The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) officially opened its new Neurological Institute Outpatient Center this week, providing expansive neurologic care for children with conditions including epilepsy, autism, neuromuscular disorders, craniofacial disorders, brain tumors, injuries affecting the central nervous system and more. The family-friendly 23,000-square-foot space is the largest pediatric clinic of its kind in the western United States to offers streamlined care for children with neurological conditions.
“The development and creation of this new center signals Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ steadfast commitment to being a resource for children with neurological conditions throughout their journey, from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation,” CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano said in an April 21 statement. “The Neurological Institute Outpatient Center allows the hospital to double the number of neurological patients treated annually through our nationally ranked Neurology and Neurosurgery programs.”
The center spans an entire floor of the hospital’s Sunset Boulevard campus and was designed with the needs of patients and families in mind. The space features 34 patient exam rooms, two subspecialty waiting rooms, state-of-the-art electroencephalogram (EEG) lab, a playroom, a large welcome lobby and murals created with input from patients.
“For every child treated at the Neurological Institute, we want the same thing: To help them achieve their greatest neurological potential,” Mark Krieger, MD, CHLA Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief, said. “We now have a space where experts in neurology and neurosurgery can work side-by-side with specialists in rehabilitation, psychology, diet therapy, social work, and genetic counseling to provide one-stop-shop care.”
To provide the most effective care, specialists throughout the hospital can collaborate with the Neurological Institute’s experts in nearly 20 subspecialties.
“The impact for families is huge,” Ashish Buttan, CHLA’s Executive Director, Neurological Institute and Behavioral Health, said. “We can avoid unnecessary delays in treatment. We can consider all the treatment approaches and present a comprehensive care plan. And most importantly, families have clarity about their care every step along the way.”
For more information about the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, visit https://www.chla.org/.