About UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital cares for the physical and emotional well-being of children, from newborns to young adults. With a dedicated entrance from Gayley Avenue, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is located on the third and fifth floors of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
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
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.
UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute
For more than 60 years, the faculty and staff at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the UCLA Department of Pediatrics have delivered pioneering research, patient care, and education. The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute builds on our accomplishments and maximizes collaborations among our renowned Pediatric physician-scientists. The Institute enhances our ability to continue to lead in the effort to improve children’s health care and to create new models for health care delivery.
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 UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, 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.
Johnese Spisso, MPA — President, UCLA Health; CEO, UCLA Hospital System; Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
Sherin Devaskar, MD — Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics; Physician-in-Chief of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital; and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children's Health
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital'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.