LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2013 -Expanding a partnership in children's health that has helped thousands since it was first established two years ago, the board of directors of the California Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded a grant of more than $600,000 under the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds to Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (LAOH).
Designated for pediatric orthopaedic trauma care and specialty medical education, the funding will benefit economically disadvantaged children who reside in the Centinela Valley, including Inglewood, parts of Hawthorne, Lennox, Los Angeles, El Segundo, Watts, Compton and Lawndale.
Anthony A. Scaduto, M.D., President and CEO of LAOH, notes that "LAOH programs consistently provide the same high level of care for every child, regardless of a family's financial circumstances," and calls the CCF and Centinela Funds grant "an exceptional opportunity to ensure that children in this medically underserved community receive not only access to care but also excellence in care."
The goal of the CCF Health Care program area, including the Centinela Medical Funds, is to help low-income communities gain access to, navigate and utilize high -quality, comprehensive, coordinated and continuous health care, especially as health care reform is implemented in Los Angeles County. Rosemary Veniegas, Ph.D., is Program Officer, Health Care for CCF. She describes LAOH's mission-critical work as "fitting seamlessly with CCF's to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community."
In the previous two-year grant period, LAOH's Urgent Care Center and Fracture Clinics together provided a total of more than 71,000 visits for fracture care to children from throughout Greater Los Angeles. Children and youth from Centinela Valley communities accessed more than 23,000 of these visits. Demand for these services is expected to remain high, given the continued population growth projected for neighborhoods served by LAOH's downtown campus.
"With new models of care and new treatments being put in place today, I am optimistic about the future for the children and families of our community," says Dr. Scaduto. "And all of us at LAOH are pleased and grateful to continue to be of service to them with the invaluable support and partnership of the CCF and the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds."
About Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital:
For over a century and with more than two million children served, the mission of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (LAOH) has been to provide outstanding care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and advance care worldwide for all musculoskeletal patients through medical education and scientific research – and through the support of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation – to provide care for children regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
In partnership with UCLA Health System and jointly funded by LAOH and UCLA, the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center, located on the UCLA Westwood campus, was constructed in 2007 and the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital opened in January 2012, greatly expanding LAOH’s research efforts, medical education programs and pediatric orthopaedic care. With treatment and research locations across Southern California, LAOH is uniquely positioned as a leader in treating the full spectrum of orthopaedic needs. For more information about LAOH, visit: www.ortho-institute.org or www.facebook.com/OIforC.
About California Community Foundation:
California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915. It encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies. It makes grants to and collaborates with nonprofits to address needs in their communities, with emphasis on the most vulnerable individuals and families. It convenes and engages with private, public and nonprofit sector partners in community problem solving and advocacy work. For more information, visit www.calfund.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calfund.