Social worker honored with excellence in pediatrics award

Gina Kornfeind, the support and bereavement coordinator for the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, was recognized with the Dr. Stuart Siegel Excellence in Pediatrics Award at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House gala on Sept. 23.

The award is presented annually to those who have exhibited unique dedication and commitment to improving the lives of seriously ill children, who understand the critical importance of family-centered care and who embody the core values of compassion, respect, innovation, transparency and integrity.

Kornfeind, a social worker, provides bereavement support to families at the end of their child's life. She collaborates with the staff of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House to help families of pediatric patients staying at the facility. "I like to think of us as community partners," Kornfeind said. "We both support families in very sad and traumatic circumstances so that they can have the love and support they need to get through life's hardest loss, that of a child."

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