Dr. Thomas Keens, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has served as medical director of the pulmonary physiology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1977, has gained further validation of his prominence in his field, having recently received the Pediatric Founders Award.
Keens spoke about his passion for his job during an interview in his CHLA office, where the many awards he has received — including the Founders Award — cover the walls, shelves and desk.
“I just love it,” Keens said. “I like the patient care, I like the research and I like the teaching. It’s the perfect career. No two days are the same, so I never get bored.”
Keens was the 10th recipient of the distinction granted by the Pediatric Scientific Assembly of the American Thoracic Society at its annual meeting on May 19 in Dallas. Continue reading “New Honors for Beloved Leader in Pediatric Pulmonology”
For parents caring for a sick or injured child in the hospital, they’ve known the loneliness and despair that might come in the quiet hours of the night, when staff is reduced and their child is struggling with pain or fear.
When they learned of those parents and their need of support, a group of Pasadena women walked the halls at one of the top pediatric hospitals in California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families”
Dr. Vaughn Starnes, a Pasadena resident, will be lauded at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “From Paris With Love” gala, presented by Hasbro at the Event Deck at L.A. Live on Saturday evening, Oct. 20. More than 1,400 people are expected to attend the biennial event, which brings together prominent philanthropists, business and entertainment leaders, local dignitaries and supporters to raise funds to help the hospital provide expert critical care to its pediatric population.
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and global play and entertainment company Hasbro are the evening’s Courage to Care award honorees. While these champions of child-related causes come from varied backgrounds and industries, they share a common bond through their altruism, philanthropy and activism to improve the welfare of children worldwide. Past CHLA gala honorees include Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Jamie Lee Curtis, Pau Gasol, the L.A. Kings hockey team, the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation, Costco Wholesale and the Walt Disney Co. Continue reading “Local Doctor to Be Recognized at Children’s Hospital Gala on Oct. 20”
Jenny Hull gathered 30 energized teens around her in the lobby of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital: “The most important thing today is that we have to be super, super quiet, OK? And really wash your hands as you go in and out.”
And with that, the teens in Junior Room Crew — many of them students at area schools, including St. Francis, Westridge, Mayfield Senior and Flintridge Sacred Heart — went to work transforming 24 hospital rooms from impersonal, cold spaces into personalized, colorful rooms incorporating the interests and tastes of the patients inhabiting them. Continue reading “Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery”
Dr. Henri Ford, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has been serving as senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is preparing to depart CHLA to assume the role of dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Ford’s last day at CHLA is May 31.
He has served as a member of the hospital’s executive leadership team, board of trustees and board of directors as well as a member of the board of directors for the CHLA Medical Group. Continue reading “Local Doctor Leaving CHLA”
At the recent annual meeting of Las Madrinas, Pasadena resident Lisa Brandt, president of Las Madrinas, presented Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., chief of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a major contribution to the Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas. Continue reading “Las Madrinas Concludes Year With Major Gift to CHLA”
During the holiday season, Las Madrinas honored 28 families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 800 guests from the Greater Los Angeles area, including 28 debutantes, their families and friends, gathered to celebrate with the members of Las Madrinas.
Las Madrinas President Lisa Brandt formally welcomed the families and guests in attendance and thanked everyone for joining Las Madrinas in its support of the research programs at CHLA. She spoke of the current project, the Las Madrinas Endowment for the chief of neurology chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy program. She also recognized ball chair Kelly Rouse for the success of the evening.
Local members of the Ball Committee include assistant chair Tricia Fink, Shannon Williamson, Lisa Dick, Anne Ryan, Alison Knoll, Courtney Hotchkis, Christina Hoffman and Andrea Bland. Local members of the debutante committee include Emily Hancock, Liz Algermissen, Katie High and Linda Breen.
Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been supporting pediatric medicine for 84 years. Since 1939, Las Madrinas has honored families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the Las Madrinas Ball.
Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled Las Madrinas to complete nine major projects at the hospital since 1988, including eight research endowments totaling almost $25 million and a capital project on the Cardiovascular Floor. This year Las Madrinas is starting a commitment of a $5 million pledge for the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program.
This holiday season the joy and significance of giving inspires the “Adopt-A-Family” program at La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool. During December, young students provide gifts and cheer to the family of a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The preschool will also bring additional presents to unsponsored families in need at CHLA.
The spirit of “Adopt-A-Family” begins just after Thanksgiving, when a festive “Giving Tree,” decorated by parents, stands in the main courtyard. Preschoolers select from nearly 100 ornaments detailing the family’s needs and wishes, such as a hand-held DVD player, winter clothing, bath towels, pillows, puzzles and games. Children and parents then purchase and wrap bright packages that are delivered to CHLA by volunteers before Christmas.