Therapy dogs – and a mini-horse! – from UCLA Health’s People-Animal-Connection (PAC) program brought holiday cheer to patients and staff at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center.
They say every dog has his day but only two dogs can say they’ve been Lakers for a Day. Harlow, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix, and Pierre, a French Bull Dog, received the honor in recognition of the UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpV98zf5Nrs This program involves more than 60 dogs who, supervised [...]
‘I promised myself to always give back to the community and give someone else the opportunity of hope the way someone provided it to me,’ says Michelle Santizo, a nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
The combined services include 17 clinical sites and 2 mobile units
“Valentine’s Day, last year, was my first day,” grins Sophia Covey, a child life care partner volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Santa Monica. “I’m a nursing major, so I was looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity with UCLA Health because they have such a good reputation. I [...]
Thanksgiving 2019 will not be forgotten. I had an accident on my way to work early about 6:09 AM. It was raining and suddenly I lost control of my car. I stirred the car to the left worried I might hit a car on the right and hit the break. [...]
“The miracle of animals finding purpose and people finding healing is nothing short of a miracle,” believes Ellie Laks, founder of Gentle Barn and speaker during the People-Animal Connection luncheon. “After sitting here for the last two hours and hearing their stories, I feel so touched and honored to [...]
“This is our annual holiday recognition event to honor many of our volunteers,” explains Carey McCarthy (not pictured), director of volunteers at UCLA Health. “We have some volunteers who are serving today and some people who came in special for this event. We want to let the volunteers know how [...]
“When Santa connects with the child, you see their eyes light up and their heart open, and it’s just a sweet moment,” reflects Bob Anger, who has been wearing the red suit as Santa Claus for more than 25 years.
“We host art workshops every quarter on different units of the hospital”,” explains Talya Katzman, supervisor for volunteer services at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “It’s a fun, creative way to get patients out of their rooms, to take their mind off things, and to have fun doing crafts with [...]