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The Chase Foundation and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Will Work Together to Improve Children’s Lives at the Newly Named Chase Child Life Program

Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles City Controller; Robin Richards, founder of Chase Foundation; Amy Bullock, director of the Child Life program at UCLAIn gratitude for the gift, the program was renamed the Chase Child Life program at a joyous ribbon-cutting event held at the hospital March 28, 2011

Chase Child Life Program works to provide effective support for pediatric patients and their families so that they can handle their medical regime while still growing as children. The well-regarded regimes used by the Child Life Program employ a variety of modalities and techniques to promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.

“We are thrilled to announce that The Chase Foundation has partnered with the Child Life program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA,” said foundation co-founder Robin Richards. “OurOn March 28, the Child Life program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA was officially renamed the “ Chase Child Life Program† thanks to a generous gift of more than $2 million from The Chase Foundation commitment to the hospital over the next 20 years will provide additional funding to expand and enhance child life services available to hospitalized pediatric patients. We look forward to building our relationship with UCLA and working with their terrific staff.”

The Chase Foundation also announced additional funding of $50,000 to create a therapeutic healing garden on the hospital’s outdoor Tisch Family Children’s Terrace to promote coping and wellness. Pediatric patients and their families will be able to participate in hands-on gardening lessons and enjoy the garden’s fragrant beauty. An artist’s rendering of the healing garden, which is still in LA City Councilman Paul Koretz, with LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, presents  Amy Bullock, director of the Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLAthe early planning stages, was unveiled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For more on The Chase Foundation: www.chasefoundation.org

For more information on Mattel’s Children’s Hospital: http://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_mattel.cfm

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