The patient is the most important person at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles and is always at the center of everything we do. Throughout our many years of providing exceptional specialty care, the foundation of our success has been our multidisciplinary team effort and partnership with the child and parent/guardian. From bedside rounds with all disciplines represented to weekly planning meetings and follow-up calls, our care team works collaboratively to care for the children entrusted to us. Our nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, educators, clinical specialists, physicians, students and all of the other members of the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital team enjoy a rich and highly desirable practice environment. Our care is continuously improved through staff education, listening to patients and their families, collaboration within the multidisciplinary team, staff participation in care-related committees and the evaluation of care through performance improvement activities. Our patient care service leaders are hands-on, visible and exceptional at supporting their staff to provide the very best possible care.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles practices family-centered care that embraces the whole family. Parents and caregivers are brought into the care team from the beginning and have resources available ranging from social and emotional services to support groups to patient care education. We strive to support families in their natural, care-giving roles by building upon their unique strengths as individuals and as families, recognizing their individuality and respecting their different methods of coping. The collaboration and expertise of the staff with patients and families enables the team to devise a treatment plan that will provide optimal healing for the patient. Patient outcomes are maximized as patients receive most, if not all, services right here at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital.
The outpatient department serves as the hub of hospital activity with numerous clinics housed within the department. Services include various orthopaedic clinics, a scheduled and walk-in fracture clinic and a specialized plastic surgery clinic. To provide high-quality care, staff from many disciplines work together to care for our patients. Surgeons, physician assistants, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics staff, as well as care management and child life, all collaborate with our patients and families to ensure positive outcomes.
Our nurse care manager and social workers serve as the main contacts for patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles. The care manager assists with any questions related to appointments, future admissions or general needs patients may have. The care manager will assist with planning for surgery, discharge and complex medical needs. The care management staff will arrange referrals to community or health care agencies in the patient’s hometown. They assist in care planning, coordinate discharge and related needs, and provide support for transition back to the patient’s home, school and community. Our social workers provide ongoing psychosocial support throughout the treatment plan and they work with our families to assist in accessing resources.
Nurses and staff members in the inpatient care unit provide comprehensive care to patients. The staff provides patient-/family-centered care to patients before and after surgery. The care encompasses the use of evidence-based practice and its goals remain intuitive towards future developments of care, patient-/family-centered care and professional staff development. Furthermore, it is where you can truly see our motto of bringing Love to the rescue originated.
Occupational therapy helps children prepare for the transition away from the hospital and back to home or school by addressing everyday skills. Occupational therapy concentrates on modifying the environment and providing specialized equipment to promote greater independence. Our therapists assess cognitive skills and upper body control for feeding, dressing, hygiene and school skills. We provide custom upper extremity splints following surgery, as well as custom home programs tailored to each child’s needs.
Physical therapy is an important component of care following multiple lower extremity surgeries or to address gross motor delays. Physical therapy helps children improve their level of function so that each child can optimize their independence. Each patient’s program is tailored to his or her individual needs and developmental abilities. Family involvement is crucial and highly encouraged. Physical therapy services may include instruction of appropriate exercises to increase strength, mobility, walking quality, adaptive activities and training to use assistive devices including braces and prostheses. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles also assists families with attaining appropriate wheelchairs to meet each individual's needs.
Our child life department is staffed by certified therapeutic recreation specialists who provide services to both patients and their families to reduce the stress associated with staying in the hospital. Our specialists teach patients coping skills through offering opportunities to play, learn and interact with others in a safe environment. Play experiences help children express fears and misconceptions of hospitalization and medical procedures. Prior to upcoming procedures/hospital visits, our specialists meet on an individual basis with patients and their families to provide medical play and teaching opportunities. Medical play can help children feel informed and give the child a sense of control while becoming familiar with the hospital equipment. Other services include procedural support, pain management techniques, distraction activities and sibling support.
Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – West, LLC, located in our hospital, offers a full range of orthotic and prosthetic services, including upper and lower extremity prosthetic care, scoliosis bracing and a wide spectrum of orthotic services. We are truly the pediatric specialist in orthotic and prosthetic care.
We specialize in helping children achieve their dreams and reach their highest potential. This may mean a prosthetic device specialized for sports such as baseball, hockey and archery or for a musician needing to hold a violin bow or guitar pick.
Custom orthotic and prosthetic devices are fabricated specifically for fit and function for each child. Our practitioners and technicians are highly skilled to work specifically with the pediatric population. At POPS we utilize a team approach between the practitioners, physicians and therapy departments to provide the maximum outcomes for our patients.
During your visit, your physician may request that photographs be taken of your child’s condition. This visual record will assist your physician in evaluating your child before and after treatment and is often very helpful in documenting subtle changes that may occur with growth. For photographic clarity, your child may be photographed wearing minimal clothing. This is necessary so that the doctors can see as much of the body as possible.
Radiology provides a window into the body for the physician to assess pathology, extent of deformity or injury and physical changes over time. It is a key component for diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical correction as part of the patient care team. The radiology department has a child-friendly environment and the technologists are skilled in making patients comfortable. We strive to keep radiation doses as low as possible during X-rays by tailoring technical factors to the appropriate age and size of our patients.
Our outpatient clinic includes a comfortable family waiting area and kid-friendly rooms with colorful artwork to help put children at ease.
Telemedicine, or real-time videoconferencing, allows us to serve patients who live great distances from the hospital. We currently collaborate with Shrine Centers in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, and partners in Mexico. The program offers many benefits to our young patients and their families. Along with expanding outreach care and lowering transportation expenses, it also reduces the patient’s and family’s time away from home, school and work.