From day one we knew Scarlett was special, she was a fighter. She entered the world with her twin brother via emergency c-section at 32 weeks. At 4 months, there were some delays, and at 6 months Scarlett had a brain MRI which revealed Moderate Central Brain atrophy.
We will never know exactly what happened or why. But we’ll always remember the first day Scarlett met Dr. Thompson. She spoke to our daughter, not at our daughter. She learned of Scarlett’s dreams of owning her very own bakery and favorite princess was Aurora. No matter how many activities we had her try, she yearned to just be like all the other kids.
Which brought us to surgery, a big one. A bilateral reconstruction of the pelvis, hips, and knees. There was a lot of pain and tears during the recovery months, but at the last visit, Scarlett looked at us and said… “it was all worth it.” We’ll always think of Dr. Thompson and her wonderful team as part of the family. To this day they are with Scarlett on every step of her journey.
Arturo Hernandez’s life was saved by an injury he received playing the sport he loves - soccer.
Like most little boys, Arturo loves to play. But after a soccer game, he went to his mom in extreme pain. Worried, she took him to the local ER where the diagnosis was “nothing broken.” Arturo’s continued discomfort prompted his primary care doctor to refer him to the specialists at OIC.
Still in agony, and within an hour of arriving at OIC, x-rays were reviewed, and the experts at OIC diagnosed Arturo with a tumor. He was sent right away to UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital, where immediate tests showed a cancerous bone mass in his knee.
He’s since undergone chemotherapy and recently had surgery. And thanks to OIC’s generous donors, not only have all of the medical costs not paid by insurance been covered, but Arturo’s transportation needs for chemo, surgery, and follow-up care have also been sponsored by the members of the Charitable Children’s Guild. None of this would be possible without our donors.
Corina Villaraigosa is an educator at Montebello Unified School District, where her teaching career began over twenty-seven years ago with an emphasis in Secondary Language Acquisition. She is currently a teacher on special assignment at Greenwood Elementary School. Ms. Villaraigosa earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies and her teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach, and holds a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Together with her former husband, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, she supported organizations and initiatives that address economically disadvantaged children and their parents.
Brad J. Feld is one of Los Angeles’ most accomplished brokers, as Vice Chairman in the Southern California region of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. He has almost three decades of high-profile representation of landlords and tenants for many of the region’s most recognized names in entertainment, along with several million square feet of transactions for media, technology, healthcare, financial, professional, legal and Fortune 500 tenants. Mr. Feld previously worked at Madison Partners for 10 years where he served as Partner and before that Cushman & Wakefield for almost 20 years where he served as Executive Vice President, representing large institutional landlords, as well as handling national corporate service accounts. His institutional ownership experience includes such clients as Worthe Real Estate Group, Shorenstein Properties, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank/REEF, Watt Investment Partners, Federal Realty, Clarion Partners, Kilroy Realty, EOP and NYLIC Real Estate Investors, among others. He has represented multiple, one-million square foot entertainment/media campuses at the Wilshire Courtyard and Media Studios North.
Will is a partner with Shamrock Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles based private equity firm focused on investments in the media, entertainment, and communications industries. Will has served on numerous boards and overseen several of Shamrock’s investments throughout his 21-year tenure with the company. Will is a former board member of a number of non-profit organizations including: the US Lacrosse Foundation, an organization that operates in support of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, and the L.A. chapter of The Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization focused on developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide a positive youth sports experience.
Michael Anthony Dal Bello is an investment partner at Pritzker Group, leading their healthcare sector investing. Prior to joining Pritzker Group, Mr. Dal Bello was a Managing Director at Blackstone Capital Partners where he helped lead sourcing efforts in healthcare and insurance. He has also served on ten corporate boards. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Dal Bello was an Associate at Hellman & Friedman and a consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Dal Bello earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from then Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Toni Steele is a Senior Real Estate Executive serving as Google Real Estate Portfolio Lead based in Silicon Valley. Her role ensures Google's workplace and related business supply/demand needs are met through direct holdings, new development and market transactions (acquisitions and leasing). Ms. Steele is also Co-Lead of Google's $1 billion Affordable Housing Fund.
Ms. Steele is an engaged, innovative and versatile leader with a collaborative commercial approach, cultural embodiment, technical acumen, and a leading execution track record on multiple investment and product types (domestic & abroad) valued in excess of $50 billion.
She has extensive capital markets & asset management experience from over 22 years with Goldman Sachs (International Country Lead for Italy & Germany | US Vice President) on large holding acquisitions, direct and NPL real estate portfolios, and country platforms. Her key focus areas include progressive office, life science, redevelopment, urban campuses and film studios. Co-lead on Netflix brokered purchase of the Albuquerque Studios while JLL Executive VP of Southern California Capital Markets. She holds a Master of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the International University of Monaco and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude from Pepperdine University. She also attended UCLA her freshman year and later for real estate studies.
KRCA, Channel 62 LA interviewed OIC’s Medical Director Mauricio Silva, M.D. during OIC’s grand opening of the new pediatric orthopedic Urgent Care Center.
Learn more about OIC’s Urgent Care Center, including parking, directions, and what to bring.
OIC - Grand Opening – KRCA
News Announcer: And now, Noticias 62 live at 11 o'clock.
Residents in South Los Angeles received very good news today. A medical emergency center had its grand opening, where the whole community can get treatment. Alberto Godinez interviewed patients and the head of the clinic. Alberto, tell us how things went.
Alberto Godinez: Thank you and good evening. The good news is not only for the patients in the area; this place opens its doors and its heart to children from all over the world.
EMERGENCY CLINIC GRAND OPENING
Alberto Godinez: The Orthopaedic Institute for Children is in celebration. The big news has been announced with music, smiles and applause: the extension of the clinic. In times when at a national level the undocumented are rejected, here they are welcome.
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles: This gives us a very powerful message that borders cannot divide us. They are part of a united world, especially here, in Los Angeles, where all people belongs.
Alberto Godinez Voiceover: Many hours of commitment, many years of building and a 20 million-dollar investment were all that it took to open this hospital expansion which welcomes all
patients such as Yvonne Valvez, who lives in Mexicali.
Yvonne Valvez: They help me because I was born with no legs.
Alberto Godinez: So now you have legs? Can you walk now? How do you feel?
Yvonne Valvez: I feel great.
Alberto Godinez: Can you run?
Yvonne Valvez: Yes.
Alberto Godinez: Are you naughty?
Yvonne Valvez: Yeah.
Alberto Godinez: The clinic has the latest technology. Here there is treatment for all orthopedic issues that a child can have. No matter their migratory status.
Dr. Mauricio Silva, OIC Medical Director: Right now, around 25,000 patients are seen every year in the emergency center and 60,000 patients in general at the hospital.
Alberto Godinez: Doctors, medicine and surgery. For more information, please call area code 213-742-1000. That's all from me. I'm Alberto Godinez reporting from Los Angeles. Noticias 62. Your city, your team.
News Announcer: Thank you, Alberto. Good evening.
The Orthopaedic Institute for Children Urgent Care Center is located on the institute’s downtown Los Angeles campus at 403 W. Adams Boulevard. It is open every day of the year, daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Orthopaedic Institute for Children Opens L.A.’s Newest and Most Modern Pediatric Urgent Care Center
The city’s newest and most modern urgent care center for children with musculoskeletal conditions officially opened to patients yesterday at Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s downtown Los Angeles campus. The center was redesigned and greatly expanded to serve the growing need for essential urgent and trauma medical care for children with musculoskeletal conditions.
“This beautifully redesigned and expanded urgent care center includes the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that is needed to care for the increasing number of children who come through our doors,” said OIC Medical Director Mauricio Silva, M.D. “It will greatly enrich the patient experience for both children and their families while positively affecting quality outcomes.”
The first patient, Bryan, was greeted by OIC’s mascot, Ozzie, whose presence always brings a smile to young patients. Bryan came to OIC with an injury from playing soccer this past weekend. He went to a nearby emergency room where he was X-rayed and diagnosed with a double-knee fracture. The emergency room referred him immediately to OIC. Bryan and his mother were seen by Dr. Silva, Nurse Practitioner Sean Warnock and several other professionals who treat pediatric orthopaedic patients every day. As Bryan was leaving OIC, he said, “Please thank everyone at OIC who helped me today. They were kind and made me feel like I had come to the right place.”
OIC’s Urgent Care Center provides evaluation and on-the-spot treatment by a team of orthopaedic experts—including pediatric orthopaedic physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners and other clinical staff. The redesigned and greatly expanded center has 18 rooms including private exam rooms, triage rooms and procedure rooms exclusively for pediatric orthopaedics.
“When a child sustains a musculoskeletal injury, prompt medical treatment is important,” said Dr. Silva. “Children’s bones grow and heal quickly, but without proper treatment a fractured bone can heal improperly and lead to lifelong problems. The clinical staff at OIC are specially trained to diagnose and treat even the most acute musculoskeletal injuries in pediatric patients.”
Also complementing the patient care is a new radiology center featuring the most advanced equipment with three state-of-the-art diagnostic X-ray machines, which offer unparalleled comfort for patients and the highest-quality images for clinicians. There is also a new physical therapy center expressly designed for a child’s comfort with private rooms for highly sensitive kids.
“None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our donors and community partners who understand that securing healthy and active lives for the children of Los Angeles and the world is a smart investment, now and for the future,” said OIC Vice President Michael Sullivan.
The Orthopaedic Institute for Children Urgent Care Center is located on the institute’s downtown Los Angeles campus at 403 W. Adams Boulevard. It is open every day of the year, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m