call and got the individual out of the fountain. I immediately started chest compressions and CPR, which helped save his life. I […]

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Tags: CPR, featured, Hospital Week, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, security officer


No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

May 10, 2019

No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

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After their life-saving liver transplants mother and daughter are happy to be home. As Mother’s Day neared, Georgina Barba wasn’t making any provisions. “I don’t really plan anymore, because then something ends up happening,” says the 36-year-old Carson, California, mother of three. “The main thing is that we will all be home.” Mother’s Days, Father’s […]

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Tags: featured, liver transplant, pediatrics, transplant


Taking care of a family and a community in Santa Clarita

April 29, 2019

Taking care of a family and a community in Santa Clarita

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Story highlights UCLA Health has more than 170 medical offices throughout greater Los Angeles. A wide variety of services are offered in Santa Clarita, including primary care, cardiology, obstetrics & gynecology, pain management, radiology and cancer care. Santa Clarita’s Tourney Road office offers weekend and evening hours and urgent care services. About three years ago, […]

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Tags: cardiology, patient story, pediatrics, primary care, Santa Clarita, The Checkup, UCLA Health Santa Clarita, urgent care


Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

April 12, 2019

Patient gets memorable send-off from therapy horse

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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