Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA cares for the physical and
emotional well-being of children of all ages, from newborns to
young adults. With a dedicated entrance from Gayley Avenue,
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is a
"hospital-within-a-hospital," located on the third and fifth
UCLA's facilities are designed to serve the most critically ill
children with sophisticated, compassionate care in an environment
that is both welcoming and healing to children and their
families. Mattel Children's Foundation, a philanthropic arm of
Mattel, Inc., pledged $25 million toward construction of the
Pediatric care is also available at UCLA Medical Center, Santa
A Place of Their Own
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-9111 Hospital Information
(310) 825-2111 Emergency Department
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By the Numbers
131 inpatient beds, including:
- 44 in the Pediatric Unit
- 22 in the Neonatal ICU
- 18 in the Pediatric ICU
- 6 in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU
- 25 in the Pediatric Unit
- 16 in the Neonatal ICU
Children's Hospital Year in Review 2014
Our pediatricians world-class patient care using a
family-centered care model. This multidisciplinary approach to
the planning, delivery and evaluation of pediatric patients
results in the appropriate allocation of resources, collaborative
communication, greater patient and family satisfaction and better
Understanding that "children are not small adults," we pay utmost
attention to the social and emotional needs of hospitalized
children and their families. Specialists from UCLA's acclaimed
Chase Child Life program help ease the fear and anxiety
associated with hospitalization. They communicate accurate and
age-appropriate information, identifying potential stressors and
teach coping strategies to patients and family members.
Therapeutic interventions, such as art, music and dance/movement
help reduce anxiety and support physical development in young
Mattel Children's Unit in Santa Monica
The Mattel Children’s Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica includes a 25-bed Pediatric Unit - with 4 beds dedicated to acutely ill children - and a 16-bassinet high-tech, high-touch Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
In November 2011, legendary rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete
Townshend of The Who announced their support for the creation of
UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen Cancer Program. The new program -
the first if its kind in the United States - will ensure that
every young person receives the best possible care and
professional support to help them meet the physical and emotional
challenges of a cancer diagnosis in an environment as close as
possible to normal life.
Healing by Design
The world-renowned architects I.M. Pei and C.C. Pei, along with
the firm of Perkins & Will serving as the executive
architect, aimed to create a cheerful and reassuring environment
for sick and injured children and their concerned families.
Child-friendly décor begins at the inviting and distinctive
entrance, continues in the lobby with its interactive "welcome
wall" and carries through in all the upper floors.
The welcome wall tells the stories of some of the hospital's
young patients with a dynamic, multi-media, 60-foot-long,
12-foot-high display - an evolving stream of photos, children's
art and video content that projects stories about the people and
programs at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, along with messages
of hope, healing and recovery.
Whimsical murals with characters and themes suggested by
patients and families decorate the hallways on the third and
fifth floors where pediatric patient rooms are located. Spacious
private patient rooms feature large windows with panoramic views
and window seats and daybeds so family members can comfortably
spend time in the room - either "renting" movies or watching a
live feed of the frolicking denizens of the Aquarium of the
Each nursing unit has its own minor procedure room so young
patients can undergo certain treatments away from their sleeping
area to avoid associating pain or distress with their own room.
To help ease the anxiety of sick and frightened children, the
Emergency Department features pediatric-friendly exam rooms with
colorful murals and decorated ceiling tiles.
Architects incorporated sunlight and the beauty of the outdoors
into the patient-care space to enhance the healing process.
Multiple age-appropriate playrooms and a family resource room
extend to a large outdoor play terrace with ocean views and
eight-foot plexiglass walls. The outdoor area allows children to
safely play in the open air and enjoy the healing effects of
natural light. A Teen Lounge gives teens a special place to play
video games or watch movies.
Sherin Devaskar, MD - Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the
Department of Pediatrics; Physician-in-Chief of Mattel Children's
Hospital UCLA; and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children's Health
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's mission is to provide
state-of-the art treatment for children in a compassionate
atmosphere, as well as conduct research that improves the
understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases and to train
the next generation of leaders in pediatrics.
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