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Las Amigas Luau Charity Gala

Las Amigas de Las Lomas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children's Guild of Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) in Los Angeles requests your presence on October 8th at 6 o'clock in the evening to support our worthy fundraising efforts where 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

Help us, help them during an elegant evening in Rolling Hills Estates with a luau and live auction.

For event and ticket information, please visit www.lasamigas.org/luau-fundraiser-for-oic.html.

OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic 2016

Proceeds from the OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic will support the OICare for Kids Fund. This year’s tournament will celebrate OIC’s worldwide efforts, highlighting our International Children’s Program and OIC’s research, education and patient care globally. With your participation and support, we will continue to care for kids in need and pay for 100% of a child’s care when needed. To date, OIC has helped over 2 million patients - 150,000 of them (from over 15 countries) through ICP. For more information or to register, please visit www.swingforkidsgolf.org.

 

OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic

Join us at our annual “OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic” on Sept. 9 at the beautiful Palos Verdes Golf Club. Proceeds will go to OIC’s 2020 Campaign: A Vision for Our Future and help support the creation of The Ahmanson Foundation Fracture Center on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus.

Get more information and register here.

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

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Michael Willis, Manager, Volunteer Services & Community Outreach

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Teezal Gaji, Marketing & Communications Manager

It's World Clubfoot Day at OIC

It's World Clubfoot Day at OIC

Celebrate World Clubfoot Day at OIC. A very special event to raise funds for clubfoot braces for children to grow well, play well.

Saturday, June 1
10 AM - 1 PM
403 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • Join us in recognizing Dr. Lewis Zionts for his many years of service and dedication to children with clubfoot.
  • Meet our new clubfoot specialist, Dr. Mauricio Silva.

Also:

  • Meet our lead researchers to learn about the latest developments in clubfoot.
  • Food and drinks
  • DJ
  • Face-painting
  • Games
  • Giveaways

Please RSVP to oicfoundation@mednet.ucla.edu or call 213-742-1500.

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Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Rachel Thompson, M.D., Travels to Colombia to Treat Children and Give Them a Chance to Grow and Play Well

(LOS ANGELES – April 29, 2019) — As part of its commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide, Rachel Thompson, M.D., of Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has traveled to Colombia to give children in that country the chance to grow well and play well as all children should. Dr. Thompson is associate director of the UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy.

On her just-concluded trip, Dr. Thompson was part of an orthopaedic team of the Silver Service Children’s Foundation, a group of orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and pediatricians who travel to the Colombian city of Buga biannually to evaluate and treat children with orthopaedic diseases. Since the organization’s founding in 1992 it has made more than 50 trips to Buga.

During this most-recent visit, they evaluated more than 200 children and performed 50 procedures on 36 children. “Many of these procedures gave children who did not have the ability to walk for more than a few steps at a time the ability to run and jump and play,” said Dr. Thompson. “Among those we treated were children with neglected clubfoot, untreated hip dysplasia, Rickets deformities and neglected cerebral palsy cases. In one case we constructed an ankle where there was none.

“It was truly an honor to have joined this team for the third time,” Dr. Thompson continued. “Each trip reminds me why I am a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon—to make kids better.”

Dr. Thompson’s visit to Colombia is but one example of OIC’s commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide. Through its acclaimed International Children’s Program, OIC has provided free, high-quality care to more than 150,000 children from Mexico and other countries who have orthopaedic conditions (the program includes physicians from OIC making multiple visits to Calexico and Mexicali each year to see children in need). Furthermore, Jennifer Beck, M.D., associate director of OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine, recently traveled to Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea as a recipient of a prestigious traveling fellowship; and throughout the year physicians from OIC speak at international conferences, share best practices around the world, host physicians from other countries, and go where it is needed to enhance orthopaedic care for children.

Dr. Thompson joined OIC in 2017 as part of an expansion of the cerebral palsy program on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus to complement its center housed at UCLA in West L.A. It is the only interdisciplinary clinic in Southern California that evaluates and treats people with cerebral palsy throughout their lifespan and is also heavily involved in research in the field. In addition to her role as associate director of the center, Dr. Thompson is also an assistant clinical professor-in-residence in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy muscular pathology and in using gait analysis to improve surgical decision making and clinical outcomes.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Athletic Trainers From Throughout Southern California to Gather at Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Sports Medicine Conference April 13

(LOS ANGELES – March 21, 2019) — Young athletes present unique challenges to athletic trainers due to the repetitive and high strain they put on their bodies during what is often a year-round schedule of sporting activities in Southern California. To help further educate these trainers with the latest knowledge on how to properly identify and treat the common injuries they see in young athletes, Orthopaedic Institute for Children will host its annual Sports Medicine Conference at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica on Saturday, April 13.

“With an increasing number of children of all ages participating in sporting activities, awareness of how to prevent and care for injuries in young athletes has never been greater,” said Richard Bowen, M.D., director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC. “This conference has been specially designed to equip certified athletic trainers who work with young athletes with the innovative assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation solutions they need when confronted with pediatric orthopaedic sports-related conditions.”

As part of the conference, Dr. Bowen, who in addition to his role at OIC is also clinical professor of the department of orthopaedic surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will present a lecture on shoulder pathologies in sports. His presentation will be preceded by a series of labs conducted by healthcare professionals dedicated to sports injuries. These labs will cover such important topics as assessment and care for sports-related concussions, joint dysfunction, joint mobilization, mobilization of the cervical thoracic spine and cupping for athletic injuries. Rounding out the day will be a lecture entitled “Return to Sports Post-Injury: How Much is All in Your Head?” that will be given by Doug Polster, Ph.D., clinical instructor, UCLA Department of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Sports Neuropsychologist, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program.

OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a multidisciplinary team, including sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists, all focused on helping young athletes return to their sports activities as quickly and safely as possible. The center currently treats nearly 300 children each month—an 18 percent increase in cases over the prior year.

 “Failure to address a sports injury properly and promptly can lead to lifelong problems, which is why our team specializes in treating a broad range of today’s athletic injuries before they damage tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Dr. Bowen. “At the center our highest priority is getting young athletes back in the game—and not just next season but for the long haul. Our treatment approach goes beyond just healing broken bones or helping kids get through physical therapy but is also focused on making sure young athletes understand what it will take to return to their activity and helping them prevent injury or re-injury in the future.”

The Sports Medicine Conference will be held April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center at 1250 – 16th Street in Santa Monica. Certified athletic trainers can earn up to six Category A CEUs for attending. Registration is $40 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register is April 7, and online registration can be completed at https://ortho-institute.org/sportsmedicineconference. For questions contact Summer Runestad at srunestad@mednet.ucla.edu or call 213-910-3526.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Dr. Jennifer Beck of Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Center for Sports Medicine Awarded Prestigious Fellowship From the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

(LOS ANGELES – March 14, 2019) — Jennifer J. Beck, M.D., associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has been selected one of three 2019 Traveling Fellows by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the Asia Pacific Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (APPOS). 

Through this fellowship, Dr. Beck will travel to Asia March 24-April 7, visiting hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea and culminating with attending the Asia Pacific Spine Society/APPOS meeting April 4-6. During her trip Dr. Beck will collaborate with local hosts in sharing ideas regarding best practices in caregiving and will also present academic lectures to physicians from the host countries on the topics of “Mentoring in Orthopedic Surgery,” “Pain Management and Opioid Use in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery,” “Youth Marathon Running: Is it Safe?” and “Return to Sport Testing After Pediatric ACL Reconstruction.”

POSNA is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing musculoskeletal care for children and adolescents through education, research, quality, safety and value initiatives, advocacy, and global outreach to children in underserved areas. Each year the organization sponsors traveling fellowships in conjunction with other international pediatric orthopaedic alliance societies wherein three POSNA members travel abroad, and three members of an alliance society tour North America to learn new techniques and exchange ideas while deepening POSNA’s international connection.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen for this fellowship and excited about the chance to exchange ideas and learn new techniques from my colleagues in Asia about how to best care for children with musculoskeletal conditions,” said Dr. Beck. “At the same time I am looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned through the years at OIC regarding best practices that can be implemented by others so that children everywhere can grow well and play well.”

Both a practicing physician and a researcher, last year Dr. Beck joined with her colleagues from OIC to present at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America’s annual meeting the first study of its kind concerning potential opportunities to reduce the use of opioid pills by patients following outpatient ACLR surgery. Also in 2018 Dr. Beck was one of three members of the OIC medical staff who presented clinical lectures at the 75th annual Brennemann Lectures sponsored by the Los Angeles Pediatric Society.

In addition to her role as associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC, Dr. Beck also serves as assistant clinical professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago and did a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at OIC.

OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a multidisciplinary team, including sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists, all focused on helping young athletes return to their sports activities as quickly and safely as possible. The center currently treats nearly 300 children each month—an 18 percent increase in cases over the prior year.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.