UCLA Health is grateful for the philanthropic support the Hospital System receives to fulfill its mission to deliver leading-edge patient care, research, and education, with an emphasis on helping vulnerable patients, clinical innovation, and improvements to the care environment.
Its expansive clinical care in areas such as cancer and solid organ transplant, along with its 12 nationally ranked subspecialties, enables UCLA Health to make a profound difference in the lives of the people of Los Angeles and those around the world needing specialized medical care.
Assists patients with programs and services for vulnerable populations and patients with greatest need.
Provides therapeutic activities, including art, music, and play, to children and adolescent patients.
Include Venice Family Clinic, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, and the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center.
Provides expert care for more than 100,000 patients per year through two world-class emergency departments (Westwood and Santa Monica) open 24/7.
Blends conventional medicine with evidence-based non-pharmacological approaches to address the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual elements that influence health.
Enhances patient, family, and hospital staff well-being to promote healing and a positive environment.
Provides highest quality care through Magnet-designated nursing programs; supports continuing education and research goals of UCLA Health hospital nurses.
Provides vital surgical and mental health programs for post-9/11 U.S. military service members and veterans.
Provides palliative care and social services for end of life and bereavement.
Provides animal-assisted therapeutic activities for patients and caregivers.
The center’s programs help patients and family members optimize their wellness and address the challenges they face throughout the cancer experience.
Addresses youth wellness and combats childhood obesity through placement of fitness centers and programs in schools throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Offers interfaith spiritual care to all patient populations, their families, and hospital staff.
Provide rapid response stroke diagnosis and treatment.
Advance novel technologies, treatments, and patient care delivery.
A 100-room hotel near Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center meets the needs of patients and families; support provides resources enabling UCLA Health to offer financial assistance to vulnerable patients for housing and living expenses.
Honors dying patients and creates cherished memories for loved ones.
UCLA Health provides care, medicine, and medical equipment and pays health-related expenses for un- and under-insured patients in our hospitals and clinics. The increase in the number of at-risk people points to the necessity of expanded UCLA Health capacity to meet the basic needs of these populations with essential health care that can transform their lives.
The majority of healthcare resources are consumed by 20 percent of patients with the most complicated health conditions. These cases—ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and often requiring UCLA’s unique expertise in organ transplant, oncology, and neurology, among others—are managed by the UCLA Health Complex Care Team.
Complex medical cases with financial hardship are escalated to UCLA Health President Johnese Spisso for consideration. Philanthropic resources, combined with insurance and public assistance, enable her to assess UCLA Health’s financial commitment in accepting the case. Thanks to support from the President’s Fund for Greatest Needs in Patient Care, such cases can be accepted with the knowledge that there are resources to meet the care needs of each patient.
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences
Johnese Spisso, who oversees all UCLA Health hospital and clinic operations as well as UCLA Health’s regional outreach strategy, is a nationally recognized academic health care leader with more than 30 years of experience. Before coming to UCLA in 2016, Ms. Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine, in Seattle, Washington, where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine.
Trained as a registered nurse, Ms. Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air Medical Program. Before that, she was a critical care nurse in the medical, surgical, and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.
Ms. Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She received her nursing degree at the St. Francis School of Nursing.
Senior Executive Director, Hospital Initiatives
UCLA Health Sciences Development
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