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Las Madrinas Concludes its Year with a Major Gift for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Pictured (left to right): Diane Hawley, incoming Las Madrinas  President; Dr. Theodora Stavroudis, director of the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at CHLA;  and Leslie Wilson, outgoing Las Madrinas President.
At the Las Madrinas Annual Meeting held on February 13, Leslie Wilson, President, announced that over $600,000 will be donated to the Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment.

Under the direction of Dr. Theodora A. Stavroudis, the simulation laboratory provides a controlled environment that recreates real-life patient care settings such as a pediatric operating room, emergency department, neonatal delivery room, or even the interior of a helicopter or ambulance.

Within this recreated environment, there is a lifelike but artificial “patient†that is computer wired in order to manifest real and evolving medical conditions. Research and training conducted in the simulation laboratory will enable healthcare professionals to further develop and refine the skills required to provide accurate medical assessments, improve hospital safety and enhance pediatric patient care.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Las Madrinas introduced its new Board of Directors for 2013. Brentwood resident Lynn Williams Croft will serve as Public Relations Chairman. Katherine Heyler Hollister and Tracy Moritz Sykes, both of Brentwood, are new members.

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