About Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for excellence in nine specialties

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 floors of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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 hospital.

Pediatric care is also available at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.


A Place of Their Own

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Exterior View

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
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

Santa Monica

  • 25 in the Pediatric Unit
  • 16 in the Neonatal ICU

Mattel 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 outcomes.

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 patients.

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.

Who Cares!

In November 2011, legendary rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who announced their support for the creation of the 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 Pacific.

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.

Hospital Leadership

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

Mission Statement

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.