The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has announced that the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation has given a $5 million gift to support the hospital’s mission of delivering advanced patient care at CHLA. According to a CHLA news release, the hospital will name a new state-of-the-art facility for inpatient rehabilitation the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation Rehabilitation Center, which is presently under construction. The new rehabilitation center is under construction.

The new Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation Rehabilitation Center will offer patients excellent patient care in a new space that benefits from the most current findings related to integrating families into a child’s recovery from traumatic injury or life-threatening illness, as indicated on the CHLA news release. The new 22,000 square-foot, safari-themed rehabilitation center will house 22 patient beds in two isolation rooms, three semiprivate double rooms, and 16 private rooms.

In addition, the new rehabilitation center will provide a greater range of amenities and include advanced technologies. The space will also feature a large gym with 1,750 square feet of physical and occupational therapy space, an occupation therapy craft room, a recreation therapy room, a speech therapy room, a private treatment room, a Child Life playroom, and access to the hospital’s existing hydrotherapy room.

Gigi Carleton, president of the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation, states, “The Petersen Foundation’s gift is in furtherance of Mr. and Mrs. Petersen’s belief that children are our future and that each child deserves the opportunity and support to achieve his or her best.”

The CHLA news release notes that in order to advance the hospital’s efforts to secure community funds to complete construction of the new rehabilitation center, the foundation has also pledged a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $3.5 million, on all donations made to support the center’s completion through Dec. 31, 2016. The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation Rehabilitation Center is expected to open this coming October.

Source: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles