Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to expand Neurological Institute

17 July 2019 (Last Updated July 18th, 2019 07:01)

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has received a gift of $25m from an anonymous donor to support the expansion of the CHLA Neurological Institute and boost the hospital's capacity in Interventional Radiology.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has received a gift of $25m from an anonymous donor to support the expansion of the CHLA Neurological Institute and boost the hospital’s capacity in Interventional Radiology.

CHLA president and CEO Paul S Viviano said: “I am beyond grateful for the generosity of this gift, one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s history, and one that invests in healthier futures for the infants, children and youth we serve.”

“This truly transformative gift comes at a time when demand is growing quickly—particularly among underserved children in Southern California—both for pediatric neurological care as well as interventional radiology’s broad range of minimally invasive procedures.

“I am beyond grateful for the generosity of this gift, one of the largest single donations in the hospital’s history, and one that invests in healthier futures for the infants, children and youth we serve.”

A part of the gift will help fund the development of a new multidisciplinary Neurological Institute Outpatient Center.

Once opened, the centre will be one of only a few clinical hubs across the country where all team members essential to treating neurological conditions such as neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, social workers and more will work in one location.

The project consists of remodeling and creation of 35 patient exam rooms; five electroencephalogram (EEG) rooms; four consultation rooms; two nurses’ stations; and a playroom for neurology patients.

By 2022, CHLA’s Neurological Institute is expected to care for over 31,000 patients a year.

The new outpatient centre will guide families seamlessly from diagnosis to treatment, from surgery to rehabilitation, for neurological conditions including brain tumors, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, craniofacial issues, strokes and more.

The gift will boost CHLA’s Interventional Radiology, or IR, capacity with purchase of new technology and an overhaul of current diagnostic and treatment space.

IR uses advanced imaging equipment to diagnose and treat a range of conditionsincluding tumors and cardiovascular anomalies with less invasive but more precise procedures.

IR patient volume at CHLA has grown by over 30% annually. The hospital currently provides over 3,800 procedures over the past year.

CHLA senior vice president and chief development officer Alexandra Carter said: “Expanding IR is critical to allowing CHLA to meet growing patient volume while also facilitating research to improve patient care for future generations.

“This considerable contribution will significantly advance CHLA’s vision of providing each patient and family with care that is timely, personalized, multidisciplinary and family-centered.”