Pediatrics

Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

January 10, 2020

Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

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After spending much of his early life in hospitals, Jackson Verner lived out his dream as UCLA Kid Captain, charming everyone along the way.

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Coordinated care helped one infant thrive

January 9, 2020

Coordinated care helped one infant thrive

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Three days after delivering at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brittani Clark, a pediatric nurse practitioner, brought in her newborn daughter, Nia, for her first appointment with Dr. Allison Guimera in the Porter Ranch office. Dr. Guimera weighed and examined Nia and talked to Brittani about infant care. Similar well child visits continued at regular […]

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Tags: Dr. Allison Guimera, Dr. Nicole Militello, patient story, pediatrics, Porter Ranch, pyloric stenosis, The Checkup, UCLA Primary & Specialty Care - Porter Ranch


Decorating to Feel Like Home

January 3, 2020

Decorating to Feel Like Home

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“The hospital doesn’t feel like home, and I think when you get decorations, it makes you feel more comfortable,” reflects 15-year-old Mac Bailey. Mac decorated rooms through Once Upon A Room at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica with his sister, 17-year-old Lily Bailey. Lily says, “I had surgery on my back when I […]

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Enjoying Life Outside the Room

January 3, 2020

Enjoying Life Outside the Room

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“This encourages the kids to be a little more happy,” smiles Magaly Martinez, mother to 16-month-old Milani Martinez. The family enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa Claus during the annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party. “We really enjoy these events because they’re something that helps the kids out a lot. They come out from […]

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Kicking Off Holiday Season

January 3, 2020

Kicking Off Holiday Season

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“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, Santa Monica. “Our community partners from United Airlines come to visit all our patients and provide them with Ben Flyin Adventure bears. They’ve been coming for 12 years, and it’s such […]

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Belief in Kindness

January 3, 2020

Belief in Kindness

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“We do this out of the kindness of our hearts and the desire to come out and show these kids that we care about them,” reveals James Altman, division chief in training for the Santa Monica Fire Department. “We come with Santa Claus to spread some cheer and give toys to the kids who are […]

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'Joy & Giving Back'

January 3, 2020

‘Joy & Giving Back’

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“I’m doing arts and crafts and dancing,” grins six-year-old Caitlin Deruyter, who came with her mom, Sarah Deruyter, to volunteer at the annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party. Sarah expounds, “We’ve been coming for the last few years to help support whatever any of these kids needs. Caitlin always looks forward to this every […]

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Bears Bring Jingle Bells

January 3, 2020

Bears Bring Jingle Bells

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“This is my Christmas. I’m not happy, and I don’t have the Christmas spirit until I do this,” affirms Roberto Calderon, a captain for United Airlines. Calderon has delivered Ben Flyin Adventure Bears to patients at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica for the past ten years. “UCLA Health says, ‘You’re coming to the hospital, but […]

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Putting Fun in Festivities

January 3, 2020

Putting Fun in Festivities

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“We come to this party every year to provide arts and crafts activities and bring some camp fun to the holiday party,” explains Teresa Molello (pictured left), a volunteer with Painted Turtles. Painted Turtles partners with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital to make their annual Holiday Party a success. Katie Griffith (pictured right) says, “Painted Turtle […]

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Delivering Smiles Via Bears

January 3, 2020

Delivering Smiles Via Bears

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“It was heartwarming, being able to come and deliver these bears and put a smile on the patients’ faces,” reveals Keith Quinones, a United Airlines flight attendant who delivered Ben Flying Adventure Bears to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica. “Ben Flyin is the bears’ name, and he was created by United for young […]

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