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Patient programs

Patient programs

Patient ambassador program

Patient ambassadors are current or former patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children or Shriners for Children Medical Center — Pasadena who have been selected and volunteer as champions for the Shriners Hospitals health care system by participating in special activities, events and other opportunities.

Organized through the public relations department, the patient ambassador program is a great way for patients and families to give the gift of their time and talent to the medical center. Patient ambassadors represent Shriners for Children Medical Center in their local communities and at the hospital or medical center in many ways, including photo shoots, video productions and speaking to Shrine temples (chapters). The patient ambassadors attend local Shriners chapter events and local Shriners Hospitals for Children events and fundraisers, and also participate in news stories on television, radio and in newspapers.

In addition to being invited to select events, patient ambassadors reap the benefits of building confidence and character through their participation. Patients and families have formed lifelong friendships in the program and our younger patients flourish by having the opportunity to meet older patients who have “been through it before.”

For more information on how to become a patient ambassador for the Shriners for Children Medical Center, please email Marketing and Communications, or call 626-389-9588.

Partnerships with local organizations

Shriners for Children Medical Center partners with a number of local organizations that provide activities, camps and other social opportunities for children with disabilities.

The Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle provides an outreach program at our medical center called The Painted Turtle Outpost, a couple of times a month. The focus is to bring the fun and spirit of their camp program into the medical center playrooms.

The Painted Turtle organization seeks to reach beyond illness, to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves. It is their mission to provide a year-round, life-changing environment for children and their families – one that allows children to participate in an authentic camp experiences by supporting their medical needs and providing their families with care, education and respite.

Learn more about The Painted Turtle.

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation's (AARBF) mission is to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and promote burn prevention education. The foundation supports the fire service and medical community to prevent burns and strives to address the needs of burn survivors throughout all the stages of recovery. AARBF’s staff and volunteers work closely with the community to host prevention programs, raise funds and provide services to burn survivors. AARBF’s programs include:

  • Champ Camp
  • Young Adult Summit
  • The Getaway
  • In-facility support and support groups
  • School Re-entry Program

The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium is a foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and children. They believe that there is a powerful and mutual exchange of hope and appreciation that occurs when artists share their time and talent with children facing unique medical conditions.

The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to:

  • Help children cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization
  • Promote opportunities for growth and development
  • Encourage socialization
  • Provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines

The Art of Elysium’s programs for hospitalized youth include fine arts, fashion design, music, media/theatre arts and arts-based self-esteem programs.

Love on 4 Paws

Love On 4 Paws is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to making a positive difference for those in need through animal assisted therapy. Volunteers accomplish this by sharing the joy, comfort and healing power of their pet's unconditional love.

Learn more about Love on 4 Paws.

Mini Therapy Horses

These horses help people in crisis – from the survivors of the San Bernardino tragedy to the children staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses while receiving critical medical procedures. The horses make weekly visits to the patients at The Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital and have fulfilled last wish requests. All of the minis are registered law enforcement therapy horses at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Civilian Volunteer Program. They are on-call 24/7 as members of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, providing comfort to those involved in traumatic incidents, and can be called upon as first responders at a moment’s notice.

Learn more about Mini Therapy Horses.

Spirit of Children

Spirit of Children brings fun and funding to local hospitals at Halloween and all year round by providing monetary donations, Halloween costumes, accessories and decorations. Their mission is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families through support of the child life departments at partner hospitals in our local communities. Since 2007, Spirit of Children has raised $65 million to provide child life funding for art, music, aquatic and pet therapy programs, as well as the purchase of educational items and toys used for distraction during medical procedures. One hundred percent of every dollar donated supports the child life departments in Spirit of Children's 144 partner hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Learn more about Spirit of Children.

Holidays and special occasions

At Shriners for Children Medical Center — Pasadena, we enjoy celebrating holidays. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to create memorable moments for our patients. The child life and recreational therapy departments work together to provide a holiday celebration that each child can enjoy. It could be a special cupcake after surgery on your birthday or even a visit from Santa.